basemetal: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAH!!!/good luck with that.
MugzyBrown: I think the college football & basketball system is idiotic how it is set up where top professional prospects agree to intern for free
IAmRight: MugzyBrown: I think the college football & basketball system is idiotic how it is set up where top professional prospects agree to intern for freea) this is how most industries are "set up"b) both sports, on the collegiate level, predate their professional counterparts by several decades.c) full tuition, housing, food, free tutors, gym access, training, exposure, travel, access to alums, cash stipendsetc. is not "free"
fatalvenom: ihatedumbpeople: again?No wonder we can't get any hockey threads.
rudemix: Sorry Malcolm, college football ain't sport its business. It won't end for some altruistic reason no matter how compelling it is.
xaks: Damnit mods, what did I *tell* you about crack while at work?Enough of the doubles already!
MugzyBrown: basemetal: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAH!!!/good luck with that.This is actually a very real issue. Just because you're ignorant to it, doesn't change that fact.The comparison to boxing is best.I think the college football & basketball system is idiotic how it is set up where top professional prospects agree to intern for free, allow a company to make millions off their talents as they risk everything for nothing more than exposure.Let the NBA and NFL fund their own development systems.
king of vegas: Gladwell has a great message and I wish he were right but football isn't going anywhere ever. It's much too popular and ingrained in our culture.
pacified: The NFL should be forced to create their own "Minor League" system, instead of piggy-backing off of universities. That's the whole problem here.If the NFL had a Minor League system, all the actual talent could "go pro" after high school, and spend a couple years before reaching the NFL.
Gdiguy: rudemix: Sorry Malcolm, college football ain't sport its business. It won't end for some altruistic reason no matter how compelling it is.But that's the thing - it currently exists in a state where it's really a business, but it's enough of an 'academic sport' that people are willing to close their eyes to the reality and go along with the story of it being student athletes playing on a school team.I think the Grantland article cited in this one really hits the nail on the head - the beginning of the end will be whenever some jury, somewhere, gives a multi-million dollar judgement to a multiple-concussion student against a middle tier college or high school. LSU couldn't care less... but other than a few high schools in Texas, most can't cover the risk / insurance to cover something like that. And high schools are much more risk-adverse, since they most don't get a serious income out of football - if the choice is exposure to multi-million dollar lawsuits or switching to touch football, it won't even be a serious debate.
MugzyBrown: a) This is not really true, especially in sports. Most sports in the world have their own systems and is not associated with college at all... even US sports like baseball.
MugzyBrown: a) This is not really true, especially in sports.
MugzyBrown: b) Every professional sport is predated by amature sports.. so?
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