of "sport" rewards over and above that of winning the game?
Of course if you are a "professional" player of any sport and you are involved full time in that you need money to support yourself. I also recognise that, to play sport, you need to be at the peak of your physical fitness. It takes enormous physical and psychological effort to reach the top - even with the help of illegal substances in too many cases. You work hard.
So, you get paid to do it. The problem is that some people get paid what seem to me to be obscene amounts. On top of that they get paid for "sponsoring" (advertising) brands, kicking a winning goal, hitting the winning home-run etc. We all know how it works.
But it seems that is not enough. It seems that these monetary riches are not enough. Even the roar of their fans and the adulation of the crowds in a "ticker-tape" parade through the city is not enough. They need more. We, it seems, feel the need to give them still more - or to give some of them more.
There is talk of giving Andy Murray a knighthood - for his ability to hit a ball over a net. Yes, he won Wimbledon. He did his job. He got paid to do it. So, why the need to fete him, to give him something extra?
Are we really being fair? It puts further pressure on him to perform and go on performing.
And why should Andy Murray get a knighthood when Virginia Wade was given an OBE - and her achievement is now being virtually ignored? Is that fair? Doesn't that also put more pressure on Andy Murray?
If, as often happens, someone like Andy Murray needs surgery to go on performing at this level does anyone think the surgeon - and his team - deserve medals? Do they get sponsorship and the offers of a knighthood? No, of course not.
I acknowledge that what was once called "sport" has really turned into a multi-billion dollar business but the business model bothers me.