Ikoma wrote:Right. We should pay college athletes. I my opinion, doing so will reduce some of the ferver allumi and other fans feel once it is crystal clear the 'college' league is just a minor league and the students are not part of 'your' school.
I used to believe that but now I disagree 1014%.
It's solving the wrong problem.
College should be about educating students for a future career. Once they become legal farm teams, the incentive will be to make them as profitable as possible. Sports becomes the primary concern. Money invested in and by the school will be put towards making the sports programs bigger and better instead of making education better. Those costs just get passed on to students in the forms of higher tuition. Costs go up. Education quality goes down.
Oh wait. That's exactly what's already been happening for the last 40 years.
See, I have a personal, bitter experience with this. I went to the University of Louisville (the school in trouble) back in the 1980's. Back then, basketball was already a powerhouse, winning the national championship in 1980 and 1986, but the football program was a joke. The school decided that needed to change that so they invested millions of dollars building a new football stadium, building new dorms for football players and a new athletic center. At the same time, they eliminated a computer science program because they did not have the funding for it.
Yes, I said a COMPUTER SCIENCE program.
Computers - you know, those things that changed the world over the last 30 years.
A university should be there to create workers that can get jobs and yet they eliminated the single most effective degree program from their curriculum, all because of football.
UofL was reasonably well-respected academic institution back then.
Now it has become a corrupt sports machine that is facing yet another scandal - the third for this basketball coach in 10 years - but, because of this and some idiocy by the state governor, they are in danger of losing their accreditation as a school altogether.
Well done guys.