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We also learned after what’s been deemed “the biggest payday in sports,” MannyPacquiao is being sued for failing to disclose a shoulder injury. Pacquiao lost his boxing match to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a unanimous decision and has since had shoulder surgery. Mayweather has already agreed to a possible rematch which no matter how Pacquiao’s lawsuits end up would make both men a lot more money.
“The goal of the entertainment enterprises is to make as much money as possible,” said Mosher. It’s that simple. While it may be hard for parents to explain to their kids how big time athletes break the rules, it’s also been going on since the beginning of professional sports.
“All teams, all players at the professional level are trying to game the system,” said Mosher. “The Patriots probably stepped over that incredibly fuzzy line that’s a mile wide.”
In the end, Mosher said, it’s really “much ado about nothing This is just a bunch of boys being boys doing things boys do.” He said linemen put Vaseline on their jerseys, and receivers put sticky stuff on their gloves. Everyone at the professional level pushes the rules.
Mosher explained there are real ethical issues that should be considered and that really matter. The NFL’s concussion scandal has a serious impact on players. And,
he points out, hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars are used to build professional sports stadiums around the country including in embattled Baltimore.
“Imagine if the $750 million used to help build the Ravens and Orioles stadiums were used to rebuild Baltimore’s cities,” said Mosher. Now, that’s a real debate about ethics he said is worth having.
For now, Mosher said the audience is so fragmented, watching specific channels for specific sports, it’s hard to get their attention without pushing boundaries.
“We’re in the age of spectacle. As long as the spectacle draws the audience, ethics takes a back seat,” concluded Mosher.
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