Excellence in Sports
In discussion today we discussed the topic of excellence, mainly in regard to sports. We talked about how it seems people do sports for a variety of different reason, but ultimately they do them to achieve excellence. Furthermore, we are entertained by these sports because of the excellence portrayed by the athletes playing them. However, the question that was eventually asked was, if we are entertained by excellence, and that is what we want to be achieved through sports, than why do we have different leagues in certain sports (amateur, etc.)? Why not just have one giant league in every sport if excellence is what we want to be achieved?
My answer for this is because the leagues that we have were meant for breeding excellence. These leagues have become man’s way of disciplining athletes into becoming excellent for generations now and evermore. The other thing that leagues possess is somewhat of the “anticaste” principle. All people are supposed to have the same rights to abilities at birth, and should not be viewed as incapable for whatever personal reason they may have. Technically, everyone has the right, and is given the respect to try out for a league if they so choose.
Although one could argue that having one giant league would do the same, the answer to this is that it would ruin the quality of excellence that is possessed by the current professional sport leagues that we have. If just mediocre players were playing in the MLB, I am sure that less people would be entertained by this tainted excellence. Thus, having more than just one league also weeds out those not quite capable of excellence that sport. In doing so, those individuals were proven to not be excellent. This meaning that they were given the choice to attempt excellence and they were given the respect that allowed them to do this. By them proving to themselves and everyone else that they were not capable, it eliminates the moral factor in having leagues for excellence.