How much are sports worth?

How much are sports worth? There was one particular high school that chose to put too much effort, time, and money into sports rather than the school’s education program.

To cut costs, the district had already laid off eight employees and closed the middle-school campus, moving its classes to the high-school building; the elementary school hadn’t employed an art or a music teacher in years; and the high school had sealed off the science labs, which were infested with mold. Yet the high school still turned out football, basketball, volleyball, track, tennis, cheerleading, and baseball teams each year.

How much do sports really cost?

Football at Premont cost about $1,300 a player. Math, by contrast, cost just $618 a student. For the price of one football season, the district could have hired a full-time elementary-school music teacher for an entire year. But, despite the fact that Premont’s football team had won just one game the previous season and hadn’t been to the playoffs in roughly a decade, this option never occurred to anyone.

There is such a huge emphasis on sports even in high school that the school district begins to place sports higher in priority over education. For this particular school, they almost gave up sports for school and one of the upperclassman students said this:

Would you rather have sports or school?

One fascinating point about this article was that it was showing how other countries compared to America treat their sports and school so very differently. Americans have the mindset of sports being a right not a privilege. Most 0f this emphasis on sports is that the coaches get paid a lot for their salary and think that they are bigger and better than others around them.

Football is, far and away, the most expensive high-school sport. Many football teams have half a dozen or more coaches, all of whom typically receive a stipend. Some schools hire professional coaches at full salaries, or designate a teacher as the full-time athletic director. New bleachers can cost half a million dollars, about the same as artificial turf. Even maintaining a grass field can cost more than $20,000 a year. Reconditioning helmets, a ritual that many teams pay for every year, can cost more than $1,500 for a large team. Some communities collect private donations or levy a special tax to fund new school-sports facilities.

 

The impact of coaching salaries on sport industry is becoming more and more involved, and is affecting areas around the industry. For example, with this high school situation, coaching salaries are getting a higher priority than teacher’s salaries.

The sport industry is becoming out of control. Will this stop or get worse? Only time will tell. However, there is a huge impact of the players and coaching salaries on sport industry.

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2013/10/the-case-against-high-school-sports/309447/

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