Sports and controversy are no strangers: it’s like two uncles who don’t get along, but will still be at every gathering to stir up the pot. There a ton of issues we see across different sports today, such as gender inequality, corrupt management, hazing, and 100 other things. What I’m going to hone in on isn’t something that probably isn’t on the forefront of everyone’s mind. The jump from amateur level sports to professional is drastic depending on the league-in fact I’d say it’s drastic regardless. But athletes today are making that jump seem like the next year of grade school. Guys like Bryce Harper and Tracy McGrady, or and Ken Griffey Jr, had opportunities to skip the middle man that is college altogether. Blame it on the hungry scouts or the ambitious player, but there isn’t enough regulation in order.
Right now it’s up to the players to decide their fate, and with all the corrupt bargaining that major division coaches have been pinned for recently, that’s not a great thing for these kids. Professional sports is a fragile thing, one injury could end their “working” life forever. However, a lot say that if athletes wait around four years in college that injury risk only increases. But rookie contracts are minimized if they come out of college early or skip it altogether; the team acknowledging the untested players risk. College can double the amount of time spent between high school and a lucrative second contract, because if a player has made it that far he’s much more battle tested and stronger after the fact. Coming out of high school, most athletes neither possess the physicality or the mental maturity to succeed at the professional level—yet it can be done.