Billy Joe On Why Guaranteed Money Games Need To Be Stopped
On Tuesday September 26, 2017 HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, aired a special called “Guaranteed Games” focusing on the dangers of football and especially those effects it has on football players who participate in games against teams ranked significantly higher than them in different divisions and or conferences, that they’re guaranteed to lose in order to receive enormous payouts. The special features interviews from former HBCU Football Coach Billy Joe and Devon Gales, a former receiver for Southern University, who is a victim of one of these “guaranteed games” Here’s a preview of the special that aired :
As legendary HBCU coach, Billy Joel stated most of the “bloodshed” in these games are HBCU blood, and that should be warning enough against the danger of these games and set off a light bulb in the mind of these coaches when agreeing to play in these games. Unfortunately, as he highlighted in the trailer money makes people do crazy things, in this case put people’s lives in danger. Some could argue that this is the risk you take by playing football in general which is naturally a dangerous sport, but some probably see this as a deeper rooted issue and wonder why it has to come to jeopardizing and life-threatening stakes like this to earn a profit for athletic programs.
No matter what stance you take, I think it is definitely a debate that’s worth tuning into and researching, but in the meantime you can catch Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel on HBO on Tuesday nights at 10 pm.
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