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(CNN)   NCAA: "student-athletes should be protected from exploitation by professional and commercial enterprise" Wanna buy this jersey?   (sportsillustrated.cnn.com) divider line 16
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2011-07-27 11:20:59 AM
Players' unions work for the NFL, MLB, NBA... Just saying...
 
2011-07-27 12:19:28 PM
Read: NCAA profits should be protected from student*-athletes.
 
2011-07-27 12:39:48 PM

kronicfeld: student*-athletes.


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Likes the cut of your jib, sah.
 
2011-07-27 12:49:24 PM
If these college stars have scholarships, aren't they already getting paid?
 
2011-07-27 12:52:42 PM

andrewskdr: If these college stars have scholarships, aren't they already getting paid?


They're not even getting the full cost of college attendance.
 
2011-07-27 12:58:35 PM
I am about as big a neanderthal as there is and even I think "student-athlete" is just a farking stupid term. Who created that shiat? What about the student-jazzist or the student-chemist?
 
2011-07-27 02:33:32 PM
I'm becoming more and more convinced that the only real solution to this problem of college athletics corruption is to just force the NBA and NFL to remove any and all age restrictions for playing in the league. Remove all barriers, and indeed encourage entry into the pros for anyone who seriously wants to play professionally.

Yeah, the NBA and NFL would hate that, but too damn bad. You've been using the college game as a free minor league system for 50 years now, and look what it has lead to. Gravy trains over. And don't try and tell us you can't afford it because we know damn well that's BS. Create a real minor league system for your sports, with team affiliation and support. The NBA already has this somewhat with the D-League, that just needs to be expanded on and improved. The NFL would end up with the greatest minor league system of them all. You're trying to tell me a minor league NFL franchise associated with the Chiefs in Wichita or KC wouldn't make money? If fans thought they were getting to see some guys that would eventually play their way onto the Chiefs roster, you're damn right they'd go.

As for colleges, yes, they lose a lot of good players and the overall quality of the product goes down. But so what? Does anyone really care that much about the quality of play when it comes to college sports? If they do, it's in the vein of "I like better team play/fundamentals", which would only improve by removing kids who are just holding season-long tryouts for the pros. College sports is about rooting for "your school", rivalries, tradition, etc, at least it's supposed to be. The TV money will still be there for schools to gobble up and support non-revenue sports. In return for losing a lot of good players, let schools require multi-year commitments from anyone who attends, maybe in the 3 year range.

Paying players in college isn't really a workable solution due to the sheer number of players, differences between stars and run-of-the-mill players, and the difference between haves and have-not's between programs. Trying to lock down the problem with more rules and regulations obviously isn't doing the job. The only solution is to remove as much of the "Professional Athlete in Waiting" group of players as possible, and as silly as it sounds, get back to college athletics being a more pure, amateur pursuit.
 
2011-07-27 02:45:17 PM
The NFL and the NBA are laughing all the way to the bank because they basically got colleges to pay for their minor league systems.

I love sports as much as anyone, but colleges are for education.
 
2011-07-27 03:19:00 PM
Preach it, brother. I've been spouting this article for years.
 
2011-07-27 04:13:45 PM

Funzo: Preach it, brother. I've been spouting this article for years.


exactly...this article is the truth. a computer science student can do contract work on the side. a music student can play in the local clubs. why can't a basketball student sign some posters?

fun fact: aj green was punished for selling his private property (a jersey the school had given him after a bowl game), at the time of that "incident" the university of georgia had ~47 different varieties of aj green jerseys (including pink and baby size) available for purchase on it's official merchandise site.

if the schools wanted they could provide agents to prevent student-athletes from getting taken advantage of by shady dealers. and then the school could receive a cut.

/fark the ncaa
 
2011-07-27 04:58:01 PM
NCAA is the CBAA you beat me too it. South Park is life Again.
 
2011-07-27 05:02:58 PM
So, for the cost of tuition books and fees and a dorm room, they get to use my name and image to make billions from print media television and merchandise. I thought indentured servitude ended 2 centuries ago, or is this outright slavery. Go to a small nonsports oriented college, get a better education, pay less tuition. Really, check on it.
 
2011-07-27 09:51:50 PM

A Fark Handle: Funzo: Preach it, brother. I've been spouting this article for years.

exactly...this article is the truth. a computer science student can do contract work on the side. a music student can play in the local clubs. why can't a basketball student sign some posters?

fun fact: aj green was punished for selling his private property (a jersey the school had given him after a bowl game), at the time of that "incident" the university of georgia had ~47 different varieties of aj green jerseys (including pink and baby size) available for purchase on it's official merchandise site.

if the schools wanted they could provide agents to prevent student-athletes from getting taken advantage of by shady dealers. and then the school could receive a cut.

/fark the ncaa


Umm...that computer science nerd is not getting over $100,000 from the school. Further, the nerd actually goes to classes--and here's the crazy part--and stays awake the whole time.
 
2011-07-27 10:36:40 PM

gimmegimme: Further, the nerd actually goes to classes--and here's the crazy part--and stays awake the whole time.


No they aren't. Not after pulling another all-night Rift raid.
 
2011-07-27 11:28:46 PM

gimmegimme:
Umm...that computer science nerd is not getting over $100,000 from the school.


Yeah, but the computer science nerd isn't bringing in millions of dollars into the school coffers.
 
2011-07-27 11:49:58 PM

That_Dude: gimmegimme:
Umm...that computer science nerd is not getting over $100,000 from the school.

Yeah, but the computer science nerd isn't bringing in millions of dollars into the school coffers.


I am sorry to burst your bubble, but college athletics is a serious revenue drain at the vast majority of institutions. Aside from Ohio State, Michigan, et. al., the university operates athletics at a severe loss.

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