By Alan Marzilli
A few worry that the commercialism surrounding activities is corrupting the youngsters who play them.
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He thinks that universities should be able to take a chance on people whose test scores do not meet the established standards. In his book, Holding Court, Vitale writes that the establishment of minimum high school academic standards “hurts kids rather than helps them. . If a school believes that a kid meets its academic requirements and can handle the course load, the student should be given the opportunity. ” 38 Proposition 48 was not an all-or-nothing standard. Some students had the test scores and grades to qualify and some did not; however, some people fell into a gray area in which their grades and test scores were not good enough to qualify, but the NCAA decided to allow them a second chance.
By contrast, they write: “Sport at schools such as Oxford and Cambridge was (and is today) organized by and for the recreation of the players themselves. . Sport in British schools was not professional entertainment for the masses. ” 28 • Would college sports be as exciting if only the best students could compete, rather than the best athletes? CntrPnt1 32 12/31/03 10:17 AM Page 32 AMATEUR ATHLETICS as they do about sports under the current system. The Ivy League schools in the United States, such as Harvard and Yale, used to be powerhouses in intercollegiate football; however, they have abandoned this reputation in favor of something more closely resembling the sports philosophy of Cambridge and Oxford.
The main counterargument is that revenue from athletic programs is most often used for athletics rather than for the general good of the university, and that frequently athletic programs—and even football and men’s basketball programs— actually lose money. Universities sacrifice academic standards in order to improve their athletic achievement. Although a handful of universities have maintained both high academic standards and athletic success, they are the exception rather than the rule. Many universities, including the Ivy League schools and other top-notch universities, do not participate in Division I-A football or compete regularly for men’s basketball championships.
Amateur Athletics (Point Counterpoint) by Alan Marzilli