HARRY C. ALFORD

HARRY C. ALFORD

Professional sports around the world can be proud of the social improvement that has evolved. Soccer in Europe has advanced immensely. A few years ago I was in a waiting room at a French government office. One of the French employees was watching a professional soccer game and he blurted out in English “That’s all you see playing these games — Africans!” I responded with a smile, “Get ready that is how American basketball started.” He nodded with a smile of surrender. Sports, big time money sports, is a meritocracy. Owners have the final say on who will play, coach or be traded. The games are about who gets the most money. The winners are the ones with the greatest Television Value, ticket sales and marketing schemes. Professional sports generate trillions of dollars around the world. It also creates god-like heroes with unlimited influence that can last through generations.

This is a capitalistic society and that is why racism has been withering away. Two of the greatest football coaching legends, Paul “Bear” Bryant and John McKay together developed a scheme to make Black football stars play at their famous schools. Coach Bryant could not recruit Blacks for fear of being fired and black balled forever. John McKay was frustrated because he could not play quality teams in the southern schools because the fans would not allow it. Coach Bryant rightfully feared that southern schools like his Alabama would soon be losing after season Bowl Championships because he had no Blacks on his teams like the giant programs of Ohio State, University of Southern California and UCLA, etc.

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