For the life of me, I don't understand how they get away with this. These fat cat colleges, the multi-millionaire college coaches, and the highly paid bureaucrats at the NCAA make big, big money off college sports. Cities all over the country rake in piles of dough when fans come calling, paying lavishly at stadiums, hotels and bars as the basketball or football teams duke it out. With this college sports system, everyone wins! Everyone wins except the players.
Just who are these young denizens worthy of awe and worship? Kids, they're kids. Kids willing to risk their life and limb to participate in the sports they love. People say college sports give opportunities, such as a college education, to some who could ill-afford it. True. These kids, 18 - 22 year olds, have high hopes and dreams. Sometimes the dreams come true. Someone has to win the Heisman trophy and go on to a long career of fame and wealth. But, the fact of the matter is that most of these kids don't make it to the pros, let alone have illustrious careers, and their college athletic careers may be the pinnacle of their lives.
For the time being, let's ignore the physical toll these kids pay, brain damage, broken bones, torn ligaments, which oftentimes plague these players throughout their lives. Let's look at the economic consequences to these kids that give their all for the love of their college team. Those who do not make it to the pros oftentimes leave school without a college degree. They were there to play the sport they loved, not really to go to classes. I don't know what the future holds for these young has-beens. All I know is that a lot of people cash in on the blood, sweat and tears of these unpaid young athletes. But these kids who may develop traumatic arthritis or closed head injuries don't get to share in the spoils, even if their teams are the victors.
In what other business in this country do the workers raking in big bucks for fat cats get totally shafted? We were supposed to have abolished indentured servitude long ago. Everyone else in America who works gets paid. Why not these guys? If colleges won't pay them, the NCAA or other agency should set up farm teams, like baseball. These kids work hard and risk their bodies and souls for their team. For crying out loud, let's quit wringing out the best from them and discarding them at the end of four years. These hard-working kids deserve to be paid! Their coaches are; the athletic directors are; and so is the NCAA. These kids need a union in the worst way.