We spend a fortune on property taxes for public schools. Taxpayers and parents spend about $25,000 each year for each student is in college. Much of this money pays for expensive football, baseball, and basketball programs and scholarships. Do today’s professional athletes learn anything in high school or college other than to hate America and Republicans? How much is spent on “scholarships” for student athletes who have no interest or use for anything taught in the classroom? How much is spent on professors, dormitories, cafeterias, coaches, trainers, liability insurance, travel, and equipment for student athletes? How much is spent to build, heat, cool, and maintain expensive stadiums and arenas that are used only a few days a year? How much is spent on sports programs for women who never cared about the sport before, will never play again after school, but who only play for the scholarship? How many schools provide these programs only because Title IX requires them to spend as much on women as they spend on men? Why not instead give college students the same gym and physical fitness opportunities they are likely to have when they get out of school? How cheap could college be if we didn’t have these sports programs for men or women?
Team sports once promoted American values. They proved that America rewarded talent, work, training, and achievement. They proved that race, religion, and ethnic background were not barriers to success. They proved that the rules of the game apply equally to everyone. However, if today’s professional athletes no longer see the connection between respecting and following the rules to succeed in sports, and respecting and following the rules to succeed in a free country, who needs them?
These are the personal thoughts of Seth Grossman, and may or may not represent the views of most members of LibertyAndProsperity.org.
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