March Madness is underway in college sports, and it’s not just basketball we’re talking about. Evidently, student athletes are suing the NCAA alleging that colleges make too much money off of them.
Here we go again. Issues of income disparity and redistribution of wealth have now made their way into college sports.
It’s not a total surprise. We can’t have a successful business or organization anymore without someone whining about it with their hand out.
Personally, I have no sympathy for them. College players get an education and an opportunity to play professionally if they’re good enough. Many if not most of these individuals don’t have the academic qualifications for admission into the college or university where their tuition is paid in full. They also get free room, board, medical attention, and personal tutoring if they’re on the verge of failing out.
College athletes also learn responsibility and hard work (or at least they’re supposed to learn that). Additionally, they have the opportunity to be leaders of their school and enjoy all that comes along with representing your alma mater. It’s an incredible experience.
There may be some merit to the idea of paying each player a small stipend of spending money since playing sports becomes a fulltime job for these kids, and they can’t wait tables on the side. But that should just be enough money to survive. It shouldn’t be a six figure salary.
In the end, if the court agrees with the players, why even have an NCAA at all? Why not just have some junior professional league and dispense with some fake romantic notion of playing for a school? Face it, when colleges and universities start negotiating with players financially for their services, it won’t be too long before the biggest and wealthiest schools are dominating everything anyway.
Say goodbye to the Butler Universities of the world making the Final Four. Ain’t gonna happen in a world where big money is thrown in the mix.
And where is all of this supposed to end? High school? Grade school? At what point do we no longer need to pay the best players to entice them to play?
It’s truly shameful that a bunch of lawyer leeches have poisoned college kids minds with the idea that they are now somehow entitled to more than a free college education to play a sport.
In the end, this could mark the spiraling downfall of college sports. For starters, the two sports where this is mostly an issue are football and basketball. There is already a problem in basketball with so many college standouts jumping straight to the NBA after their freshman year. Most likely, the influence of so much money will likely only encourage rules to be loosened for early entry into the NFL as well. It won’t be long before teams at the collegiate level look more like the equivalent of Minor League Baseball organizations.
This will in turn have a spiraling negative impact on all the other sports that are essentially funded by the success of their football/basketball counterparts. How long will it be before tennis or lacrosse programs are dropped in order to support the salaries demanded by football and basketball players?
College sports are fun and bring joy to so many people. Let’s leave them alone and return to the true meaning of March Madness—a basketball tournament like no other in the world.