Mike Rice’s dismissal after the release of a video did little to quiet critics, who called for the jobs of university officials and asked why Mr. Rice was not fired sooner.
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This article reveals the abuse that the coach of mens basketball at Rutgers University put its players through and also the lack of discipline he recieved when the Athletic Director found out. This relates to class because this issue goes against a psychological contract that the coach should have with the Athletic Director and also goes against various internal social responsibilities. This is exactly what you shouldn't do as a coach and is completely unethical because the coach was calling his players homophobic slurs, chucking basketballs, and even hitting his players. The Athletic Director had a procedural justice to follow by firing the coach and he failed to do so.
This article talks about how money, power, and greed has changed how athletes act and perform on and off the field. This article ties into class discussions we have had of ethical issues and also external social problems such as economic, technological, wages, labor unions, and stability of a sporting organization. The relationship this article has with ethics is how money hungry a lot of athletes are and how the media boosts their value and so their performance and attitude are affected in comparison to those athletes of the past.
Does it pay to be unethical? The case of performance enhancing drugs in MLB
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The article explains the impacts that steroids and PED's has had on MLB and the economic woes, specific instances where a player has done steroids and how it has effected them and MLB. This has to deal with class because the MLB finally took a stance and started to enforce drug testing, by doing this they were over-coming barriers, creating and developing a new culture that has taken place and the different components of the culture. This was ethically sustainable to do by the MLB because it prevents a lot of people from cheating and keeps their fans satisfied by seeing all natural athletes.
This article and video talk about the discrimination of the proffesional football team Washington Redskins portray and even though the team has been around for decades the name still offends people especially that of Native American descent, also speaks of ways to resolve the conflict. This relates to class because it is an example of Social Responsibility and conflict management (by collaborating or negotiating the issue). Ethically this issue should have been resolved years ago but since there is a upbringing of the issue and a major stand being taken place the Washington football team should change the name of their team because it is offensive and racial.
This video displays the percentage of profits the NFL is making on what is supposed to be a charitable cause, the NFL is making a little more than 51 percent and not donating nearly as much as they're profiting. This relates to ethics because the NFL is raising money for breast cancer awareness and partners with the association but they aren't giving as much back as they should. In class we had discussed how sports organizations do charitable events and give to the community.
The history of “wink wink” injuries suffered by defensive players when no-huddle offenses are streaming down the field is a long one in the NFL, but it is usually accompanied by the kinds of denials we heard from former Giants safety Deon Grant in...
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Brian Urlacher, former Bears linebacker came out and admitted that the Bears coaching staff had designed a signal to "fake" and injury, Bears are not the only team that does this. This relates to class because these are coaches (managers) who make their players perform social obstruction and also are going against organizational justice in the NFL. These faked injuries are unethical because the opposing team is at a disadvantage from losing momentum when they could have potentially won a game, "fake" injuries are a way of cheating.
The $765 million settlement between the NFL and players who sued the league ended up in court-ordered mediation only after the judge told players attorneys that the bulk of their case was in real danger of being dismissed.
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NFL and players settle on close to one billion dollars because of the NFL not releasing information that they held of former players that had concussions dealing with trauma issues and even suicide. The relation with this subject and class is the fact that management from the NFL is in charge of ethical standards and they didn't apply this because of their lack of social responsibility and also their social obstruction.
This article speaks of the multi-billion dollar industry of college athletics paying its players and the consequences that would come along with paying the athletes. The article relates to class because of the issues of bargaining and complicated situations such as amount of money, agents, sources of income, growth, and various clauses. This is an ethical issue that is a hot topic with the NCAA because of the billions of dollars that go into the organization from ticket sales, concessions, apparel, and many other sources of revenue that the players don't see a dime of besides getting their tuition paid for.
The four players implicated in the Saints bounty scandal are in a kind of limbo, as their suspension appeals make their way through through federal court, as well as the league's CBA-mandated appeals process. The latest movement comes in a Louisiana District Court, where yesterday the NFLPA filed papers suggesting that the NFL not only knew about previous cash-for-hits programs, but publicly said they were A-OK. The only difference between then and now? The league wasn't in the middle of the PR nightmare of concussions and head trauma.
In January of 1996, ESPN aired a segment on a Packers bounty program administered by Reggie White. "Smash-for-Cash" paid out $500 for big hits, and was originally funded by the entire team, but had paid out so much by the playoffs that White and DE Sean Jones contributed to keep it going.
The ESPN report also cited similar programs around the league, including one in Philadelphia that Troy Vincent was more than happy to discuss on camera. The most damning thing in the segment was the response, from an unnamed NFL spokesman:
"The 'Smash-for-Cash' program is within the rules as long as players use their own monies, the amounts are not exorbitant, and the payments are not for illegal hits."
There's more. The NFLPA's court filing also cites a 1996 AP article that fleshes out some of the details of White's program...
16 years ago the NFL allowed players to pay other players for hard hitting and even injuring the opponent, now it is a violation of conduct and subject to huge penalties such as hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines and also suspensions to the coaches and players that the New Orleans Saints served. The upper management knowing what was going on allowed it to keep occuring, I believe management wanted to give players motivation. This deals with class becasue it has to do with social responsibility and Social Obstruction, which requests for unethical practices.
Jim Irsay, owner of the Indianapolis Colts goes on a twitter rant after their win against Denver Broncos and their former quarterback Peyton Manning, offending media, Peyton Manning, and the Broncos organization. The in class support for this article would be the type of management and communication the owner of the Colts is wanting to portrait by Organizational Culture also their values and norms. Ethically is it okay for the owner of organization to go on tirades over social media and offend people with aggressiveness and disrespect?
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