Greed takes fun out of games

While watching the Pirate game on Tuesday night, I immediately thought of my parents when I saw and heard them say that Game 2 against the Cardinals would only be on the MLB network.

My parents spend virtually every evening watching the Pirates when they are on. They don’t get out much anymore due to age and health issues. I had just mentioned this very thing to them when I was last home a month ago.

You just knew that sooner or later this was going to happen with the MLB network as well as the NFL network. Once again greed takes over the sport.

Fortunately, I have both networks, and if I want to see a game they are televising I can, but as is the case there in Altoona with Atlantic Broadband you don’t have that choice.

I’m sure my parents aren’t the only long-suffering Pirate fans, and it’s just a darn shame that they weren’t be able to watch that game.

Perhaps unlike others they really have no other option given their health related issues and can’t just jump in the car and head to someone else’s home to watch the game.

You can be sure that this is just the beginning of these type of issues. It’s sad but it is also true.

Will Walk

Spring, Texas

PIAA shows it’s out of touch

This is response to Ron Bischof’s letter concerning multicolored uniforms.

This is just another example of the PIAA not understanding the situation and instead of compromising and using common sense, they just make everyone follow their orders.

I would like to see the data behind Bischof’s assertion that only 10 percent of the proceeds from a charity game go to that charity.

From my experience with these games, most of the time the kids buy their own shirts and socks or get them donated. Even national charities spend money on things like T-shirts. Also these events are supposed to be positive and uplifting and let the kids have some fun.

Remember these students are 15 to 18 years old. Also, I don’t think it makes sense to discourage kids from helping other people, and that is exactly what this rule does.

Most of the PIAA uniform rules don’t even make sense. Just go to a track meet to see the rules that have no basis other than “we told you to, that’s why.”

If the NCAA, an organization that has more unnecessary rules and regulations than the PIAA, lets its student athletes wear colored jerseys for charity events, then the PIAA should too.

Chris Carrier

Roaring Spring

College athletes get paid enough

Please add my name to the list of those in favor of separately compensating college athletes who are given full scholarships.

Over the last couple of years, I have heard many stories of kids who, because of strict NCAA restrictions, have no spending money.

These kids are unable to take their girlfriends out for a cheeseburger. They don’t have enough money to fill their gas tanks or afford a night out with friends.

Truly, it pulls at my heart strings.

So as a father of one, soon to be two college-bound kids, who has spent the better part of the last year trying to find the best way to afford tuition at one of Pennsylvania’s fine state schools, put me down as in favor of getting some extra spending money for today’s full scholarship athletes.

All I would ask in return is if they could please take down my address and forward me the $180,000 they are not interested in for the free education, room and board that the vast majority of the rest of us and our kids will have to shoulder for the next 20 years.

Jeff Bartlett