The System of College Sports

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Growing up in America sport is a vital part of everyday life. From childhood to adulthood some aspect of sport pertains to virtually everyone. As a child one is looking to find a hobby so they play sports. As a parent fathers look forward to coaching their child’s little league team. And as tens and young adults sports are an opportunity to become a “somebody” and do something amazing. The general perception in high school and college is that athletes have it all. If you’re good at sports then you don’t have to worry about schoolwork or popularity and essentially you have but not a care in the world; you are invincible. Although it is great to see some succeed and become professional athletes many others do not have the same fate. The fate of these athletes, which happens to be the majority, is what drives my opinion on college sport. If I had the opportunity to create a new college sport system, it would not look anything like the current system American colleges use today. My system would rid of college athletics and create a separation between athletics and higher education. According to the Pew Research Center 47% of Americans believe the purpose of college is to teach work related skills while 39% feel that it is to help students grow personally and intellectually (PewResearchCenter, 2011). Personally I feel that the point of college is higher education, meaning that the skills and knowledge learned in college are meant to create a valuable and productive member in society. The education from college should be specific to what a person plans to do with the rest of their life. Of all of the sports played professionally around the world, many athletes’ careers are short lived. The average career of an athlete in each of the fo... ... middle of paper ... ... room for adults to be playing a child’s game instead of going to school. If athletes want to play that bad because they feel that they are good enough then they have to make sacrifices. I am not against talented individuals playing professional sports but I am against those who do not obtain a degree and actually get something out of college before doing so. Written in an article published by USA Today “in 2009 that 78 percent of NFL players are bankrupt or facing serious financial stress within two years of ending their playing careers and that 60percent of NBA players are broke within five years of retiring from the game” (Wiles, 2012). Professional athletics is not all about fame and being filthy rich and this is something that young college students don’t understand. It is essential to better yourself and obtain a degree, there is more to life than just sports.

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