Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Shame of College Sports

The title of this post is the title of the feature article in the new issue of The Atlantic magazine. The subject of college players and the complicity of coach involvement and/or knowledge in areas regarding ill gotten gains as an amateur athlete is a ever recurring theme making front page news. Often times, it seems, traditional sports media outlets that have attempted to shine a light on this issue do so only out of lip service with no real sense to motivate change within the system. That is why the expose featured in The Atlantic struck me because it is really done from a true outsiders perspective with nothing to lose in the way of access, priority coverage, inside scoops, etc. I don't agree with every point the author makes, but I do know that schools make HUGE sums money on the names of student athletes, even when there collegiate careers have long concluded. Is it fair? You decide. Watch the video below, read the article, and then share your thoughts. It certainly is an interesting topic.


Corky said...

The problem is that the NCAA is pulling a double standard on student-athletes, the NCAA and the schools are making money off of the players and then turning around telling the players not to do anything that could be considered a gain for them or they will be punished. If anything needs to change, the NCAA needs to cut their ties with all the sponsors, then they can tell the players not to take any handouts and then on top of that any kid that goes to school on a scholarship should be required to earn a degree.

Personally I think giving these kids scholarships, free room and board, books, tutors, etc. is enough. Yes I understand they play and draw attention to the school but what about the people that go to school to learn? Most students get very little in scholarships, awards or grants, hell I owe $53k in student loans. These kids are handed a free education while the rest of us pay for it the rest of our lives. I am glad I went to an art school that did not have a sports program so I never had to hear any whining from a full ride athlete on how unfair it is that they can’t make $20k on autograph signings.

To be fair all around, the schools should stop trying to make money on their players and instead focus on the true meaning of higher learning by educating students, the student-athlete should be an extra-curricular activity and they should not be given any advantage that is not offered to every student.

I am sure I will be booed for this but hey, it is only my 2-cents.

Anonymous said...

Nah Corky, you're probably right. The whole free ride should be good enough. The double standard just makes me not care. It's disingenuous to say the least, so I can't find it in me to get upset when it comes to the players trying to cash in. The only emotion I feel at all is wanting to slap every dipstick reporter and school/NCAA authority figure that suddenly gets all high & mighty when another player gets busted. It's like, who are you nimrods trying to kid? You're insulting my intelligence and making the kids breaking the rules look sympathetic. Everyone knows college sports are big business, and that it's built on the backs of the student athletes. So come off you're high horse, because y'all are embarrassing yourselves spouting those tired old lines.

Wow, okay then. Err, rant mode off.

Word Verification: knumb

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