For The Love Of Money (Conclusion)

By Gary Norris Gray, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: June 20, 2010

“Got to have it, I really need it How many things have I heard you say” — The O’Jays, “For the Love of Money” 1973, Philadelphia International Records.

CALIFORNIA (BASN) — As we come to the end of this series, these are some of the solutions to the current problems in college sports. — If a coach, A.D., or president violates any NCAA regulations they should be suspended for a year. Then that said coach, A.D., or president would have to re-apply to to the NCAA’s excutive board. — If a school violates NCAA rules and regulations three times within a 25-year period, the school shall receive the death penalty. — Sports agents may not contact any student athlete without the permission of the school, coaches, and parents. If they do this, they will be suspended for a year. — Boosters and alumni shall have no contact with student-athletes during the season. — Universities and colleges shall pay student athletes a stipend for the complete four years of enrolment. Students must comply with passing grades all four years to receive stipends. — End the 19-year-old age limit and one year mandatory college enrollment program designed by the NBA and the NCAA before entering a professional career. — Allow student-athletes to transfer when a coach leaves or is fired from a four-year program. The student-athlete should not be penalized by sitting out one year of eligibility after transferring. — Parents of athletes, children under the age of 16, the disabled, senior citizens, and fellow college students should pay $10 or under for tickets to any university sporting event. One last issue on this massive problem. 45 percent of African American professional athletes end up broke after their short professional careers are over. This is tragic and reveals the problem of a broken educational system. The system has forgotten how to teach athletes the management of money. The athlete has not taken the iniciative to understand how to manage his/her money. The question remains who is responsiable the educational institution, the parents, or the player? It is now offical, college sports are no longer a game, but big business and all FOR THE LOVE OF MONEY. “People! Don’t let money, don’t let money change you, it will keep on changing, ya, changing up your mind.”