Last week in discussion we had a whole discussion about sports. The discussion primarily focused on if it is necessary to level the playing field in different sports to make the competition fair or if everybody should have an equal chance to play at all levels.
My personal feelings on this matter are that it is definitely necessary to level the playing field especially when it comes to sports. A good example of why this should happen comes from an example of my own experience. I played a lot of recreational basketball in high school in league with a lot of my friends. In this league anybody who played high school basketball was not allowed to play and because of this the league was very competitive. However, during the summer I played in a league where everybody was allowed to play, and this league was much less competitive and not really fun for anyone besides the very talented high school basketball players who dominated the league.
Now some would argue that I am just complaining just because these better players worked harder than I did and thus are better players. However, I would say this is not the case in this type of situation. These high school players have been exposed to so much more basketball resources, including mandatory practices, various coaches and all kinds of different facilities. These things which are not available to an everyday recreational basketball player.
My main point here basically is that the main element of determining fairness in sports is availability to certain resources. It is not surprising that certain colleges are good at everything consistently ever year, this is due primarily to the fact that some schools have more money and thus more resources than other schools.
I think to highlight my point i should give an example of a league in which i think is fair. I believe the NFL and NBA to be fair leagues because due to the salary cap each team has the same amount to spend on their resources, in this their case players. The competition in these league doesn’t come down to resources but hard work and good strategy. Where as, in baseball where there is no salary cap certain teams with a lot of money can buy all the best players and win in this fashion.