Posts Tagged ‘athletes’

MLB and MTV??

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Although television is not considered a new form of media or technology by any means, reality shows on channels such as E!, MTV, and Bravo have grown more popular in recent years. However, I think we’ve all had enough of the Kardashians. Celebrities and wanna-be stars are becoming more and more over the top as they show the world glimpse into their “fab” lifestyles of excess.

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Perhaps this is why reality television shows are turning to athletes to continue gaining viewers. Athletes including Ryan Lochte, Lamar Odom, Kris Humphries, Apolo Anton Ohno, and many other athletes and Olympians have appeared on or starred in their own reality shows, increasing their popularity or infamy, in some cases. Perhaps shows that feature purely athletes and teams (Two-A-Days, Venus and Serena) have given Major League Baseball an idea to join the trend.

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According to Business Insider and Associated Press, Boston Red Sox player David Ortiz is collaborating with Pittsburgh Pirates player Andrew McCutchen to produce a reality TV show on MTV. The show hopes to “meld pop culture and baseball” throughout a 30-episode series. Tim Brosnan, executive MLB vice president stated the show’s main goal was to “promote the game and its players with a young generation” which should reach out to target populations, increase the fan-base, and increase interest in baseball. Brosnan went on to state “Like any other business, cultivating new fans and customers is, was and always will be an imperative for baseball.”

http://www.businessinsider.com/mtv-and-major-league-baseball-are-collaborating-on-a-new-television-series-2013-11#ixzz2kTUELbKu

The show has not yet been named, but generating “hype” about the show via twitter, vine, facebook, etc. would aid in its success and achievement of its goals. Vine is a new form of media that continues to gain popularity. Perhaps the show’s producers could begin creating vines to help advertise the show, or create an iPhone app to host fan’s predictions/opinions/etc.

Note: This post is NOT saying TV is the new media. The success and fame of reality TV star athletes/Olympians  (NOT TV itself) is the outlet and new form of media to gain fans and draw attention to a specific athlete or team.

More Exercise or More $$$$?

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

The situation for Sondra paying US$125 for her two children to play in a youth baseball league is financially troublesome for her.  Once she realized this was not fitting her budget she spoke with the director of the recreation center.  He told her that because of the current budget cuts they were unable to assist her with the fees and that playing sports was a privilege, not a right.  Without the financial help from the recreation center it seems as though Sondra’s children will be unable to participate in the youth baseball league.  Does it seem ethically right to offer youth sports to people who are financially capable or should the people with issues be provided with help? Simple, it should be attacked like college by offering the financial aid approach for people with those needs.

Unfortunately, the tough place that Sondra is put in financially is an issue that pertains to many families.

From the article Youth sports costing more time and money:

It is a reality that many parents are facing when it comes to their children playing sports. Want your child to get a college scholarship? Be prepared to ante up. Even if your child does excel at the game, there are only so many scholarships to go around. Playing competitive sports isn’t cheap. And there isn’t really any end in sight.

With entering two children into the recreation program, Sondra receives a US$25 discount.  Although this helps her out slightly, she is still having issues meeting the financial demands to enter her children into the program.

Since youth sport has become an issue for the budget of some families, some youth programs have applications families can fill out to find the financial assistance in paying for these sports. For example financial aid for Youth Sports YMCA is now provided. The YMCA site says:

Thanks to the United Way of the Midlands and the YMCA’s “Strong Kids Campaign,” financial assistance is available for those in need within our available resources.

This can be found at http://youth-sports.metroymca.org/membership/financial-aid/

By providing families with the option to apply for financial aid, it allows for them to be more capable of paying for their children to participate in youth sports.  If this can be done in more areas, then more children will be able to stay active in sports that they like to engage and participate in.

Lowering GPA standards: Until you get paid millions of dollars to play a sport you better be reading a book

Friday, October 25th, 2013

Many athletes these days are starting to lose the pride of the term STUDENT athlete. When I hear the term student athlete I think of someone who works just as hard on the field/court as they do in the classroom. Some high schools are beginning to lower the standard for athletes when it comes to the GPA required to compete, going from a 2.5 GPA to a 1.7 GPA. Having lowered the GPA it is okay if an athlete who has 6 classes to have 4 C’s and 2 D’s, that is passing! In these high schools I believe administrators are attempting to keep some athletes off the streets and trying to prevent them from getting into trouble such as joining gangs, selling or doing drugs.

As much as administrators are trying to keep these athletes out of these situations, it does not help them succeed in life because once they graduate high school, will they have a GPA high enough to attend college? If an athlete cannot pass and/or struggles with the subjects Math, English or Science all being the core subjects of standardizing testing and of the ACT/SAT, how can they get a high school diploma? Even more so if an athlete wants to play at a collegiate level will they be able to get their GPA high enough to be accepted into an institution? Will they be able to maintain a GPA high enough to be eligible for playing time?  Al Woods author of “Warning: Student Athletes, Bad Grades Will Make You Invisible to College Coaches!” writes:

“I would guarantee you that one of the first questions a college coach will ask anyone about a particular student athlete is: “What are their grades like?”If the answer to that question is not a good answer, then you can best believe that’s the end of that discussion about that student athlete.” -Woods, Al

Therefore, administrators are not setting up these student athletes to be successful later on in life after high school. And until these athletes can prepare for their studies on a daily basis as they would if they were to play in the state championship game, they are going to have a hard time being victorious.