A DYING SPORT: WHY NASCAR CAN’T COMPETE WITH OTHER SPORTS

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“An aging fan base with no real replacements.”


NASCAR is a family owned sporting events organization that governs over auto-car racing series. It has been in existence for 70 years and popularity has held on strong all these years. But with an aging generation, what is to come of NASCAR. Also in combination with the social climate and lack of global competitiveness, NASCAR is a dying sport. Now you might ask yourselves, what do you mean by the social climate, aging fan base, and the lack of competition. From the looks of the audience attendance, socially it looks fine. People are having a good time and getting along just great. And the competition could never be greater. So what am I eluding to that is why the sport could possibly be dying out.

For starters, the social climate of NASCAR that is unlike any other sport. For years, the “image” of NASCAR has been the good ole boys. Whether true or not, Confederate Flags, racial sentiment, and hardcore right wing conservatism has been the face. NASCAR for years have fought against these claims Related imagestating they are in no way shape or form associated with such degradation. Yet, when the CEO Brian France decided to make the move and endorse Donald Trump for president, more questions started to arise. So now, NASCAR has that image, an image no other sport has attached to it. Me, myself, I have never been to an event, nor have I ever seen a NASCAR event, but you just know that image exist. An image which turns you off at a young age.

Well, well, is that the only reason that NASCAR could be dying out. No, another reason is that there is an aging generation associated with NASCAR. The real lovers of NASCAR are so much older, and younger generations are turning to sports like football, basketball, hockey, soccer, and baseball. Who is to keep NASCAR going with so many older fans, and young fans fleeing for something else. Certain well known names synonymous with NASCAR have made the sport popular. But even they are nowhere near the popularity of other sports athletes. This sport makes you feel old when you watch because of the fan base. Everyone seems like my grandfather’s era who loves the sport. Yet, there is still another reason why NASCAR is falling in popularity.

And here is my biggest concern with NASCAR, the lack of global competitiveness. For example, Danica Patrick is great, but is she better than a race car driver in Russia, China, or Italy. Lebron James is great because he not only competes in the NBA, but have competed in the Olympics against the greatest in the world. So when you watch the NBA, you know you’re Image result for global sportswatching the greatest on Earth. And that’s what NASCAR need to do; open up the competitions to a global base. Find the best who do what you do elsewhere, bring them into the loop and then win. Now when people show up, they are given the pleasure of watching the greatest in the world. Right now, you know they’re good, but I know someone elsewhere who can beat you. So what is your greatness really?

And in the end, it all comes down to competition. You would think maybe it’s age, but the fan base who patronize the games of a lot of pro sports is middle age. You might say, what about diversity, but tennis, golf, and hockey are not as diverse, yet more popular than NASCAR. It all comes down to the competition. NASCAR is very isolated from the rest of sports on Earth. The globe competes in everything else: MLB has been known to have global games, Track and Field, NBA, NHL, Wimbledon, PGA, Soccer, even the NFL has Canadian, European leagues, and now, regular season games overseas. Yet NASCAR is left out because they have created an organization of isolation. And the problem with isolation is that it’s dangerous because you kill your ability to grow.


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LEBRON HATE: WHY PEOPLE WANT HIM TO FAIL SO BAD

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“He’s not the first and won’t be the last.”


NBA All-Star Lebron James has been dealing with controversy ever since he decided to leave Cleveland the first time and head to the Miami Heat. Since then, he has returned to Cleveland, yet the hate has still been going strong. And now that he has surpassed Michael Jordan as the all-time leader in scoring in the playoffs, people having been making the comparison. Now, more hate than ever has popped up because he’s being compared to arguably the greatest NBA player in history. So I started to come up with a theory as to why people may have an issue with Lebron being compared to Jordan. And it has to do with two things: his move to Miami and breaking records.

