The Washington Post
Sports for all
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