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When the olympics went PRO, my national pride got kicked in the "nads".
I would rather see my country (USA) do poorly in this event using amateurs then watching the rich jocks play and still get their butts kicked.
Doesn't really matter since I quite watching when the games went PRO.
For those who disagree with pro American atheletes in the Olympics, think about who should be there. If we are suppose to send only our best athletes, then that's the cream of the crop. Although they are paid highly outside of the Olympics, not all on the list are. Most other sports remain amateur because it's required to compete, but there are no professional leagues for these events anyway, Ie. Track and Field, gymnastics and swimming.
They get paid what they do because you can't do what they can. If everybody could do what they can then they would make minimum wage.
Pattydog when peple are willing to pay top dollar to watch female athletes then female athletes will earn the same as the men in that sport. When was the last time you saw a WNBA game with a packed house? In Minnesota last year the Minesota Lynx won the WNBA title and maybe 100 people showed up to their parade. In other words nobody cared. That is why female athletes earn less. It has nothing to do with equality. It has everything to do with market value
To skinnybob: Watch NBA and for the most part you see dunk, dunk, dunk. You are a male chavinist pig. Why Title 9 - it was enacted to try to get equality for women in the field of sports as well as off the field. So you don't like the women's game, so what? Because you are an expert when it comes to sports. A number of males have stated that women's basletball is a pure form of basketball. In fact, the most recent one was a former male player who coaches both boys and girls and what does he say: he uses the WNBA game tapes to teach all the moves of the game from defense to offense whereas the NBA only teaches one thing - drive to the basket.This was on an Olympic broadcast. Who holds the most games won - Pat Summitt of the TN Lady Vols - more than John Wooden.
I never said I didn't like the men's game, but you had to go on a tirade about the women's game. Why? Only one reason - for some reason you are threatened by women. Stop and think why women are not paid as high as men - because men like you have been in charge. Why don't the women's games sell out - mainly for two reasons - they are still building because of the late start and because men, especially you, will not admit to liking the game or attending games because someone will think you are a sissy. You either had a mom who was the boss or you married a women who wouldn't or won't put up with your tantrums. So unless you have something to share that makes any sense, please do not go on these boards. For your info, I was just stating that it was unfair that women are not paid the same as men. We do at least half the work - more than that in the home, so why not pay us for it. Good night.
I disagree as USSR started the entire thing with paid professionals. We had to respond or die!!! We are now # 1 and will stay that way!!
The whole basketball team needs to stay home and the best of the college athlets should be there representing OUR COUNTRY!!!!! as for Korby Bryant? Poor example for OUR country to send . He needs to work on himself as a man who respects women ,not in London being all HIgh and Mighty, give me a brake !
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