Believe it or not, contracts have become a huge part of life. We use contracts all the time whether it be to buy a house or a friendly deal. They are good for holding somebody accountable for something but if it is for relationships it might not be the best idea. The place we see them most, s professional sports. All they time we are hearing about contract extensions or huge contract offers. Lets take a look at a few that catch everybody’s eyes.
Mike Stanton just got a contract offer for $325 million for 13 years. This almost is not fair. It has somewhat come down to, in professional sports, that there really is no concept of the team. When the player is through with his/ her contract, they seek more money and do not necessarily care what team they are on. Obviously there are some exceptions but this has been an occurring thing as time is going forward. This relates to Hobbes because in his book “The Leviathan”, he explains that people are self- motivated and selfish. The people will try to better themselves before looking at the whole (team/ group). Speaking of being selfish and not for the team, we can look at Frank Gore.
In 2011, Gore was in the last year of his contract with the 49ers. He decided to skip mini camp (which was mandatory) in order for his deal to be put through, if you will. This is a prime example of what Hobbes was talking about. He did not care about the team or them getting better, he only cared about getting his money and doing what he had to do. Doing things differently, the 49ers made a rule that only when the player reports to camp that they can negotiate their contracts (1). This ultimately helped them, becoming more of a team and becoming a dominant team in the NFL.
Speaking of this team concept, the Kansas City Royals are a great example. These players were a bunch of “no name” players for a while, all coming together in the minors. They did not have huge contracts, they just played for the love of the game. They struggles for a little but, this past year, they made it to the world series. Everyone of them did not care about how much they were getting paid, but cared about being a team and winning and losing, how sports should be portrayed.
I have a younger brother at 10 years old and you can see this taking a toll on him and his peers. Kids now a days are seeing the selfishness of these athletes and it is rubbing off on them. As I watch my brothers basketball games, I can see the two kids on the court, on the same team, hog the ball and play for themselves. I ask my brother “Why don’t the other kids on your team pass the ball?”. He responds, “In the NBA….” and go off on a rant on how the best players play for themselves. Kids idolize tons of athletes all over the world and in today’s world, there is a huge change that is making professional sports something it never was and something that needs to be changed.