College Sports Vs. Modern Day Sports

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On game night, college stadiums and gymnasiums fill with fans. Fans wait outside for hours or travel hundreds of miles to cheer their team to victory. Many fans even host house parties and invite their friends to eat snacks and watch the big game together. Sports are a way to bring people together and share a bond over a passion or love for a team; sports give people a hobby they can take pride in. College sports have been around for nearly 200 years and they have only grown increasingly popular. Yale University formed the first ever boating club in 1843. Shorty after, Harvard created a boat club as well and the two schools held the first intercollegiate sporting event in the U.S in 1852 (Rowing at Penn np). Universities originally started collegiate sports to provide students with a “physical release” (Rowing at Penn np). Modern day sports are more focused around publicity and being the best regardless of what it takes; it seems there are more negative aspects of college athletics than positive anymore. Universities should jettison athletic programs. On the contrary, football alone averaged 46,000 fans in attendance per collegiate game in 2015. (National Football Foundation np). In comparison, it would be similar to the whole city of Ankeny attending a football game (Population of US cities np). Iowa State, for example, with general admissions tickets averaging for $150 per ticket, makes approximately $6,900,000 each game on ticket sales alone. That provides Iowa State

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