Athletes, Property or Humans?

The world of professional sports is fascinating. These guys get to do what they love to do and get paid millions of dollars. That is honestly the life everyone wants to live. This dream does come with some drawbacks. These athletes are getting paid big money and they are counted on to help win games for the teams they play for. Professional sports are strictly business first and players second. This can be bad for a teams image in a few ways. For example there is the trade deadline. This is where teams try and score big name players for a price that teams can afford. Typically players that are well known all stars don’t go anywhere, they typically stay with the teams they are on by resigning. Players that are only average or below average typically will bounce around in the league they play for due to trades. Ishmel Smith, an NBA player currently player for the Detroit Pistons has played for 11 NBA teams. Now he could like being the player that moves around this much. Personally I think that can cause way to much stress on a players body. These types of players also have to able to accept traveling and moving living spaces frequently. Also these players have to watch their money. I feel professional teams need to look at the long run for some players. When first drafted these players may sit for a little bit but these players typically progress well. Instead of waiting teams just trade players to other teams and the players deteriorate. I wish teams would think about futures instead of money. Now sometimes need to look at just money, but for those teams who have enough need to stop treating players like property. If teams acted like this think about how much better professional sports will be.

-players would be happier

-Fans would get to see the players they want to see

-Teams would make more money from attendance

This of course is just my opinion and it probably will not make a difference but at least people can try and see my side of things when it comes to player rights.



Former Lewis Student Shares Insight

Former Lewis University student Shane Gustafson spoke to a writing class of mine last week. He provided great insight on being a reporter. Shane spent his tenure at Lewis as a broadcast journalism major. He touched on the difficulties of the job. One example he provided was the first story he had to write for the company he works for. He had to do a package on a new ice machine the local town was receiving. He said it was mostly difficult because it was such a small thing. It was tough to find people to interview about the topic. He said no matter what you are given it is your responsibility to turn it into something newsworthy. I do not want to pursue a career in being a reporter but i do think it is important to still have the knowledge just in case you have no other option. Shane also touched on his favorite things about the job:

-You get to meet a lot of people.

-You can do most of the work on your own time, however there are still deadlines you have to meet.

-you gt to travel to a lot of places you did not know about.

-depending on where you move up the money cam be great.

I felt hearing Mr. Gustafson speak was very important too me as an individual and as a student. The information he provided not only helped learn more about the job, it also answered a good amount of questions I had for my media writing class. I feel everyone who is interested in being a reporter should watch Mr. Gustafson’s demo on you tube. You will see him in some very interesting situations. My favorite was when he was standing in a storm doing a live broadcast. I am very content he took the time to speak with my class and I hope to hear from him again with some more information on being a reporter and journalist.