Dealing with the Entitled Athlete

Posted on January 31, 2012. Filed under: Baseball, Basketball, Football, NCAA Sports | Tags: , , , , , , , |

There is no occupation I know of where the employer runs the business and he or she owes an explanation to the employee as to why decisions are made. In Sports, athletes feel a sense of entitlement. Why?

Nearly 83% of Americans surveyed strongly or somewhat agreed that America’s youth feel more entitled compared to 10 years ago, according to a national survey conducted by the Sacred Heart University Polling Institute. The poll focused on perceptions of America’s youth and explored areas including career choices, decisions about things such as going to college, and which political party to join.

Perceptions about issues such as steroid testing for student athletes, banning soda in public schools, support for more religious courses in public schools and for allowing public school students to reference God in their coursework were also addressed by the poll.

When Tiger Woods address the nation of his off-the-course extra-marital stuff saying “I convinced myself that normal rules didn’t apply. I never thought about who I was hurting. Instead, I thought only about myself. This was an uniquely revealing moment.

As a word and a notion, “entitlement” has been on the lips of those involved in sports and those who watch sports for decades. For many, it is the very symbol of what is wrong with the culture of sports in American society.


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