As big sports fan who lives and dies by his teams and loves a great comeback or hardship triumph, I find it odd when people criticize the sports culture. Yes, the athletes make a lot of money off my admiration as well as my ticket sales and concession purchases. But sports has always provided a necessary diversion to ordinary life.
The inconsistency to me is how sports is criticized by many who champion the reality TV phenomenon. The argument is that athletes will cheat to make the money by taking drugs.....but that was never an issue until the money became so huge that the glory and fame (as well as the wealth) was worth the risk.
And so it has also become with reality TV. The notion that ordinary people can do extraordinary things in the name of entertainment has led to an orchestrated divorce / break-up for the tabloids that will scar 8 children, and a family willing to perpertate a hoax to win over TV executives. It is now all about the money. Nothing real about it.
So give me my sports. No 3 person panel judges to decide if my team deserves to win, no texting in to choose a Super Bowl winner.
Sports is still the real....in reality TV.