Monday, November 19, 2012

If I Were King

Michael Vick
If I were king I would immediately eliminate college athletic scholarships.  Zip.  Bang!  Gone.  And with them the ridiculously overblown spectacle of college athletics, billions of wasted dollars, and most importantly, the end of most of professional sports' tax-payer gravy train.

First, football and basketball basically add nothing to the academic agenda.  In fact, given that a great many of the players are borderline criminals to begin with, they actually drag down the academic agenda and I don't at all buy the argument that if it weren't for sports these kids would never have a chance to go to college.  So what?  College is for advanced education.  If you can't cut it academically, get a job.

If someone could come up with a composite figure of the amount of money these two sports cost society I am sure it would be staggering.  Think about it.  We outfit and train these kids from grade school through college.  We build multi-million dollar stadiums and arenas for them to play in so that a handful of them can go on to the professional level.  Then, on that level, not only have we handed the NFL and NBA a trained employee, but also built their palaces for them at costs as high as a billion dollars a stadium (Dallas stadium).

Strange thing is, I love college sports.  But if I were king, I'd cut this cancer out at the roots. 

17 comments:

  1. If I were King, I'd say "can't we all just get along?"

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    1. That was going to be my next post! Now I'm bereft with nothing to say.

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  2. I've never been much of a sports fan except for a bit of baseball. I looked up "cost of college football" and found this:

    http://sportsologist.com/college-athletics-by-the-number/

    It says the median cost per student athlete in 2009 was $76,000, and generally speaking, sports aren't profitable for the schools except for about half of the football and basketball programs.
    That's a lot of green spent on a couple of games, eh?

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  3. ok i will buy that...unless we can convince the pros to reinvest in the colleges...maybe...but you are right on a lot of them being criminals..ha...

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    1. Baseball has it's own farm system and doesn't cry to the taxpayers to build all of their stadiums.

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  4. From your blog to God's ears. And what's this punk giving the finger to?

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  5. Truth...I do not follow any sport but i do think that no one at the high school or college level should ever be allowed on the field until their third year. Practices yes for gym class credits, but play for TV nope two years of at least a 2.8 GPA before they can even think about making it into a game. When you assemble the actuaries to do the cost analysis don't forget to have them figure in the profit incentive for HS, College and Pro. Cut itout no..tax the shit out of it yes sir.

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  6. If I were Queen, I'd do the same. It's insane that tuition costs keep rising and money keeps getting shunted to the sports programs. College should be for academics, for kids who are there for the education.

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  7. Since I teach at a university, I understand this all too well.

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  8. ...and then there's the million-dollar salaries paid to coaches.

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  9. Well said. That's quite a shot of Vick you have there. It just breaks my heart that he's thrown so many interceptions this year. (Riiiiight.)

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