Washington Post columnist Sally Jenkins wrote a provocative column on Wednesday challenging both sides of the argument that collegiate athletes should or should not be paid to play.
Why not let kids major in sports to allow athletes to pursue their athletic interests as a foundation for a future career off the field or court?
Here’s a passage from the piece:
“With a fundamental shift in the way we think about college sports, by designating them intellectually worthwhile exercises instead of mere obsessions, we might gain some clarity. For one thing, the worth of an athletic scholarship would suddenly be clearer. We could stop worrying about “exploiting” athletes and whether to pay them.”
Understandably, the column has inspired a number of insightful comments — some that see the prospect of a “sports major” as another free pass for (student) athletes to avoid practical learning by all means possible and many others who see this as a way for athletes to explore an ever-growing field with legitimate career opportunities.
• Join Sally Jenkins for a live chat on ‘Sports’ as a college major on Friday at 11 a.m.
Here are just of few of the many varied takes from our readers...