CH 6 Handout - 14.) Professional sports leagues limit the...

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14.) Professional sports leagues limit the number of teams for many different reasons. Mainly, there is only so much talent, in most sports, worthy of playing for serious money at a professional level. Many leagues want to keep things exciting and do not want to stretch out their talent amongst so many teams that people will stop watching. Baseball is a prime example of this situation. In many of the farm leagues, or semi-pro teams, there are many players who feel as though they are matured and seasoned enough to be playing everyday. Their batting numbers are usually rather high, and baseball could certainly afford another team or two of hitters. However, this is not the same for pitchers. There are so few pitchers in the minor leagues that are ready to start in the professional games every day. Baseball does not want to stretch their pitching talent out so much that it becomes solely a hitter's game and fans will end up watching less. From an economic standpoint, there are many effects of an expansion upon a sports league. The new team will add a whole set of new starting fielders and pitchers who will be demanding, and most certainly receiving higher salaries than they probably deserve just because they will now be starting. Also, as a league, baseball could potentially gain a large fan base from the city the place the team and make a profit, or lose a large fan base from so many people who are against the new expansion team and experience a loss in profits. Adding a new team is a very expensive process as well, as new stadiums need to be built as well as numerous other expenses that run the league quite a tab. This is not something that happens often, and the thought process and procedure for entering a new team into most any sport takes time and every aspect, including economical, is factored into the equation. 13.) Mike Tyson, a professional boxer who can barely read and write is making a name and earning millions of dollars through his profession, while the income of a person with a Ph.D. degree may not be sufficient to help him or her pay for the cost of his or her basic needs. This statement holds so much validity that it is almost scary to think what our society is turning into. There is no possible way that beating an opponents face in is as helpful to society as a person with a college education looking to make an honest living. Society sees this person, who has worked extremely hard their entire life to make a decent living and to attempt to obtain a successful job as ordinary, as in this person does not meet the requirements of society. The boxer on the other hand, is known
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