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A PROPOSAL in re OLYMPICS: HAVE A PROFESSIONAL and AMATEUR DIVISION for sports such as BASKETBALL!

I am still concerned about the Olympic Games.  I have not backed off a bit:  It’s still sports imperialism to have pro athletes at the Games because not every nation can field a professional team or train pro athletes in sports like tennis.  But I realize that the IOC, the USOC and the moneyed interests will not easily budge.  So, let’s try this:

Have in basketball and other sports where pros play in the Olympics, two divisions:  An amateur and a pro division.  Both would have three medals each but the pro division in basketball would have 10-12 teams much as the basketball is played today.  The amateur division would be much like the NCAA tournament – say the top 32 or 64 teams from around the world.  They would be selected based on regional and world amateur competitions and there would be a set number for each area of the world with at large teams, too!  Bubble watch for the nations of the world!  I think the amateur competition would be exciting and the potential for a surprise.  Cinderella teams in the Olympics!  (Of course the home team gets an automatic bid!)

Any comments?

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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  1. […] I respectfully disagree.  I think pro athletes in the Olympics in sports imperialism.  Ask yourself this question:  Has there been any new national teams that have arisen in ice hockey since the pros came in?  No.  I didn’t think so.  Time to free the Games from the dominance of the major powers.  Open it up.  No NHL players.  Or have a two-tier competition – pro and amateur divisions. […]


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