Skip to comments.House, Senate members drum up support for compensating college athletes
Posted on 10/18/2019 5:36:27 AM PDT by FatherofFive
"The reality is Congress is going to act," U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, said Wednesday. "We're coming for you, [NCAA]." Romney participated in a roundtable discussion with several other politicians, advocates and others involved in the sports world such as NFL Players Association attorney Joe Briggs and ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas. Romney told ESPN he was committed to finding a better way to compensate college athletes.
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That’s what I thought!
Not one thing they pursue is ever resolved. In fact, the problem is usually made worse after they fix it! Obama care and the emperors new clothes immediately come to mind.
There will always be people willing to exploit us! The truth is that "we" are the problem.
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I'm reminded of two classics scenes from two separate movies.
And the forever classic scene
Both encapsulate and illustrate the problems with modern America culture and contemporary political discourse since at least the Clinton era. In truth we've been this bad my entire life!
The amount of money in college sports is unreal.
[[[With all the troubles in the land, I’m so glad Mittens has found a cause of real importance. ]]]
Follow the money.
“It will destroy college sports as we know them, and therefore I support it.”
Yes it would. But can you tell me how what they will have to substitute for it so people with no chance at all are going to get an education without the scholarships, student jobs created from them, how it falls within the education system, and the money made to support the many pieces of the programs they generate, is going to be produced.
The NCAA is a business for the institutions, not for the employees, this time the players. The players are trading their “talents” for a paid for, in most cases, education and a chance to advertise those talents to “promote” to a level of income most don’t even dream about in the world. And they are getting an education, if they choose to, so they can expand on that if they go elsewhere. But they are still using their talents to get that. Jobs in pro sports are limited so getting that degree can be a step to a good life outside the sports that got them there. And the colleges are willing to partner up with them to make their success a reality while they are in college, in their sport or business, and after they are looking to retire from their chosen field.
So don’t just look at it as a limited process, see the bigger picture. It’s more than just about the player and what he/she brings to the table. It is in trade for the good of the university and other students as well. Partnership.
This will accelerate another “interesting demand & problem” for universities!
There is a creeping movement for grad students to unionize and demand union scale wages (What that might be for an English major I haven’t a clue!) Some of the same arguments can be made for both athletes & grad students. Both work for longer then the 8 hour day. Its claimed for both its part of the “education process”. Both are “exploited” by their “upper management” successful coaches get multimillionaire salaries plus benefits, hot shot profs do quite well extra bennies & perks, of course not as well as coaches but far far better then grad students.
Its going to be interesting to see how all this “demand for fairness” plays out!
Gosh, this is so important..../nonsense from Mitt
LOL! I agree with you to a point...the point that college sports and academics are entirely 2 different subjects. Money makes people pretend a lot of things aren’t so. No college will admit they care less about students learning than they do about all the $$$ coming in from the sports teams!
From the accepted doctrine that the United States is a government of delegated powers, it follows that those not expressly granted, or reasonably to be implied from such as are conferred, are reserved to the states, or to the people. To forestall any suggestion to the contrary, the Tenth Amendment was adopted. The same proposition, otherwise stated, is that powers not granted are prohibited [emphasis added]. United States v. Butler, 1936.
All this must be in response to the 18+ semi-pro league that’s planned to start up next year. The NFL can draft out of there and the kids don’t have to screw around majoring in basket weaving. The colleges must be worried.
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