In class, we discussed professionalism and what jobs are considered professional. One job that gets to own professionalism is professional athletes. They get to use professional as their title. However, are they really professional? The definition of professionalism from our lecture is “an occupational grouping that has the sole authority to recruit, train and supervise its own members.” Under this definition professional athletes are not all that professional. They do train, but they do not do their own recruiting, and their job is not to supervise. So why do we consider them professional? We consider them professional because they get paid more than the average household income, they have professional training, they have sponsorships, and they are a step above amateurism. They certainly do not work a nine to five job, they do not dress in business attire, and though they do get recruited themselves but athletes do not do the actual recruiting.
For the longest time, sports have been thought of as a way to get away from work and simply enjoy the simplicity of sports as a whole, whether that be through the spectator role or as a player. Either way, sports have generally been seen as a way to get away from things like mathematics and anything else that would be described as work. In recent years, however, professional sports have become increasingly popular, drawing in millions of spectators. The world of sports is no longer solely about play, but also about the business of the sport and the profits associated with a team’s image. With the immense popularity in professional sports, many people are now questioning whether or not the money and business associated with teams is taking the play out sports. Continue reading