Pro Sports Discussion Question
1. Provide an explanation of the conveyer belt phenomenon as illustrated through the Holstein et al (2016) chapters. Include in your explanation what you have learned about • the power imbalances between athletes and decision-makers at the youth, college, and pro levels that shape the pipeline of experiences of pro athletes (i.e., explain infantilization)
• how those power imbalances culminate in the issues around athletes’ transition out of the sport (i.e., explain anomie and other transition/retirement issues)
2. Explain the finance structures in professional sport and enrichment through franchise ownership. In other words, explain how owners build and sustain their wealth around a pro franchise.
• Include in your explanation the tax and structural benefits (i.e., monopolistic, monopsonistic, and cartel-like set up of U.S. pro sports leagues) from which owners profit.
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