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Sport and Money Everywhere you look you see sport intertwined into everyday life be it on the television in your back yard in schools universities or in social networks Nobody can escape the influence of sport either as a spectator or a participant its everywhere But who is to blame for this new era in sports Is it the sponsors who are pouring millions of dollars into the sports industry that are changing the attitudes of athletes For professional sports players it is no longer about the love of the game or staying loyal to your team or fans It is all a question of money or more to the point Show me the money The bottom line being if the managers cant offer enough zeros on the end of a paycheck they can wave goodbye to their top athletes Controversy has erupted across the globe as to whether athletes are worthy of their million dollar contracts The bottom line is athletes deserve all the money they earn because big corporations are willing to pay High expectations are placed on athletes personally and professionally and they have to subject themselves to risk on the playing field as well as personal sacrificeAn athlete being sponsored to play professional sports was once unheard of How times have changed Nowadays wherever you see a top class athlete you will see a corporate name splashed on them somewhere The 90s saw a dramatic change in the amount of money an athlete could make from contracts and sponsorship deals But what exactly is sports sponsorship The Howell Report CCPR 1983 defined sports sponsorship as the support of a sports event sports organization or competition by an outside body or person for the mutual benefit of both parties Gratton and Taylor p164 Basically the sponsors will give the designated sport team or player financial assistance in return for publicity that does not reflect adversely on them It is amazing to
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