Paid to Play?

Recent comments about U.S. participation in the Olympics have set off a hotly contested debate. More specifically, NBA members Dwayne Wade and Ray Allen have condoned the notion that professional basketball players should be paid to participate in the Olympic summer games, a sentiment shared by owner Mark Cuban. Cuban was interviewed about the subject, and in a recent ESPN article, he voiced his displeasure with the NBA players “playing for free for corporate America so the U.S. Olympic Committee can make billions of dollars.” No one ever likes to do anything for free these days, but should players be paid for the Olympics, on top of their already multi-million dollar salaries?

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