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Published: Friday, Sept. 6 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

Colleges should be for higher learning not to teach athletic elitism, let the NBA or NFL start their own trade colleges and pay coaches millions. Lets teach healthy physical lifestyles, not rehabilitation from life altering injuries resulting from a need to score. Blown out knees and head trauma aren't badges of honor when the 15 min of fame is over.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

The solution is simple: Take sports out of the schools. If parents want sports for their children, let those parents sponsor a community league. Drive around any school and see how much land is used for outdoor sports. Look at the Gym see how much it cost. Look at the salaries for coaches and facilities. If that money were spent on teaching the basics, maybe our local high school would not have received a "C" grade.

Sports are important, but there is no reason to link sports to schools. Many of us played little league baseball. That was not a school sport. All of my children and grandchildren are on soccer teams. None of them are on a school team.

Almost all of our children excelled in adedemics. Many of our grandchildren excel in acedemics. They didn't excel because of school sports.

Even at the University level, sports are not necessary to further acedemics. Let the pro teams sponsor "minor league" football.

cjb
Bountiful, UT

This article seems to make the assumption that parents don't know how to say no to their children if they can't afford the high fees.

Playing football at school is not an educational activity.If Parents can't afford it they need to tell their kids they can't afford it. A kid can always go to the park and play football with his friends or even with his dad.

Invisible Hand
Provo, UT

If the market and community wants an expensive football program, then let them pay for it, but not out of my tax funds. I don't ask taxpayers to pay for my kid's music lessons, dance class, or fund my expensive hobbies. We shouldn't be required as taxpayers to fund an expensive football program either.

Winglish
Lehi, UT

I think I can count on one finger the number of times I have agreed with Mike Richards. This is the one time. I actually don't mind the thought of using school facilities for sports, just because I think having fields and courts is part of the PE curriculum and we might as well make use of those things. I object to the idea that any public dollars should be spent on an athletic squad that is not a part of the daily school curriculum. Parents should foot the bill for their own kids after school.
I have no objection to the fees. In fact, I think all sports should be made club sports and all costs for those sports should be paid for by the participants and their parents.

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