By Daniela Paredez. sport. At Wednesday, December 18th 2019, 08:00:03 AM.
Fans today think that the problem of players getting into trouble is a modern issue and that players of the past were more gentlemanly. Most players of yesteryear and today are actually pretty nice guys, even the ones who get into trouble. Very few players have been truly terrible human beings, they just end up with problems and are unable to cope with them in a socially acceptable way so they end up acting out, or they get addicted to drugs.
The 1980s saw the league and the game of basketball grow termendously and a lot of that had to do with the rivalry of Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. The two have become the defination of what a rivalry is supposed to be and their teams would dominate the decade. Because of this rivalry a lot of interest grew in the America about the NBA and the first major TV deals started to be signed as well as another wave of expansion.
When boxing reached the Pay Per View era, the biggest pay per view draw in the history of the sport was American – Floyd Mayweather Jr. Mayweather broke one pay per view record after another. He made boxing more than a sport by adding entertainment value to it. Americans bought Mayweather. Just look at the PPV records.