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Keep Amateur Sports

Editor, News-Register:

Amateur sports!

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting fed up with some of the ridiculous off- the-wall proposals that are not only being openly discussed, but in some cases being enacted into law. Take for example the recent legislation passed in California, permitting athletes to get paid to play amateur sports such as football, basketball, etc.

The legislation, as I understand, it permits them to endorse products, and I suppose negotiate terms for playing for a particular university or college.

Maybe I’m just getting too old, but whatever happened to participating in a sport because you enjoyed the activity, especially at the college level? Is the next step to include high school? Will they have agents representing them? I thought that a college education was the primary reason why young people went to college, and playing sports was a secondary reason.

Now we have a House of Delegates member from Ohio County who has sponsored a piece of legislation similar to the one that was passed in the liberal state of California. Are you kidding me? Isn’t it enough, and hasn’t it worked out well, for a student athlete to get full or partial scholarships? Is there no end to this madness? You want to ruin college sports?

Oh, well, maybe this ties in with the recent passage of sports betting in our great state — that’s what we need, build our state and municipal budgets around gambling proceeds. Wait until the Downs closes in Wheeling and that money dries up for the city. How do you fill that hole, unless it’s by increasing the tax burden on those who still reside here? Call, write, and email your local state representatives and tell them to reject this ridiculous attempt to destroy college athletics.

P. Jacobs

Wheeling

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