When I was younger, I used to watch every basketball and football game that came on TV. I only discovered tennis after the NBA Finals in the 80s; let’s just say after a Laker’s victory, because I was suffering from sports withdrawal. This was before cable and ESPN, so it is not as if I saw every game. Back then, it was mostly on weekends and then those were based on your region of residence. However, the older I get and the more games I am able to watch, I just think there are just too many games played for most professional sports. Moreover, this is not just because I am getting older and do not have much time because of responsibilities. I think about the toll this has on the player’s body.
Richard Sherman, in an article for the Player’s Tribune talked about the process of getting ready to play on Sundays in the NFL and how Thursday night games interrupts that process. Remember when the NFL was just on Sundays and Mondays. Yeah, the good old days. Then there was talk of extending the season going from 16 to 18 games. With CTE (Chronic traumatic encephalopathy), concussions, and the dismal quality of life for retired football players, you would think that oh maybe fewer games could extend the quality of life for players. I’m no doctor, but that seems like a reasonable idea that may work. The same goes for the NBA with 82 games and an everlasting playoff series. Why can’t they just play one game per round in the playoffs? Greed of course.
I was reading this article about how the workplace is killing us. Just as the professional seasons should be shorter, so should our workweek. For the last ten years, I have been saying that the full time workweek should be 30 hours. Forty hours a week may have worked during the industrial revolution when people lived near family and worked close to home. However, in today’s world, working 40 hours a week is for the birds. I cannot remember a month when I have worked 40 hours a week for each week in a month. Even if you do not take a day off, there is always one day when there is a doctor’s appointment, an errand that has to be run during the day or something else where you have to take 2-3 hours off. In my case, 2-3 hours is usually used to take a nap after my daughter gets on the bus for school. Most of us are exhausted.
Professor Nuria Chinchilla [of IESE Business School] describes the damage happening at work as “social pollution.”
The work hours that companies are demanding of their employees are causing
the breakup of marriages, burdens on raising children, and general disruption to
family life. And the family unit is an important source of social support.
Whereas professional athletes suffer from arthritis, memory loss, back pain, the workforce suffers from “diabetes, cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome…overeating, underexercising, substance abuse,” Burnout is also a real issue. Remember when commentators and tennis legends like Chris Evert and John McEnroe kept stating that Serena and Venus Williams should play a fuller tennis schedule. Well, it is probably good that they did not because playing selectively has extended their careers to an age when most retire. Working a full-time schedule of 10am to 4pm Monday through Friday would do wonders to enhance the quality of life for so many of us. Let’s make this happen ASAP!!