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Why do full time professional sports exist?

Asked by talljasperman (21916points) September 15th, 2013

It would seem that the strongest and fastest of the bunch should be in the workforce paving roads and solving crimes/ chasing criminals first then playing games second?

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ragingloli's avatar

Because there is a lot of money to be made with it.
And by the way, they spend most of the time training, which they have to be at the performance level they are. Not much time to actually run after crims.
And if they spent more time chasing crims, or worst, waiting around for crims to chase, their performance would deteriorate to the point of making pointless, performance wise, to pick professional athletes for these jobs.

ucme's avatar

To entertain, that’s good enough for me.
A better question would be, “Why don’t all the actors become politicians?”
They’re living a lie after all, fakers that they are.

marinelife's avatar

Because people love games. hey always have. Even the Mayans had Ball courts.

SadieMartinPaul's avatar

Have you ever heard of “A-Rod money”?

Most athletes will never get to play professionally. Among those who do get the opportunity, very few get to have long, successful careers and huge contracts. For the lucky few, however, the rewards are tremendous. Also, a guy (or gal) gets to do what he loves best for a living, and it’s a safe bet that paving roads isn’t on his Top 10 list.

talljasperman's avatar

~ Maybe paving roads should be an Olympic sport?
Maybe those who go into the trades should be celebrated/paid more? To retain talent.

Blondesjon's avatar

Because inner-city kids and rural small town children need a way out they can still realistically dream about.

go packers

CWOTUS's avatar

If you continue the thought process that led to this question in the first place – which is not a bad question, by the way – then you would also ask the same questions about art, music, theater, fiction writing in general, movies, and any other form of non-edible non-structural (shelter-related) or other capital / infrastructure production. Why do those exist at all? How can we “afford” them?

We can afford to have those elements in our lives – assuming you don’t live in North Korea where it is compulsory to support those things but not enjoy them – because we produce enough of the essentials, and can trade with others making other goods, to build up additional wealth in societies all around the world. That is, the economy that does exist to pave roads (and why do we need roads, by the way?) and grow and distribute food and mine and refine metals and fuels, etc., is so productive that it allows us to accumulate wealth to spend on non-essentials such as entertainment.

Don’t forget the popcorn.

talljasperman's avatar

@CWOTUS So sports and non-essentials are luxuries then? You would think the necessities should be taken care of first, work first play second? I would think of it when running over a pothole when going to a game?

ucme's avatar

Rugby for pussies.

Blondesjon's avatar

american footballers wear pads because the collisions are a thousand times more damaging than the way those girls slap each other . . .

ragingloli's avatar

you keep telling yourself that

ucme's avatar

No, they wear pads coz they’re bleeding pussies…aye thang yoo.

Blondesjon's avatar

y’all keep counting on your opinions. i’ll stick with physics . . .

CWOTUS's avatar

If you think that the world depends on you specifically to fill all of the potholes and produce all of the bricks and building materials and food that it needs, then I guess you’d never enjoy any time off, @talljasperman. Fortunately with modern division of labor and money-based economies, it doesn’t. Enjoy the game.

SadieMartinPaul's avatar

Because I need to have the Red Sox rule my entire life for 6 months per year! Hooray for Major League Baseball!!! (Seriously, I subscribe to a baseball cable TV service and seldom miss a game.) This year, the Sox just might keep me obsessed for 7 months.

ucme's avatar

You keep counting on an abacus, me, i’ll use a calculator.

elbanditoroso's avatar

The main reason is that we live in a free country and society, not a planned economy like Russia or China used to be.

Among other things, this means that people can choose their own professions based on their skills, and they can be paid whatever they can negotiate.

Among other things, its why socialism and communism ultimately fail, and why market economies eventually take over.

DeanV's avatar

Because they’re fun to watch and get invested in.

Go Seahawks, fuck the Packs for not beating the 49ers.

josie's avatar

You’re right.

Draft them immediately and force them to pave a few roads!

gondwanalon's avatar

Because people are bored with their lives and are very willing to part with their hard earned money to escape for a little while.

DWW25921's avatar

It’s a business. That’s why. People make a lot of money selling T-Shirts and tickets. Advertisers go nuts signing up players to endorse their cheap crap so we’ll buy it. It’s just how the business is run.

Katniss's avatar

Because I would surely die without my Detroit Red Wings. I LOVE hockey with a passion.

El_Cadejo's avatar

Modern day gladiatorial blood sports….Go alpha male and such….

Kropotkin's avatar

Full-time professional sports exist because people like watching sports, and anything people like watching — advertisers like.

Sports then become tailored to the interests of the advertisers, who themselves prefer a more affluent target market who are more likely to buy their products. I think this may be partly why there’s been such a gentrification of some spectator sports—higher ticket prices, and moves to pay-per-view TV and subscription fees.

Some people think this is the epitome of freedom, or something.

Sueanne_Tremendous's avatar

7 on 7 rugby is the bomb

ucme's avatar

Sevens can be exhilarating, love watching Fiji in that, so explosive.
I prefer full on test matches though, roll on November.

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