• by: Phil Cantor/@osgphil

Please Tell Professional Athletes You Can't All be on Championship Teams


Yeah, sure, I get it. Everyone wants to be a Champion, everyone wants to win and be on the best team.

Sports have been that was for generations and it will never change.

But in this world where Little League kids now get "Participation" trophies, we now have entered an era where the grown ups all want to be on the team winning a Championship.

Which while an understandable sentiment, should not or cannot ever happen.

No matter the sport, no matter the level of competition, one team wins and one team loses. Or more specifically---ONE team wins a championship, all the other teams competing against them don't.

It might come as a surprise but---the rosters on even the best of Championship Sports teams....don't have an unlimited roster size.

Yeah, sure, some sports like the NBA have teams that are loaded (see--Warriors, Golden State) with All-Star caliber players but it also is the most competitively unbalanced league in all of professional sports.

We already know the Warriors...likely will compete for or win the NBA title. No, nobody in the NBAWest is going to beat them. Not the Denver Nuggets, not the James Harden's a.k.a Houston Rockets nor Paul George, Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

All those teams--except Denver have not one, but at least two "Elite" NBA Players. Oh, and does anyone really think Ginnas Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks can beat any of those teams in the NBA Finals??

The issue I'm getting out doesn't really involve any of these teams. It involves the 22-28 New Orleans Pelicans and their star Forward Anthony Davis who is eligible to be a free agent in 2020 or sign a "Supermax" contract with the Pelicans this coming offseason.

The issue comes up as Davis's agent let it be known he won't be signing the "Supermax" contract and in fact wants out of New Orleans.

It's not a coincidence his agent--Rich Paul of Klutch Sports happens to rep Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James. Nor is it a coincidence the Lakers have let it be known they are going to try and pursue a trade for Davis THIS year before the deadline.

The main reason for this declaration: Davis wants to play on a "Winning" team....

Now I could go on forever about the NBA having 3 or 4 teams loaded with "Superstars" and then the rest of the league featuring teams either not sure what to do or tanking with the hope they can rebuild by getting Zion Williamson.

Major League Baseball has become frighteningly similar. The Red Sox, Yankees, Cubs all appear to have seemingly endless budgets and can buy all the big name players. The rest of the league is forced to build with young players who come through the system, aren't eligible to leave until 5-years or so in and when they get to that point leave for the above 4-teams if they are any good.

The NFL is a little behind their brethren, but players are starting to realize they can either sit out (Le'veon Bell) or whine and say bad things about their current team (Antonio Brown) and they'll get a chance to move on.

I don't want to leave out College Football. The move towards the "Transfer Portal" has already lead to kids moving from school to school until they find a situation where they are able to be the "Star" or win immediately.

Of course the loser in all this are the fans. Or more specifically the fans who pay to attend games.

Imagine being a fan of the Cleveland Cavaliers after LeBron abandoned them. The Cavs are 10-41 and likely will not be favored in pretty much any game they play the rest of the season. Or MLB's Baltimore Orioles who have a 0 percent chance of winning the American League East in 2019.

Or better yet, you are an Oakland Raiders fan. Your team finished 4-12 in 2018. They have no stadium secured to play in for 2019. And during 2018 they traded almost all their best players. Oh, and they are moving to Las Vegas in 2020. The chances of the (fill in the blank) Raiders winning the AFC West in 2019?

Minuscule at best.

But if you want to go see these teams be prepared to drop at least $100 if you get cheap seats and no concessions.

And folks, that is my point: You are paying to see a good product, the athletes are trying win. But what good does it do for anyone to have 3 good teams in a 30 team league??? If your team has no chance, why bother?

It's a dilemma quickly creeping up on Professional Sports, with Anthony Davis only being the latest example. I'm really curious to see HOW or IF they want to deal with it....

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