Busi­ness ethics take over sport

The Saturday Paper - - Letters & Editorial -

Thank you, Mar­tin McKenzie-Murray, for your pierc­ingly in­sight­ful “Caught and bold”, Novem­ber

3–9. I hap­pened to see that damn­ing press con­fer­ence at which David Peever’s so­lu­tion to The Mean­ing of

Life and all chal­lenges therein ap­peared to be that we sim­ply “move on”. This is the ex­pres­sion used by so many bankers, politi­cians and cor­po­rate types who as­sume im­punity from any and all fi­as­cos oc­cur­ring on their watch. Blame and sanc­tion is, of course, for un­der­lings. I might just as well have been watch­ing an ex­tract from se­nate es­ti­mates, or the bank­ing royal com­mis­sion, such was the fa­mil­iar jar­gon. Moun­tains of brain-chok­ing words say­ing noth­ing of rel­e­vance, and an un­der­cur­rent of “I have far more im­por­tant things to be do­ing than speak­ing to you lot”. Pro­fes­sional sports­men (as yet not the women ) earn eye-wa­ter­ing amounts of money, but now ap­pear to have to sac­ri­fice in­tegrity and in­di­vid­u­al­ity as the price for do­ing so – ex­actly as is the case with politi­cians, to our na­tion’s enor­mous cost. It might be said that so much has been lost in sport since peo­ple could sit on “the hill” and en­joy the Aus­tralia ver­sus West Indies matches, be­fore sport be­came over­whelm­ingly a busi­ness en­ter­prise ( but with em­bar­rass­ingly lit­tle “trickle-down” ben­e­fits for young lo­cal play­ers).

– Eliz­a­beth Chan­dler, Napoleon Reef, NSW

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