Listened with interest to this podcast. Very interesting points made, but I wondered if the focus was appropriate. The role of NCAA/Professional sports has its place for elite athletes. However, sport/exercise has a role quite a bit larger for society. In general, the health benefits of recreational sports have a massive impact on happiness/stress relief. Also, in these days of increased virtualization, local recreational sports often form the basis of strong social interactions and community building.

Also, I am not sure the qualities of "grit" mentioned in the context of sports really translate into other realms of society. I know plenty of engineers who are extremely "gritty" in their profession, but do not display these qualities in physical activity.

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