The first issue people have with Lebron and being compared to Jordan is that Jordan never left the Bulls for another team. When he left basketball, it was to go to play baseball and that was for a short stint. Jordan also never asked other athletes for help because he couldn’t win a championship with the Bulls himself. So that move caused a lot of people to not like him also. Nonetheless, he went 2-4 in wins in the NBA finals with the Miami Heat before returning to Cleveland. Then, as he returned, his first year back, he was defeated by Golden State Warriors, then beat them next year. Now, he is in the conversation with the greats. People are still not willing to let go of the Miami move and don’t feel he earned his rings. But another reason for the disdain is the broken records.

We look at Michael Jordan as this deity of basketball, so when Lebron surpassed him, it was major. Lebron has not only broken his playoff point record, but also seems to show no signs of slowing down. We look at Jordan like this unbeatable God that no one in our lifetime could beat, then James comes along and crush. And that’s the hate he receives, he crushed so many belief systems in the impossible. When you think you have witnessed something special and someone comes along and completely kills the idea of the impossible. But people, come on now, records are meant to be broken. Just as Lebron broke MJ’s record, someone will eventually come along to beat Lebron’s records.

See, in the end, Lebron is not the only person to be compared to a past beloved athlete and get rejected. And now James is in the NBA finals and more people want him to lose more than ever. They want him to lose so bad, and it’s sad. Sad, not just because people are routing another man’s failure. Sad because their greatest moment in life might be another man’s misfortune.


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THE PATRIOT AGENDA: WHY PEOPLE REALLY ARE UPSET WITH KAEPERNICK

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“Disrespecting the flag; there has to be more to the hate.”


It has been nearly six months since the end of the 2016 NFL season and quarterback Colin Kaepernick is still without a job. For those who are unaware of Colin Kaepernick, he is an NFL quarterback who last played for the San Francisco 49ers. Colin received adulation from many as he aided in rallying his team to the NFL Super Bowl back in 2013. Although they lost against the Baltimore Ravens 34 – 31, Kaepernick saw himself becoming a prospect among top NFL quarterbacks. But last season in 2016, Kaepernick refused to stand for the national anthem sighting he was protesting police brutality against minorities. He stated he could not stand and pledge to a flag, which represented freedom while innocent Black men were being killed by cops.

It immediately sent people into a rage. He was receiving everything from hate mail from fans to sportscasters attacking him. But my question is, “Are people really this patriotic?” Because as I walk the streets on a daily basis, I see plenty of opportunities to be patriotic, but people don’t. You walk through the mall and see military recruitment offices. With how patriotic people are being, you would think that recruitment offices are packed. They are not, as a matter of fact, they are having a hard time recruiting in military. Why in a nation where a president just said we need a stronger military is there limited military enrollment. Because no one want to risk their child going into battle over something they may not agree with.

So why not just be honest about how we really feel. Memorial Day was yesterday and we all had flags flying. Gave discounts on food at restaurants, and some people even shook the hands of troops. But on a daily we don’t live that way. So once again, where does the real sentiment over Colin Kaepernick come from in America? I’m sure there is a demographic of people who take issue with Kaepernick, but what is the real reason? To me, I have two positions on why people take issue with Colin. The first is a racial aspect and the other financial.

The reason I say racial is because outspoken Black males have been an issue with a lot of people throughout history. Jim Brown was criticized in the past and now Kaepernick. And it not only is in sports, it extends itself to all sorts of American life. I wonder would the same outcry of emotion come when it’s a popular White player. I have a theory and my theory is such. I feel people want to say, “You shouldn’t even be in your position.” “Be lucky you’re there because if not for sports you probably wouldn’t be doing nothing with your lives.” “I’m sick of Black people talking, shut up do what I say, and leave it at that.” Patriotism is real, but it’s not this real in America. How about another reason to be angry?

That other reason could be financial in America. We are living in society where so many people are stressed from not having their money right. Now this millionaire athlete they feel is complaining, so they are fighting back. I come from the Midwest, and plenty of people are barely surviving. So they are bringing their own financial woes into the equation. To them, they don’t know one moment to the next if they will survive or not, so they need a reason to be upset. A lot of people angry don’t watch football, or don’t even watch the team that Colin plays for in the NFL. So it’s just another aspect of America that gives people the reason to be angry.

