It may be a revelation to these young men, but I made it all the way through
school without the guarantee ever of a 4 year scholarship. Poor babies, made to
go to school and get an education while they play a game they supposedly love.
This really takes the cake. Who would ever have imagined that a free college
education because you are an athlete wand have the potential to make it big time
in the professional world wouldn't be enough for poor students that
couldn't possibly afford college any other way? It's the "me"
syndrome, fueled by greed, and it will become a slippery slope, just like what
happened to all professional sports thanks to a New York Yankees Owner who could
afford to buy the moon.
College athletics no longer serve any useful purpose. End them entirely and get
back to educating students.If the pro sports teams need a "farm
league" to train players, they should start their own, not depend on
colleges.And, for all the "sports events earn money for
school" arguments, remember that those sports programs cost a ton of money
too. Coach salaries alone dwarf those of the finest minds in a medical college,
which is positively obscene.
If this ruling is upheld, what will really happen is that many schools, for more
than most realize, will drop sports altogether. BYU will be one that drops all
sports programs if they must pay the students and list them as employees. Most
schools will drop them, because they will not be able to afford them any longer.
Yes, football makes money, but most college sports lose money and they are paid
for by what football brings in. This will never bring about what these greedy
players want. Also, academic scholarships are for one year only and they are
based on performance, so does that mean if I am on an academic scholarship, I
should be paid and be considered and employee? This is a sad joke.
This could be an issue for BYU in two ways.1. If students decide to
join a union for sports.2. Some schools choose not to play them, because
they are non-union.Northwestern is a private school which makes the
ruling interesting. If and when this crosses over to state run schools, there
you go. Organized crime officially known as unions has found a new funding
source.One way or another this will impact everyone with an interest
in college sports Major conferences and networks are partly to blame. With
licensed apparel, sponsored bowl games and mega TV deals. It's greed. Now
its starting to spread to college athletes themselves, not all of them though.
As always, people stress the extremes of what could result from this ruling in
sports. Perhaps something in the middle could be the result which would be
Universitys paying the "full cost of attending". this would mean a
smaller stipend which is the same at all schools. Lets hope that this along with
guaranteed medical care ( and possible disability insurance) are some of the
changes that will be made. Sports can still survive under those conditions.