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Will LeBron James, Dwayne Wade And Chris Bosh Change Sports Forever?

Posted by: Dr. Granat on July 14, 2010

Three basketball superstars will now be playing together for the Miami Heat.

The LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade deal has received an enormous amount of media attention. I don’t think there has ever been so much  hype and press coverage about the signing of an athlete or group of ahletes.
The fans in Florida are ecstatic. And it is likely that the management of The
Miami Heat will add a few more players to support this triad and create a team that can win multiple championships. 
 Fans in Cleveland, New York, New Jersey and Chicago are quite disappointed since they were hoping to land LeBron James. The owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers has released a very angry statement about LeBron James.

This three athlete deal may impact the sports industry and it may change the way teams are constructed in the future. Basketball players and athletes from other sports may begin to form alliances with friends and fellow players who they want to play with in the future. These player alliances could revolutionize the way players are signed by teams in every major sport.

Megastars may begin to determine which players are signed by owners, coaches and managers. Athletes as opposed to scouts may determine the makeup of teams in the future. The draft process could be impacted if these alliances become more common. These could be very significant shifts.

So, the Wade, James and Bosh deal could turn out to be a deal that will impact every major sport. As some of the power shifts from owners to the players, we may see these kinds of deals at the professional level and the collegiate level.  Some owners, athletic directors, agents managers and coaches won’t like the loss of power which they may experience with this change in signing landscape.

Other players alliances are apt to surface in other sports in the near future, in my view.  Since I counsel many athletes who compete at the professional level and the collegiate level, it will be interesting to see how these groups influence the construction of professional and collegiate team sports.

Jay P. Granat, Ph.D. is a Psychotherapist in River Edge, NJ and the Founder of He can be reached at or at 888 580-ZONE.

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