Modern science has brought along many wondrous advancements that help us along, but those advancements have also smuggled in with it some serious ethical conundrums. One of those problems is chemical enhancements. It is one thing if they are used to advance and prolong health, it is a totally different matter if they are used to boost strength, speed, and overall performance to give one a physical advantage in competitive sports. Society doesn’t care if a police officer, fireman, or Joe Carpenter uses physical enhancements. It might even be encouraged as there may be arguments in its favor. The difference in sports lies in the fact that there is open competition in these endeavors.
There’s a rot that exists inside the culture of hockey that is a top-down type of disease. This malady can be easily understood as the Thug Mentality. It starts with the likes of Don Cherry, currently a prominent NHL analyst and commentator and former head coach of the Boston Bruins. Eventually it trickles down into the leagues of the little ones because the veins of the hockey culture are clogged with this viscous disease.
Lately, the buzzword has been equality. The debate has ramifications well beyond just sports. For example, equal pay for women to that of what men make. In sports, it’s about equality of transgendered and biological people, and just equality with biological females competing with biological males, as well as equal pay. So, the question of the day is: Is equality in sports even possible?
Paying college athletes will have a seismic impact and leave behind many aftershocks to reverberate throughout the whole of college academic life. No longer will academics be the focus of college sporting life. Getting paid will become the primary focus. It will open up a colossal can of worms that will echo well beyond the playing field.