The Washington Post

Sports for all

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Having recently returned from a weeklong, 80-team, out-of-state youth baseball tournament, I read The Post’s July 30 front-page article, “In youth sports, business gets bigger” with interest. By design, this industry doesn’t serve kids. It plunders parental fantasies about our children as future profession­al athletes. For everything wrong with this business, it’s fun to watch our kids play sports and play well, and there’s clearly a lot of money lurking in that.

Privatizin­g amateur athletics is wrong — and not only because of the astonishin­g expenses for its customers. In tournament play, profit and victory are core values. Instead of sprawling venues, we should invest in a sports culture where everyone can play.

Josh Rovner, Silver Spring

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