Professional sports…

Professional sports Dr. Michael J. O’Connell, New Hampshire recently noted how interesting it is that professional sports has come under very sudden intense scrutiny this past six months first with the exposure of white NBA owners making derogatory remarks about their own black players, and then the brewing scandal over NFL/NBA/collegiate black players beating their wives and kids and then all lying about it.  Now it appears the Commissioner of the NFL is wilting under growing pressure to resign over the chaos.

What outside observers are hoping is that these bad actions are not representative of the vast majority of those who participate in “big showtime” sports.  But why would anyone, except those with a personal financial interest in success of the “big showtime” games, believe or want to believe this to be true?  What evidence would suggest that most owners, commissioners, and players behave well, in public and private?  I would opine there is precious little.

Let’s face it, the glory bestowed those participants and owners who are successful in the game, should be reserved for gallant heroic soldiers on the battlefield in defense of our nation and its values. Instead of talking heads on TV and radio, “big showtime” marketers, and much of the gullible audience, willingly bow to the superstars as though this “game” were something more than that.  It’s not of course.  It is simply a “game.”  The homage paid in the form of TV viewing, gate receipts and purchase of memorabilia creates a playing field full of narcissists – self adoring, arrogant and totally out of touch with the audience that has eagerly created them.  Is it realistic to think that such narcissists behave well in their personal lives?  With no sense of the welfare of others, with grotesquely magnified self-importance and wildly inflated notions of power…is it any wonder that these individuals behave badly?Professional sports 8

My prediction is that there will be more deactivated players, more ousted owners and very possibly the downfall of a Commissioner or two as this story unfolds.  As Fran Tarkington recently pointed out, football (and a host of other sports) has not only succeeded in birthing a mega business, but also succeeded in a massive cover up.  From steroids and other performance enhancing drugs to concussions and traumatic brain injuries to shortened life spans to racist and violent behavior…big showtime sports has protected itself with a heretofore impenetrable shield and the resilience of an old Timex watch.  Eventually this shield will be broken, it’s only a matter of when.  But Tarkington’s call for a boycott of the games until its act is cleaned up, is a non starter.  Fan’s trip over themselves to ignore the fracas and just enjoy the games.  Shortsightedness certainly abounds.

About Dr. Michael J. O'Connell, New Hampshire
Dr. Michael J. O'Connell of Barrington, New Hampshire, has forged a distinguished career spanning over three decades, as entrepreneur, physician, businessman, philanthropist and healthcare consultant. As former owner, administrator and CEO of a 225+ employee multi-specialty medical practice, Dr. O'Connell has dedicated his entire professional life to helping patients with family medicine and especially those experiencing chronic pain and all aspects of addiction. Since selling his family of healthcare businesses, he has never once contemplated retirement despite his rich and fulfilling journey, but instead has turned his focus to consulting in an industry starved for courage and creativity. Having weathered many political, technological and legal challenges, there is hardly a storm he has not confronted, a tempest he has not quelled, an urgent need he has not met. While the talking heads and self-proclaimed experts in the field have assumed the conventions and standards of the times, Dr. O'Connell does not believe in merely reflecting the herd mentality, but rather in leading the charge. Eschewing political correctness, Dr. O'Connell says and does what needs saying and doing, and not what the mindless masses expect. In addition to the continual education afforded by his variegated life experiences, Dr O'Connell earned his BS in Biochemistry at the University of NH in 1975, his Medical Degree from Dartmouth College in 1981, interned at Walter Reed Medical Center in 1982, Residency/Fellowship at UCSF in1986, and finished his Masters in Healthcare Administration at UNH in 1995. Dr. O’Connell enjoys many outdoor activities, including rock climbing, snowboarding, hiking, and golf. Through the decades Dr. O'Connell has supported many non-profit charities to include the St. Charles Home in Rochester NH, the Tri City VNA and Hospice, Hyder House, and Cocheco Valley Humane Society. To the latter organization alone Dr. O'Connell has donated over $180,000 and pledged another $250,000 in the “Bring-Us-Home” campaign for a new building. His “Matching Donations Christmas drive” has generated over $175,000 in charitable giving from the community. In addition Dr. O'Connell has participated in many dozens of other volunteer and donation efforts locally as well as in Africa and the Dominican Republic. For a listing of how I gave back to the community during my career and continue to do see:

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