05-01-2012, 09:40 PM
If we look at sports from a cost perspective (which I am totally against), it is pretty simple. A good football program will make some money, while boys' basketball must have a very good year to break even. Pretty much everything else is a money loser. Having said that, so is everything else at a school. The science, English, math ot history class has tremendous costs (teacher's salary, books, computer, electricity, etc.) and produce no income. However since lifelong skills are being taught - these classes are worth every penny. The same holds true with sports.
I hate the fact that we are even having this discussion. As a student, I had no idea what "pay to play" was. Times were tough 30 years ago, but the community valued the school and the kids. Today, we have allowed people on the extreme to rule the conversation. Many of these people participated in sports when they were students. These sports were paid for by the community, but now as adults, they want to deny these same opportunities to today's students. John Wooden once said, "Happiness begins when selfishness ends". It is too bad that some adults don't take his advice.