The Intelligence Squared U.S. sports debate lineup takes on all things athletic, including hunting, performance enhancing drugs, and bans on collegiate football. The debates challenge conventional wisdom on our favorite pastimes and offer expert analysis on the issues that structure sport in America. Our roster of all-star debaters include Malcolm Gladwell, Jason Whitlock, Buzz Bissinger, Catherine Semcer, Richard Pound, and Wayne Pacelle. Get your head in the game: hear opposing sides sound-off and pick your winning team.

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October 24, 2017
College sports is a big-money business, with football and basketball programs generating millions of dollars in revenue every year. Is it time to rewrite the rules in college sports and allow athletes their fair share of the profits?
In 2014, a permit to hunt a single endangered black rhino was sold for $350,000… as part of a program to support its conservation in Namibia. Counterintuitive? Through funds raised from legal hunting—the purchase of permits in Africa, licenses and taxes here in the U.S.—, hunters contribute significantly to wildlife…
May 08, 2012
Does football’s inherent danger and violence have any place in institutions of higher learning? Or, does it provide young men with educational opportunities they would not otherwise have?

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