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The Importance of Athlete’s Investing in their Body.

More and more in recent years, it has become a very popular and common thing for professional athletes to spend hundreds of thousands to even millions of dollars on taking care of their body. From personal trainers, to chefs, to developing their entirely own method, the athletes who have invested in their health have seemed to be more successful in their sport and play for a longer time.

One of the most popular athletes of all time is NFL quarterback Tom Brady, who plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He is currently 44 years old and has been in the NFL for 22 years. An NFL player playing even into their 40’s is a rare thing. However, despite his age, he is still breaking records every week and each new season as he’s becoming the oldest player to produce high-quality numbers. Brady owes a lot of this success to his own “TB12 method”. Which is his own way of life including diet, workouts, recovery, and everything he does to stay healthy and play football at an MVP level, as he is doing again this season. When looking at Brady’s social media, he mentions his TB12 program very often and does not shy away from some self-promotion.

Apart from Brady plugging his TB12 regimen on his own Twitter page, he also has a Twitter account (@TB12sports) where much more specific information is posted on a regular basis.

Another athlete who has owed a lot of success to his investment in his health is Lebron James. It’s estimated that Lebron spends upwards of $1.5 million a year on chefs, trainers, masseuses, and high-tech recovery equipment such as his own hyperbaric chamber at home. Lebron James is often compared to a guy like Tom Brady because of the argument that they are the best at their respective sport despite being “old” for these leagues. Lebron is 36 years old and is in his 19th NBA season. Lebron doesn’t really discuss his regimen, but everyone around him does including his agent Maverick Carter and past and present teammates. This tweet from Alex Kennedy, chief content officer at BasketballNews.com, talks about what his agent Carter and two former teammates had to say about Lebron’s commitment to his body.

This video by Nonstop Sports’ YouTube channel also goes into great detail on how a multi-million dollar athlete like Lebron James is able to distribute $1.5 million on just his body:

With the success of athletes like Tom Brady and Lebron James, this should be a message to young pro athletes or aspiring ones of how important it is to take care of yourself. For most athletes, they have a very small window in which they are in their “prime” or are even in the league at all, and so being smart with your money and investing it into very valuable things like your health should be extremely important for these athletes.

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The Modern NBA: The New 90’s?

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This past offseason after many complaints from players and fans, plus a worldwide look at new officiating through the 2021 Olympics, the NBA has finally changed some troublesome rules.

Players have been accused of “foul baiting” for the past couple of seasons and the NBA has finally decided to make a change in the way the game is officiated. After seeing some of the NBA’s top talent struggle in Tokyo with the “FIBA” style of rules, many fans pressured the NBA to follow suit to make the NBA more competitive. This new style of officiating is now rewarding good defense and not letting the offensive players get away with an unfair style of play. This would include offensive players throwing themselves at defenders and pretending to take a shot in order to get free throws and points in a way that was very unrewarding and not entertaining to watch.

Many of the NBA’s top stars have struggled to start this season off such as James Harden of the Brooklyn Nets, and Damian Lillard of the Portland Trailblazers. For example, James Harden is an NBA player who once averaged over 10 free throws a game but was the main player known for foul baiting. This season he is not getting nearly as many foul calls and he is letting it be known he feels targeted. This article by Sports Illustrated is just one example of Harden speaking about the officials. Damian Lillard is another NBA All-Star who’s stats have seen a substantial dip in production this season and he recently spoke out about the officiating calling it “unacceptable”, according to NBC.

However, despite lower production from a few of the NBA’s All-Stars, ratings have never been better for the league. Fans and players alike feel like it is a more fair, skill based game, and for some it is even reminiscent of the physical play of the 1990’s. Not to mention, not everyone has seen a dip in their stats. Stars such as Devin Booker and Stephen Curry have been playing up to their usual standard and seem to be adjusting to the new style just fine. Only time will tell whether or not these players will adjust and return to their All-NBA form, or if they’ve become too used to a forgotten style of play.

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The Legalization of Sports Gambling: Positive or Negative?

As of April 15, 2021, sports betting is now legal in the state of Arizona. This was an ongoing topic in Arizona and after four years, House Bill 2772 was signed. While this is a bit of a controversial topic because of the potential for addictive and harmful habits, the gambling will provide millions of dollars in revenue for Arizona. However, in addition to passing this bill, this article by gaming.az.gov explains how there will be assistance and a hotline number for those who may develop bad habits or avoid physical and financial harm.

There are among fourteen sportsbook options to choose from for those who wish to participate. Each of them provide their own offer to first time users, even as much as up to $1,000 on a risk-free bet to reel in future customers. For most people this seems like it could be something fun and exciting to do in addition to watching their favorite teams play. This is of course what it is intended to be, more of a hobby and way to make a couple of extra dollars here and there. However, many do not agree with the legalization of this as there is always a possibility that people get too caught up in hitting on a big bet which could lead to huge financial losses. As stated by modernman.com, there are many reasons why it’s a risky game to play with. Whether it be by lack of guidance, control, or just too much confidence, it can be easy to get carried away in the hypotheticals of how much money you can win. Sports betting is not an easy thing to do, most of the bets are unlikely to happen and that’s how you win big. One has to bet big money on something that is extremely unlikely to happen.

Overall, sports gambling has about as many pros as it does cons and I really feel like it comes down to self control and knowing your own limits. You should have some knowledge on what you’re putting your money into, how much you can afford to lose if it does not work out. I personally am not opposed to this law as it can be a great opportunity for anyone on any given day, but as most things in life do, there has to be limits.