A Very American Coup By Michael – Louis Ingram, Editor-in-Chief...
BASN Classic Blackbox: College Athletics Out of Control
Originally Published:October 22, 2007 COLLEGE ATHLETICS OUT OF CONTROL MORE THAN EVER THE REAL PROBLEM IS HERE “OUR” (SIC) SUPREME COURT
It certainly is not a new situation
hardly to say the least but it has
reached another “plateau”
The absurdity of $$$$$ in College Sports and the ABUSE of players that are inherent to this Con Game. In this case the “plateau” are two virtually simultaneous articles in major publications BRAGGING out loud how much like successful BUSINESSES major college sports programs are.
Let’s be specific FOOTBALL and BASKETBALL are the Money Makers virtually no other college sports.
And what Sports fans most characterizes
Big Time College Football & Basketball
it is one of the few places in America
where African Americans are
The two recent articles in Question are Saturday’s Wall Street Journal with its banner title dominating its Weekend Journal. The article about Ohio State’s “record breaking” $109 MILLION athletic budget this year ALL from football and basketball REVENUES is titled …..
very very appropriately “MONEY MACHINE”
Possibly even more audacious is the article in the current issue of FortuneMagazine titled “The Biggest Gators In The Swamp” and even better sub-title “HERE’S HOW THE FLORIDA PROGRAM BECAME THIS INDUSTRY’S MOST ADMIRED CORPORATION.”
That’s right Fortune doesn’t even pretend
college sports are about academics
building young minds and bodies it’s
an INDUSTRY and UFlorida it’s
most admired CORPORATION
Yes you already know the answer
we’ll ask The Question anyway
What separates this INDUSTRY
from ALL others ??????
That’s right the WORKERS don’t get PAID anything for their labor. They get some “benefits” in return for making their CORPORATIONS rich beyond imagination.
Of course the MANAGERS and there are all sorts of “managers” in each college athletic department they ALL get paid very well indeed.
And believe it or not
The REAL problem are not these NCAA colleges who can be expected to get away with anything they can. Our institutions of HIGHER learning are often a shallow facade for institutions that attract the “worst and the greediest.” Whatever good colleges do there is NO doubting at the highest end the name colleges are really elaborate training grounds for the children of what we don’t call here in America the Ruling Elite. Rather the Best & the Brightest and o yes the Richest by the way.. Where the Elite Kids get their tickets punched and establish the “relationships” that keep giving and giving for a life time.
Which brings us to another
pathetic institution as
it operates if not
The United States Supreme Court
Which in a “normal” society should have ruled long ago that preventing student athletes from being paid for their VALUABLE labor amounts to “indentured servitude” also known as SLAVERY which was supposedly outlawed by the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
Yes it’s also worth repeating endlessly
OUR U.S. Constitution needed to
be AMENDED to outlaw
Back to the Supreme Court. These 9 DISTINGUISHED mostly men and an occasional woman ALL the products of the BEST colleges have repeatedly refused in all kinds of ways to acknowledge that college sports are BUSINESS and that student athletes have ANY rights let alone the right to get PAID for doing their job of playing Sports specifically Football & Basketball.
We were going to quote extensively
from both these articles and give you
the eye popping revenue figures
at college after college and how
they throw it around for
corporate jets and the
like and HUGE
salaries for EVERYONE
except the PLAYERS
why even bother
it’s a waste of time like
complaining that the U.S. Iraq
Invasion and Occupation
is NOT a war by any
( it’s Colonialism )
SHOULD BE REQUIRED READING AT ALL COLLEGES