At some point in the past decade, America’s love of professional sports became an unhealthy obsession. Led by mind-boggling revenue deals garnered by the NFL and other major sports leagues, including the NCAA, U.S. culture came to elevate and glamorize sports to an unprecedented degree.
With pro football now televised Thursday, Sunday and Monday nights, the NFL will bring in $5 billion per year from TV alone through 2022. The NCAA garnered $1.5 billion for March Madness in 2013. Next season, the NBA must spend $57 million in salary per team.
Sports pages lionize athletes with language previously reserved for the most esteemed members of our society. Football players are “warriors,” basketball stars are “godlike” and baseball jocks are “super men.”