By David G. Firestone
We are in the midst of March Madness, the NCAA Basketball tournament. The big story in sports is the tournament, and if Kentucky can go undefeated for the season. As of right now they are 35-0 and if they win, they will be 40-0. Can I ask a real question? Why do we still think college sports are anything except a cash grab for the schools and the NCAA.
It’s general knowledge by now that the NCAA is a cartel. They were formed to prevent injuries in football in 1905, but have since become the overseer of all of the top collegiate sports in the country. They regulate themselves and police themselves with little outside interference. Basically the foxes have been guarding the hen house since the beginning. They want the outside world to believe that they take the regulation seriously.
But this non-profit group cares a lot about profits. The NCAA takes in billions of dollars, pays no taxes, and has insane rules concerning how the players are treated. An athlete on scholarship may only be given, under NCAA rules, room and board, and tuition. The athletes are basically make the schools and NCAA money, but they get nothing. Their names and likenesses are used by the NCAA for profit, but the students get no compensation. They are trying to get to the professional leagues, but only 1% of them ever will. The schools can’t even give the athletes things they need. There was a case where an NCAA hockey player had his watch stolen out of his locker. The coach bought him a new one, and both were suspended for a rule violation.
I’ve already stated my opinions on their penalty enforcement, so I won’t repeat myself. I’m just sick of this hypocritical approach to finances in college sports. I don’t watch college sports, I never have and I never will, until the NCAA changes its rules.