In the time you spend watching sports, you get to thinking about many different things. This is all the same for me, especially during halftimes and downtimes in the game. During the NBA Finals I got to thinking, if I was a professional athlete and had the choice of playing for any city I wanted, which would I choose? Then I thought about different cities and the pros and cons of each one, in which I was able to narrow it down to my top 3.
My first choice was New York, naturally. In my opinion, New York is the pinnacle of the sports world (along with Los Angeles). The media capital of the world. If you’re a superstar in New York, you’re a superstar everywhere else. The fans will love you and the entire city will love you. Plus, you’ll get the most attention nationally because New York teams are generally talked about the most. Although, the media publicity of New York is a reason why it might be bad. If you do something wrong, it is immediately shared, and people WILL know about it. If you mess up on the field/court, people WILL boo, and you will hear it from the fans. To me, New York is for those with a steel heart. If you can put up with the constant media attention, the fans who cant turn on you in an instant, and the bright city lights, then I say go for it.
My second choice was Philadelphia. Now, some people HATE Philly because of their fans, but I find it invigorating. As an athlete, it must be nice knowing that you will be playing in front of fans who will be attentive and loud the entire game. Philly fans are some of the most passionate fans out there, and as an athlete that should want you to be good to them. Philly is also a media capital, although not as big as New York. You play well in Philly, people will know about it, and the fans there will stick behind you during ANY time, because they are that passionate. Passionate fans is an athletes paradise, knowing he or she will be playing for fans who bleed their teams colors.
My last choice is an interesting one, but I chose Cleveland. The whole Lebron fiasco made me fall in LOVE with Cleveland. These fans are true to their city, and rightfully so being their teams havent won anything in past 800 years. But, how cool would it be to go in and win that championship for the city. You’d be loved, a god amongst men in the eyes of those people. Lebron was on God status when in Cleveland, and he was the biggest thing in that city. Going into a city that will love you that much is something that may be hard to pass up, even if you wont win anything in your career. The only problem with Cleveland, DON’T BETRAY THEM! These fans can change too, just look at the man in South Beach’s situation.
Now, this may be up for debate, and I understand that. But, if I were to put these choices in order it would probably go New York, Cleveland, then Philly. I’m a hometown kind of man. You could play for countless of fans who will love you dearly, but nothing compares to playing in front of your family. So, you tell me, if you were a professional athlete with the choice to play ANYWHERE you wanted, where would it be and why?