Money is one significant motive, but it is not the only one. Sporting events are not just about money.
– promote goodwill between participating clubs or countries
– promote noble values like sportsmanship, teamwork, resilience
– promote high standards in sports – talent grooming
– cause for national pride and personal glory
Despite these noble aims, the prospect of making money stands out as a prominent aim of sports today.
– chance to earn a living, break out of poverty, get super-rich
– sports-related industries grow – money pumped into training, equipment, expertise, infrastructure + money made from ticket sales & viewership + trading players
– non-sports industries grow – tourism, food & beverage, hotels, paraphernalia production and sales, advertising, sponsorship – rotate host cities, so a different city gets to experience this sort of growth
– cheating cases – shows that sportsmen obsess over money & fame
– selectivity of sports – commercial purpose