Should professional athletes be allowed to compete in the Olympic Games?

  • It would make it more interesting

    The skill of the players mater and if we have people that are not as skilled it just will be less and less interesting to have athletes that are just crappy. So that's why I think that we should keep professional athletes in the Olympics. Thanks hope you change your mind.

  • Yes they should

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  • They are the best

    The Olympics are an international sports competition that are supposed to be at the height of their ability and their prowess in the world. Professional athletes are the best so, therefore, they belong at the games, and the games would be far less interesting or broadly respected without them there.

  • Competition requires freedom to compete

    While there may have always been some ulterior motives of a political nature behind the Olympic Games, the main draw of them is athletic competition. In the spirit of competition, it seems ridiculous to bar anyone from competing on the grounds of their profession. I see no reason why professional athletes should not be allowed to compete in the Olympics.

  • Professional athletes should be permitted to compete in Olympic games.

    Yes, professional athletes should also have the opportunity to compete in the Olympic games. These are people who have dedicated their life and career to their athletic skill and ability. Professional athletes are masters of their sport. It only seems right that they would be able to have the opportunity to compete on the world stage as well.

  • No, the Olympics were never about "star power"

    I have no interest in the Olympics since they ruined the dreams of amateurs ... Especially where professionals are dominant such as NBA, and MLB (when baseball was included). The pros already have their own stage --- why dash the lone idea intended for non-pros? I am already fed up with NFL, NBA, with their "build me a new stadium or I'll move the team to ______" for something that may not even return 10% of the taxpayers' investing. The anti Robin Hood.

  • NO no no

    Over-paid greedy bastards! Complete bullshit.
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  • Professional athelets should NOT be allowed to compete in the olympics.

    Over the years the Olympics have become synonymous with amateur competition. It's a place for athletes that participate in sports that usually aren't commercially viable to complete with others from around the world. Allowing professional athletes to compete in these events unfairly leverages the event in favor of the professionals and that, in my opinion, is contrary to the spirit of the games.

  • No, the Olympic Games are intended to be for amateurs only.

    The Olympic Games were originally intended to be a competition where well trained amateur athletes could come together and be judged on their performance. A professional athlete has received payment for his or her performance. This puts the professional athlete in an entirely different arena than the amateur. The amateur comes into the games with innocence and pride. A paid professional is not on the same emotional level as the amateur.

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