In the end, people may have a legitimate reason for not liking what he did, but the level of disdain is not real. It’s not real because we are not this patriotic on this level in our daily society. If it were reflective in our daily lives I wouldn’t mind. But we are also very selective in our fights. We are for what people believe as long as it is for something we like in life. Good is good if it’s good for me. But at this point, I don’t see Colin on a team anytime soon. For now he is in limbo and only time will tell.


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GRABBING LAVAR BY THE BALL: WHY HE SHOULD BE MORE MENTAL AND LESS VERBAL

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“Success comes from mental strategy, not verbal emotion.”


Over the recent months there have been a man in the news whose son is a potential NBA draft pick. His name is Lavar Ball, and his UCLA collegiate basketball playing son is Lonzo Ball.  Lavar has been in the news lately surrounding his parenting style with his sons as well as his business dealings in their lives. Now, I have written about Lavar in the past, and I commend him on his parenting. As a matter a fact I think that most boys, especially young Black boys in inner cities across America could use a Lavar as a father. People say that his sons fear him. Good, a respectable fear of their father. A man preparing them for the world.

My issue is not his parenting, I have an issue with the branding of his son. And it’s not what you think as it pertains to making his son a brand. It has to do with giving too much of yourself away. You give too much to people who are actually in a position to stifle you, before you can actually attempt. How so you might ask? Well, for starters, Lonzo is not a boxer, Lonzo is not a tennis player, and Lonzo is not a golfer. He will be on a team and not a singular athlete. He need to come into the environment, scope out the landscape and then make decisions for business. If anything Lavar should try to encourage his son to hold off on endorsements. And they should be strategist behind closed doors.

Another reason Lavar might want to fall back a little. It has to do with the idea that just because we draft him, don’t mean we have to play him. Your son will be made an example of, which could effect the Big Baller Brand. You as his father want him to play, you lie in the cut and observe the landscape. Then mentor him on what you’re seeing and what moves to make off the court. Lavar is making himself and his intentions way too obvious. You’re giving people who may not want to see you succeed, too many of your golden nuggets. Now, he may not see it as that, but there are ways to keep you from becoming the star on the court. Because if he kills in basketball, then the shoes will sell. But if he is not allowed to play, then he can’t kill, and ultimately the shoes don’t sell and bye bye to Big Baller Brand.

Now you must have a little more strategy. Some People might take that as me bowing down to the system. But it’s not about bowing down, it’s about like I said before; not making yourself obvious. Because if you are telling people your platform before you get the platform, they will systematically stop you from having the platform. So what do you have to do? You have to come in, look around, peep out how things move. See the people who are the movers and shakers. Then manipulate it to work for you and your son. Then you hit with the Big Baller Brand. There are steps to take to be the great thing you aspire to become. But understand, that in order for you to rise, you have to take shares from someone or another entity. So, be ready for the backlash.

In the end, you have to not make yourself or your intentions appear obvious. Lie in the cut, then hit them with the Big Baller Brand. People will feel you not only deserve it, but are willing to patronize. It’s unfair, but America and the world at large is about perception. Perception in business can typically be greater than reality. So play into the perception, with the real intentions. Meaning, Lavar should say, “My son and I have come to a mutual agreement that he won’t be pursuing an endorsement at this moment.” “We’re going to let him come in, feel the game, and go from there.” “We are open to partnerships/joint ventures, but first I want to see how he performs at the next level.” All the while, you’re building the Big Baller Brand from ground level. This way when he hit, you hit on the business side; thus also setting your next two sons who are currently in high school up for greatness via their brother’s platform.


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PAY FOR PLAY: SHOULD THE NCAA PAY ITS PLAYERS?

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“What is wrong with payment?”


