For many, college football got a bit more intriguing; losses by top teams once again threw the playoff picture upside down. Ohio State and Oklahoma State fell hard; the beneficiaries so far include Oklahoma and Iowa. We even had a major shocker in men college basketball, as first place University of North Carolina lost to Northern Iowa; and accordingly was punished in poll rankings. Under a much larger sports umbrella, the National Football League has two teams still undefeated, Patriots and Panthers; while the once unbeaten Bengals are experiencing a losing slide, two games and counting. Lucky for them they face the Rams, also in the same bad skid. In all this excitement, we also have women basketball and volleyball. Regarding volleyball, most conferences have crowned their champions. Next up the NCAA tournament. The top three teams are now Southern California, Washington, Texas. In women basketball, the top team remains the University of Connecticut.
Notably, the dynamics and continuity of sports is as much a relationship between owners and players as action on the field. Disruptions and economic consequences from strikes, contract disputes, and court fights confirm that. One discourse gaining traction comes from a lawsuit filed against the Legends Football League by a former player, Melissa Margulies. The league is essentially women football, whose uniform is basically a bikini with butt checks somewhat exposed, coupled with shoulder pads and helmet. Whatever the ultimate findings, the complaint implies anticipated compensation did not materialized and they are employees not independent contractors. The point taken is not whose right; the focus speaks to how a window of opportunity in starting a new sporting entity was lost. Somehow, we see a typical disconnect; one excluding a balanced approach incorporating both short and long-term profit sharing between ownership and players, utilizing reasonable measurable factors. Something of a similar case is moving thru the courts entailing colleges and student athletes.
Of course, we as fans spend most our time absorbed on the entertainment portion, game strategy, big plays and play makers, winners and losers. Our chance to showing support, having fun. And let’s not forget, speaking our peace at the office water cooler. Yet, we appear to be less tolerate on certain methodology of things quite common and normally accepted in the past, during practice and game times. Perhaps motivated by the rise of society’s safety and health consciousness. However, a surface understanding of the Legends Football League suggests public criticism is silent when evaluating management on the pay scale and fringe benefits offered to players. In contrast, the pros and cons spoken surrounds the uniforms or lack thereof. Ironically, amid this uproar, the great advertising theory is sex sells. More typically, sporting events are not attended just for the game; sporting entities at the professional level are operating to stay profitable.
The table talk is often of who deserves the number one ranking; which sport or conference or division is the best; whose the best player; what makes a good coach; and why we all should be a fan of your team. We really don’t see greater layperson analytical conversations across sports, concerning long-term economic sharing and treatment between management and athletes. It is as applicable for colleges as it is for professionals.