Professional sports played on Christmas Day victimizes children of athletes

Professional sports are being played and broadcasted on ABC and ESPN on Christmas Day. This Christmas, there are many games being played, five NBA games and two NFL games. The basketball games feature a few of the NBA’s premiere teams such as the Cavaliers, Warriors and the Clippers.

Many NBA players that are playing on Christmas have children and should be able to celebrate and enjoy their children’s childhood on Christmas morning. Athletes such as Carmelo Anthony, Dwayne Wade, Stephen Curry and LeBron James all play Christmas day and have children that should have their father witness the smile on their faces when they receive their gifts the holiday.

“I won’t be with my family on Christmas, unfortunately, they’re not even here right now,” said LeBron James last year about playing Christmas games away from home, “They’re in L.A. right now, actually. So, we have no traditions. If I can get a home game on Christmas, then we’ll have a tradition.”

Even though the children of these athletes have every toy and game they can imagine, the only thing that truly matters to children is their early life experiences with their parents. Down the road, they may not value Christmas as much as a child who was able to enjoy the holiday with their parents.

NBA players already have to play an 82-game season, and, if their team is good, they will be in the playoffs from the middle of April to middle of June. Then they pick up again around late July or early August and start to prep for the season. They are on almost a year-round grind, and should be able to spend Christmas with their children.