The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has been a strong organization that has served as a platform which has launched the careers of so many well-known athletes. But the topic in recent years have came up regarding the payment of athletes for their performance in sports. Should they be paid for their skill or shouldn’t they be paid? It makes sense considering how much money the universities and the NCAA make off these athletes. Others say they are receiving a free education so what’s the use of giving them payment as well. Well, let’s observe both sides of the argument and see the point of view from both perspectives.

On the side of paying athletes, a reason to pay athletes is because the value of a college education versus the what they are making the university does not equate. Meaning, an Ivy League education is of the highest value, and that is only a few million dollars. Not a few million dollars per year, but that is the value over the person’s entire career in life. In addition to that, the university is pulling in major television, internet, and endorsement deals, meanwhile athletes make nothing. The athletes are the ones people are coming to see. So why are the main people who are the reason for this monetary gain not being compensated. Even the coaches are pulling in salaries, some of which making 5, 10, even upwards of $20 million in a year as a coach. With all that has been said, athletes typically spend more time playing their sport than going to class anyways, why not compensate them?

But what about the other side of argument. How come athletes are being paid? For starters, paying students to go to school sets precedent where now they are not attending to receive schooling, but income. They are far less inclined to learn anything if you are already on your day job. In addition, paying to play does not translate into anything in the work environment. The majority of athletes will not be going pro in sports, so what job can they get with college athlete on their resume. But an even bigger issue is the competitive nature of recruiting for sports. Whereas prior to payment, Ivy League schools would now start to get in the business of sports. They have more capital than a lot of other schools, so they would dominate given they have such an access of finances. As well as other public and private institutions with much larger endowments; they would monopolize NCAA sports.

In my opinion, even with the the amount of money coming it still would be a problem to pay. And my argument is not them receiving a free education. Why, because an education is not what gets you employment in society. Think of it as baking a cake, a college degree is just icing. Everything that goes into making that cake is you not your education. My issue would be the players with funding to come into the sports game monopolizing the system. Even with an implementation of a sports cap, you would still have New York Yankee style recruiting, out bidding other schools for athletes. So in the end, paying athletes could actually hurt the NCAA. Not just monopolizing, but sports agents would come into play, endorsement companies that serve a system would now be in athletes interest. And athletics would no longer be team sport, rather a chase for dollars. So as irritating as it may seem, paying collegiate athletes could hurt sports competition rather than help.


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STEPH CURRY WHO! HATER OR HATE: THE DOWNSIDE OF BEING GREAT AT WHAT YOU DO

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“What is it about greatness that people hate so much?”


Recent news of NBA basketball player Stephen Curry’s troubles with other NBA players have surfaced. He is unaware of why so many have such disdain toward him considering he pays homage to the greats. But where does it all really come from. The guys who have these issues with Curry are just as great if not greater, so what is it? There are a few reasons as to why Curry deals with such issues and other men and women like him in society. The reasons are envy, fear, and the other is having to rise to an occasion that someone else has risen to in their personal or professional persona. So what does that really mean?

Well, for starters the envy that is creeping up comes from the idea that some of the guys who don’t care for Curry were top dogs when he came into the league. Now that he is the bigger name, now he is seen as some form of competition of threat. But instead of competing and letting that do the talk, it turns into something much more. The problem with that is that you can become so wrapped up in your disdain for someone else you start to fall off your game. It’s kind of like the issues comedian Kevin Hart have had in recent years. When he came in the comedy world he was little Kev, now he’s above all the guys who were like mentors to him. Some people get comfortable with you in a certain space and can’t see past that. Then you shoot past that point, and all the haters comes into play.

But is it the haters or is it hate. And the hate brings me to my next reason why people have disdain and that is the fear. The fear of you doing something better than them forcing them to step up their game up. Or, some people don’t have the ability, but instead of asking you, they sink deeper. They are in fear that someone will be better than them and don’t want to focus on them. They are so engaged in what you’re doing that they lose out in life. But is that the only reason why so many people have issues with someone who has done nothing to them? Why do people have so many Steph Curry issues with other successful people? It’s also the personal as well as the professional.

