Doug Robinson: Welcome to NCAAland — a country completely independent of the U.S.

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  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Feb. 28, 2013 10:24 a.m.

    Sorry, typing too fast. It would be bigger THAN the Super Bowl.

  • yodak Dallas, TX
    Feb. 28, 2013 10:06 a.m.

    JMH, I agree - that really would solve the problem.

    Here's something that really proves it's about money as far as the NCAA is concerned. Lately, it has been pressuring schools to eliminate "stereotypical and offensive" mascots. St Johns is now Red Storm instead of Redmen. As a descendant of Irish immigrants into this country, I wonder why the NCAA hasn't required Notre Dame to change its mascot as well. I can't think of a more stereotypical and offensive mascot in all of college sports. Actually, I don't wonder. Notre Dame makes billions of dollars per year for the NCAA, so they'll be allowed to have whatever mascot they want - even if it does perpetuate the Irish stereotype - I'm sure I don't need to elaborate. I know not every Irish person is offended by this mascot, and some may even think it's funny. But that still doesn't change the fact that the NCAA enforces its rules based on financial considerations.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Feb. 27, 2013 2:50 p.m.

    If the NCAA wanted to actually do something to help college football, they would bust the BCS and refuse to recognize their so called "championship" and require a playoff system. They'd make bank, just like March Madness. It would be bigger then the Super Bowl.

  • JMH Provo, UT
    Feb. 27, 2013 10:33 a.m.

    Obama10. You are right, it is about football and to some extent basketball but the funds these two sports generate end up supporting all the non revenue sports. I emphasize again that the vast majority of student athletes get more in return from the scholarship than the school gets from their activity.

  • Obama10 SYRACUSE, UT
    Feb. 27, 2013 9:59 a.m.

    College sports has become all about the money, whether its the university, NCAAland, or TV. Everyone is getting rich in this billion dollar industry except those who actually play. Lets also be clear, the money is only in college football. The rest of the sports unfortunately have just become "fluff".

  • JMH Provo, UT
    Feb. 27, 2013 8:35 a.m.

    This article sounds good but also ignores a lot of the facts. The overwhelming majority of college athletes benefit more than the university from the athletic scholarship they received. It has become in vogue for sports writers to jump on this bandwagon and proclaim that NCAA athletes are being used and abused by universities. Here is a solution Doug. I would be interested if you would support this because it would solve the problem. Eliminate athletic scholarships. Students would apply to universities an have to be admitted on their own merits. Then they could try out for the various teams. They would be normal students. Those that have better abilities could go right to the professional ranks and avoid being used by a university.

    I will admit the song writing issue for the Minnesota wrestler needs to be examined and corrected. But as far as universities gaining from athletes, the majority of athletes get more than they give.