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How Money Conflicts With The Love Of Sport.

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Today money has become an important issue in sport and many times is controversial. Most children start out in a sport for social activity or to get away from their peers. As they progress to higher levels and start getting more competitive, the reality is we want to win. The love for sport is seen all around the world such as in the supporters, the coaches and most importantly, the players which leads to asking why do we play? Who do we play for? And What are we playing for? Coaches often say "play with your heart" during a competitive game and this doesn't come naturally. We have to learn and grow with a sport to appreciate it in ways that no-one can explain. So do professional players today play for the love or for the $400,000 cheque?Amateur athletes compete without any realistic hope that their sport will bring them riches or even cover expenses so why do they play? The lifestyle of an amateur player isn't exactly ideal but when you want to play a sport nothing can stop you. In many extreme sports such as snowboarding or skateboarding the lifestyle is very difficult as a beginner because of the uncertainty and progression time. Skateboarding isn't fully accepted in many areas because of the destruction done to private or government owned property. People say, "why don't they stick to the rules and only skateboard at a skate park". These remarks make sense in some ways but when we listen and understand the problem we realize that these young individuals started this activity to be different. Abiding by the rules and staying in one area wasn't chosen in the first place.How far will people go for the love of sport? The JFK plaza (ironically nicknamed love park) was built in 1960 at the eastern end of Philadelphia, it became a birth place for modern skateboarding. In 2002 the government of Philadelphia banned skateboarding and put in place a permanent police watch with a $300 fine, but this did not stop them (ushistory.org/love park). Professional skateboarder, Josh Kalis believes, "I think all those kids got a lot of heart. It just shows that love has true meaning to all these skaters, it's like they're fighting for a part of their life". Children and parents protested against the ban and a future demolishment, which goes to show if someone loves something, nothing can stop them.Many Professional athletes are said to be 'over-paid' such as the David Beckham deal with Real Madrid of Spain in June 2003. The four year contract was worth nearly fifty five million Canadian dollars. This isn't the main source of cash, he also receives money from sponsors such as Pepsi and Adidias. With all this cash coming in does he really need to still play, is it to keep up with the lifestyle of big houses and expensive cars? Or purely for the enjoyment of soccer?The conflict between money and love for sports is seen in all of today's activities such as basketball, ice hockey and football. Most people start a sport initially for the fun of playing, its when people...

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