George F. Will: College football is more big business than academics

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  • Mister J Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 19, 2013 6:58 p.m.

    Olbermann (yeah that one) addressed this issue in regards to Manziel on his 8/27 program. Long story short... money talks.

    For me, its the Nfl is unbearable. I blame the hip hop culture invading. Soon, the Nfl will be as bad as the Nba. College pigskin is still entertaining if only because its not a copycat league.

    Why though is Prep football televised on anything other than local cable access? It amplifies the flawed message we are sending to kids who already get preferential treatment.

  • louie Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 19, 2013 1:08 p.m.

    Great article. College football and the NCAA form one of the greatest hypocrisies of our time.

  • Pete1215 Lafayette, IN
    Sept. 19, 2013 10:21 a.m.

    This article affirms one of the more obvious facts in existence. The problem with football is that a brain with the consistency of not-well-set-jello is being subject to high-G impacts. If we wanted to remove this known danger, we would get rid of helmets and padding. Anyone who has ever bumped one's head knows that the head has a quite good censor that will dissuade trauma, its presence is indicated by our saying "ouch".

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    Sept. 19, 2013 10:03 a.m.

    So who's to blame for this situation? Administrators? TV? Ultimately it's the fans who willingly pay higher and higher ticket prices and contribute exhorbitant amounts to booster organizations. A lot of the world's problem could be solved if the same amount of money and effort were put into more important efforts than entertainment.

  • Fred T PHOENIX, AZ
    Sept. 19, 2013 5:48 a.m.

    The only thing that will FIX cllege football and make it a student/athlete played game is for the NFL to create a minor league similar to baseball.
    This will NEVER happen because the MONEY is too great and the NFL is getting something for NOTHING.

    Follow the TV money... it has changed the college game, runining it in my opinion.
    college football has gone from a sport to an event.
    The NFL, not part of Will's article, has been diluted by early jumps from college to the pros.
    This in turn has lowered the level of competition in college as well.

    Now we pay a high premium to watch an inferior product at both levels. Entertaining? yes. But then so is high school or jr high school ball when the competition level is at the same level.

    I wonder....