We asked the very simple question, is money ruining sports?
Here is the podcast.
Here are some of the SMS messages.
Professional sports are the modern day "bread and circuses" to occupy the minds of the masses with frivolity and prohibit them from focusing on what is actually happening.
Aplogies if you found my text not very warm; Money in sport is indeed an issue but it seems you arent prepared at all.specoally the way you started the show.
Khalli Walli leave them alone
Money is a massive issue. All the costs of sport are inter related.... The price to be involved in a sport is going up and hence squeezing out the potential talent that can't afford it. Sport at a high level is becoming only for the rich or the very lucky
Hi James I think money is ruining sports. Talk about IPL cricket, it has totally commercialised cricket and we are losing its real flavour. Money makes players more greedy look at the amount of match fixing happening these days. Its all because of moaney!!!! Khurram Jamil
Sports money, movies money, politics money, media money. Money is big spoiler.... Naveen
Without question money is ruining the game of football . The players appear to have very little integrity and poor sportsmanship . With the exception ofa few ( Beckam ) players footballers are very poor role models . Julie m
The issue is lower paid players and gambling
Sorry - football again ! Corruption also comes from the top and seb Plather should step down ! Julie m
And here are the resources.
Is Money ruining sports?
Everyone knows that professional athletes make more money than they ever need, but is that hurting the sport? I think that money is slowing ruining the aspect of players playing for the love of the sport and now there playing for the money. What about college athletics where people say “They play for the love of the game because they’re not getting paid.” I think that it’s slowly moving from that to more of a big contract in the future type of league. Sports also have the problem that can be linked to more than sports. Gambling is more of an underground problem with sports then at the surface. People get more money hungry and they want to have more money. As notorious B.I.G. said “mo money, mo problems” and as it sounds, the more money you have, most likely you have more problems. Some players donate a lot of money back to charities or even hold many events with their name on it. As much as it sounds like I’m completely against the money aspect in sports, I feel that it also does good things. Personally if I was a division 1 athlete and I knew that a top 10 contract was on the line, I would more than likely change my mindset. Money has both good and bad influences on sports. All sports, either professional or amateur, have been affected and as time passes the more and more sports are going to be affected. Sometimes there are underlying issues but sometimes they can be right at the service.
Has money ruined sport?
By Hayden Meikle on Sat, 11 Feb 2012
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Professional sport in Otago and New Zealand. Discuss. Is professionalism ruining sport? Or enhancing it?
Should we have sympathy for professional sports organisations struggling to pay the bills?
Or do they only have themselves to blame? Are the grass roots withering because the elite sector of sport is sucking up all the funding?
Or is there simply less money available? Are leading athletes paid too much? Or not enough?
If "the model is broken", then what is the solution? And what does "cutting our cloth to fit" really mean?
Is New Zealand simply too small a country to sustain the present amount of professional sport?
Perhaps there are no simple answers to those questions.
But we hope to stir up some debate with our series, Survival Game, which will appear in the Otago Daily Times over the next week.
Prompted by the severe financial troubles encountered by, principally but not exclusively, the Highlanders, Otago rugby and now the Steel netball franchise, our series will look at some of the issues vexing the professional codes.
We start today with some background to the struggles suffered by organisations in the South and in other parts of the country.
Next week, we call in the experts to examine the state of professional sport in New Zealand, look at the impact television has had on the major codes, and consider the difficult topic of whether spiralling player wages are a problem.
The series will end with an examination of how some of the problems might be solved, and the views of those who are trying to turn around troubled organisations.
Most importantly, we want to know what you - the readers, the fans, the critics whose voices count the most - think about the state of professional sport, the struggles faced by Otago rugby and other organisations, and what the future might hold.