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Cough, basketball, figure skating, gymnastics cough

The whole point of adding sports to the Olympics is to bring in new viewers. More people are going to watch to see if Tiger Woods can get a gold medal than they will if Joe Podunk from Bumfunk, Egypt will struggle for his bronze and be on a Weedies box with Michael Phelps.

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It would get no where the same following if they had the amateurs. Plus the whole idea of amateurs only playing in the Olympics went out a long time of go. I want to see the best of the best compete.

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I agree 100% with the above posts. They said it pretty well.

The amateur idea went out the door long ago. The olympics are now about seeing the best of the best compete.

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I'm pretty sure that amatuers will have a chance to qualify for the olympics. I'm with everyone else though I want to watch the best the world has to offer.

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I made the same comment on the "Olympic" thread.

I hate the fact that professionals compete in the Olympics in any number of sports. If I want to watch Tiger play golf, I'll tune in on Sunday. If I want to watch Lebron play hoops, I'll catch the game Tuesday night.

The Olympics should be more about the purity of sport. I want to see that kid who decides to delay turning pro so that he can represent his country in the Olympic Games in the sport that he loves.

But that's just me.......

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The olympics are now about seeing the best of the best compete.

You can see that just about every week of the year these days......

I think it's sad to see the Olympics reduced to just another professional athletic competition. But then, I'm old enough to remember it differently too.....

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I made the same comment on the "Olympic" thread.

Who in there right mind would delay turning pro to represent our country? I'm a patriot to the fullest but no one is holding off making a lot of money for the olympics. Plus look at the flip side of it the best pros never had a chance to say if they would wait to represent our country so I'm not sure its fair to make that statement.

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I'm all for it. In fact, I believe Olympic athletes should be paid to play in the events and win prize money. the IOC makes billions of dollars by having free labor. Now, a lot of this money needs to go into building the new facilities and such so maybe paying these guys is a bit our of the question. But I hate to see people work for nothing while generating billions for someone else. This is why I refuse to watch NCAA sports, since that is an exploitative slave ship to the highest degree.

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I'm all for it. In fact, I believe Olympic athletes should be paid to play in the events and win prize money. the IOC makes billions of dollars by having free labor. Now, a lot of this money needs to go into building the new facilities and such so maybe paying these guys is a bit our of the question. But I hate to see people work for nothing while generating billions for someone else. This is why I refuse to watch NCAA sports, since that is an exploitative slave ship to the highest degree.

Except for the fact that all the major televised colleges are giving the student athletes a free education. Some colleges are paying out well over 100grand per athlete.

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The Olympics to me are about representing your country. And I want the best at that point in time competing for the gold. Whether that be Tiger, Phil, or an amatuer player. Whoever the best is.

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It should be the top Amateurs from around the world competing.

If amateurs are the ones competing, then why would anyone watch it/follow it? Fans from every country want to see the best in the world, not the almost-best in the world. More fans = more coverage = better for Olympics. Easy decision.

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Except for the fact that all the major televised colleges are giving the student athletes a free education. Some colleges are paying out well over 100grand per athlete.

That is so insanely laughable. The "student athlete" is a thing of the past. A relic in collegiate sports.

Yeah, it makes sense for someone on the rowing team. Free education, etc. But someone on the football or basketball team, generating billions for these schools...they get nothing. They would probably rather take the money they deserve and pay for college out of pocket. Or even if the school won't pay for them, why not let them work outside of it? Why can't they sign for money, do advertising and other promotions, etc? Why aren't they allowed to market themselves and provide for themselves and their family in a country where a man has a right to make a better life for himself?

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That is so insanely laughable. The "student athlete" is a thing of the past. A relic in collegiate sports.

that money does go back into the schools. The NCAA is a not for profit. While I am sure that some people in the NCAA make very lucrative salaries, the NCAA as an organization does not make any money. The money is supposed to go back to the schools, and into the athletics department, the education, etc.

I don't want the NCAA athlete to be allowed to earn anything because that would mean that they would choose the schools that have the best TV coverage and you wouldn't have any parity amoungst the sports. Back in the day, Notre dame had an exclusive TV contract and that is why every football player wanted to play for them. Its not a perfect system, but they are doing the best they can.

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