With the unfortunate incident that has occurred in Haiti, many athletes have stepped up and have considered it their responsibility to contribute to the relief, by donating funds and time to the nation in distraught.
Miguel Tejada has said that he’s planning on going to Haiti to help, Samuel Dalembert a Haiti native has planned to travel to the country as well, and has donated $100 000 to the effort. Georges Laraque has posted a request on his website for fans and readers to pledge any money they have to the relief. Alonzo Mourning and Dwayne Wade have raised over $800 000. Lebron, Durant and Paul also contributed to this amount. Andre Berto has dropped out of his WBC title defense against Shane Mosley this Saturday, due to the fact that he’s been focusing on his family and friends in Haiti. Mentally the champ says he’s unfocussed currently, and he as well plans on starting some sort of relief for the country.
The leagues however are a different story.
Yes, the MLB, NBA and NFL have donated $1 million, and the NHL has donated $100 000 and call me negative, but don’t you think the four major leagues could afford to donate more to the efforts?
The MLB earns billions each year, and they pretty much donated roughly $30 000 from each team. Again, perhaps I’m not seeing the “thought that counts” view, but that’s simply not enough, especially because that amount is given as a signing bonus to various players in the league for a year. The same goes for the NBA and NFL. The problem is that one league set the bar quite low and the others followed, thinking it would be fair if they matched the mediocre amount.
As far as the NHL goes, $100 000? Really? That’s approximately $3000 per team, which is about eight front row leaf tickets. I’m sure the NHL can give up more then that.
Perhaps I expect too much from sports. Sports has always shown the characteristics of determination, work ethic, perseverance and team-work. However there has always been the issue of role-models for others. The athletes are stepping up and being role models, hopefully the leagues will one day do the same.