Which brings me to my last point, and that is the persona you carry in society. Steph Curry carries himself well in society which also makes people not like him. When you’re a public figure and your public image is so good, not just from some PR stunt, but you’re the real person, you’re hated. They would love nothing more than to see you fail. Why, well because everyone is always expecting you to be this good guy as well. They say things like, “You should be more like this guy.” “This guy would never do anything like what you just did/do.” People don’t want to rise to the occasion of being a certain type of guy, so they show disdain toward the good guy.

See, in the end, people will always have a reason not to like someone they perceive to be in a position of status. And if you’re a good guy, then people really don’t like you. I wrote something similar earlier in past posts where if you’re always good, they can’t connect to you because you don’t have a smudge. It’s the same thing that happened to Tom Brady, Tiger Woods, and many others. People love to see some type of crash so they can say I told you so or this person is just as messed up as myself. You will never be able to understand these people, and most likely you don’t ever want to understand them.


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LAVARTHERHOOD: WHY PEOPLE ARE SO UPSET OVER CONFIDENT PARENTING

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“What’s the big deal?”


The above photograph is of a father who has three sons. One in college who is a rising NBA prospect and two other young sons highly ranked in high school. But them being ranked high is not the topic of discussion. The real discussion is how one should bring up their children in society. Lavar Ball has been in sports news recently because he admitted that he feels his son Lonzo Ball, a standout basketball player at UCLA and prospective NBA draft pick,  is better than current NBA star Stephen Curry. Sports reporters came from every outlet possible stating how much they disagree with his stance. But most of all, they are critical of how he has thrust himself into the spotlight. But the more I hear Lavar speak, the more something interesting comes to mind.

Lavar Ball was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles. For those of you who are unfamiliar with South Central Los Angeles, it has long been a community of gangs, crime, single parent households, and poverty. Coincidentally enough, the time period when Lavar was in high school, is when Crack Cocaine was first introduced to Los Angeles. Plenty of young Black males were getting involved in the drug trade, many Lavar’s age. Yet Lavar focused himself on sports. So much so, it granted him collegiate attention. And with the birth of his sons in his late twenties into his thirties, he began to instill that competitive edge he once had himself in sports. Well, what does any of this have to do with parenting?

Back to the area where Lavar is from in Los Angeles. South Central is a place where having both parents in the household is more of a luxury in life. So seeing a Black male in the lives of his sons given his background you would think it would mean something. Not so, well why? Because me personally, I think it’s great that a father instills the confidence to make them believe they can beat the best of the best. People are angry as if to say. “Who do you think you are, expecting so much from your sons!” But shouldn’t he expect more from them? Isn’t this what we should be doing as parents? I thought parents are supposed to feel their children are the best. Why is having excessive confidence in your child a bad thing?

What is a man like Lavar to do? Say, “Hey, of course he (Stephen Curry) can beat my son.” Or, “Hey I would say my son could play just fine.” You’re supposed to think your son can beat anyone, even the greats. Especially in a country where so few expectations are held for the young Black males. So to see a Black man pushing his sons in the right direction, shouldn’t this be encouraged? But also, weren’t all fathers like this decades ago? Every father pushed their kids, especially their sons. But we have become such a sensitive society, that Lavar is seen as problematic. If this were thirty plus years ago, no one would even care that Lavar had even made the statement.

You see, in the end, fathers are supposed to think the most of their children. You’re supposed to not only think your son can beat Curry, but can catch Kareem Abdul Jabbar as well (who currently holds the NBA record for most points in NBA history). But with confidence and pride comes criticism today. Winning has taken a backseat to losing or being equal in society. Mediocrity has become the new trend in America. Where the men and women in power want you to remain mundane, while they hold the majority of power. Remember Marianne Williamson, “When you let your own light shine, you will unconsciously give others permission to do the same.” “For when you are liberated from your own fears, you will automatically liberate others around you.”