Should college football be banned illegal?
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As for format, I will first offer my own points before responding to the pro's, the debate seems to be in the context of which side minimizes harm so my arguments will be within that context.
Contention 1) College football scholarships send people to college
According to Bleacherreport.com (a reliable source considering the context of this debate), the "Total for an average year at a Division IA school to $41,686." This means a D1 scholarship is worth about $160k to the student. This incentives students to go to college when they otherwise may not (you indicated education as desirable in your first post). This means these students, due to obtaining a college degree, are more likely to experience economic success in the future.
Contention 2) Amateur football discourages harmful drug use and gang violence
A) Drug use
Stanford.edu's Brian Allen writes, "With the increase of gang violence and the connections between gangs and drugs, the SANE program has implemented a new subject in their program. The Curriculum Integrated Drug Abuse Prevention ...teaches students the effects of drugs ... and different ways to defer from drugs such as doing other activities (Pop Warner Football, Basketball, Track and Field), school work, or talking with parents."
Football is one of the other activities listed, not to mention both school work and talking with parents are required to get a football scholarship.
B) Gang violence
Alexandriava.gov writes (brackets are my own):
Some reasons why young people join gangs include:
They want to feel powerful [football accomplishes this via defeating opponents]
They want to have status [football accomplishes this via the popularity that can result]
They are looking for protection, security or safety [football players on the same team back each other up]
They are looking for friendship or their friends are in a gang [teams are friends]
They feel peer pressure to join [the addition of football players to their friend circle reduces the ratio of gang members to football players (you can't feasibly do both)]
They want attention and to be accepted [obviously done via football]
They want money or other material items [college education]
They want to feel like they are part of a family [team element]
The media makes it seem attractive to be in a gang and the youth think it's cool [as is the image of being a jock]
They do not have a mentor to help guide and support them [coaches fulfill this role]
Now, on to rebuttals.
1st claim: "kids are dieing'
Response 1: 12 teens die in high school football per year (no college stats because it's so rare), meanwhile nationalgangcenter.gov reports that 15,500 gang related homicides occur each year. See C2B
Response 2: There is an obesity epidemic in the United States. Football requires exercise, exercise diminishes obesity.
2nd claim: "kids are getting scholarships for it. they should improve their grades not playing."
Response 1: Kids need good grades to get scholarships in the first place
Response 2 (high school): High school athletes must maintain a fair GPA in order to play. This incentives students who would otherwise have terrible grades to try harder in order to receive the reward for football.
Response 3: Scholarships send more people to school
Response 4: College football provides funding for colleges, this means they can better educate their students
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