Why I Stopped Watching College and Professional Sports

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I Wasted Lots of Time Watching People Play

I was investing too much time and energy into watching people play games, grown people playing. I know the world is going to hell in a hand basket and everybody is looking for an escape, but guess what? There is no escape. When the games are over, real life slaps me in the face. I could use my free time better doing things like reading, writing on Medium, finding a new place to visit locally, or doing something outdoors. Spending all day Saturday tailgating and all-day Sunday on the sofa, at friend’s homes, or at sports bars is a lot of time away from my own home where I could be doing something more constructive.

The NFL Protests

The NFL really opened my eyes and showed me the capitalism in professional sports. I stopped caring about professional football. I don’t want to patronize a business in any way that doesn’t take the concerns of my sons, my nephews, their friends, my male cousins, and my friends seriously. The NFL owners exhibited a form of power that had been out of eye shot. Black folks thought they had arrived by getting their kids out of the hood and onto the football field. If businesses don’t see the connection between the people who play in their leagues and the communities from whence they came, then they don’t deserve my patronage. People think it’s cool to sit and watch people play all sorts of games today, even professional sports video games.

It’s Just Not That Serious

I’m worried about 45 and what my status in this society will be if he gets his way to allow supremacist to reign supreme. They are ready to take up arms and defend their segregationist, fascist stances at a moment’s notice. They have infiltrated all our institutions. I don’t know who I am encountering on any given day. Suddenly, football isn’t important. I need to be focused, and I can’t do so if I am worried about who was traded, what plays were made on Sundays, Monday nights, and Thursday nights. I need to be getting my shit together. Nothing those players do on the field will impact my life in when things get real.

We’re Entertained Too Much

We all are too intoxicated on entertainment. If it’s not professional or college sports, it’s reality television, movies, video games, social media, or games on our devices. We are constantly distracted with superficial things that don’t really matter. I’m trying to reduce the amount of entertainment I access in my life. I’m enjoying the outdoors before I die, accessing the library more, and doing business stuff. The amount of time I committed to being entertained without realizing it is ridiculous. I drastically reduced my time on social media to zero, and I cut out football all day on Sunday. I fish instead. The clarity I gain is astounding.

I Watched Partly Out of Necessity- Life Changes

My sons played sports. They were year-round athletes. Not having any daughters meant I had to learn boy and men stuff. I spent a lot of time with a lot of sports junkies, so it was really like learning a new language. It was fun and necessary for a season in my life. My kids are gone now, they live out of state, so there is no fun watching football, playing fantasy sports, etc. Not only that, professional sports were one of the few things my ex and I did together besides fishing. I decided to let go of the old and embrace the new. The first year I stopped I really had to find things to do with my time. I had a huge void in my life. But as time went on, the withdrawal symptoms decreased, and I found other things to do with my time like sit at the beach and drink Red Stripes, listening to Caribbean music, people watching, and talking to strangers. Life is better.

Sports Are Tied to False Promises of Economic Development

Many states have had to find ways to supplement local and state economies over the decades. Entertainment has become the go-to, with the legalization of marijuana following close behind possibly overtaking that throne sports has held for decades. State and local public tax dollars have been removed from economies and reallocated as “subsidies” to college and professional sports teams in fancy vehicles we now call Public/Private Ventures (PPVs). These investments into professional sports were supposed to bring increases to per capita incomes, decrease individual tax liabilities of locals, increase individual per capita personal growth, and make the state/region better in general. Wait a minute, not so fast.

It’s Time to Wake Up

It’s time to wake up people. We have been lied to and fleeced for so long. A love-affair with entertainment has led this country astray. I’d even dare say America’s love affair with fake reality television gave us the most lying-ass, jelly back, throwing ya under the buses, thieving and most felonious President this nation has ever had…Donald Trump, from the Apprentice television show. A snake oil salesman. C’mon people.

I write intelligent, unvarnished thoughts on anti-Blackness, racism, politics, Black people, and White Supremacy. White Fragility🚫| www.ko-fi.com/marleyk

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