Originally Posted by archibaldleach
The issue I have with this argument is that a vast majority of players are not going to end up in the NFL or NBA. I would think that a lot of kids who have no hope of getting drafted would much rather get a degree which is of some value than languish in some minor league and wash out with nothing. Another problem is that profitable football programs often subsidize other athletic activities on campus, nearly all of which are money losers. Make football less profitable and you may kill a lot of other college athletic programs which give kids a chance to obtain an education they might not otherwise be able to afford (yes, I know there are loans, blah, blah, blah...).
In college football's defense, they also make kids wait 3 years before being able to go into the NFL and give them an opportunity to get some semblance of an education. The whole one and done thing in college basketball is a much bigger farce.
First of all, plus fucking one to all the excellent points that Texasmade gave in his post.
1) True, most players won't go professional. That actually makes things worse. The NCAA screws kids equally, whether they're future Hall of Famers or the slowest dude on the cross country team. The idea that they should take the opportunity to get a degree and be happy for it overlooks the myriad ways in which players are treated unethically. If you get a scholarship for dance, (another athletic, rather than academic, pursuit) you can get a part time job for spending money. You can transfer schools without being penalized a full year of participation in your chosen activity. Both of those are ways in which the NCAA ties down its free labor pool to keep the profits steady.
2) Yes, profitable programs subsidize other sports. However, aside from the top 5-10 biggest earners, football and, to a lesser extent, basketball are not profitable. The funds dumped into the program for state of the art facilities, travel budgets, ancillary costs and massive salaries for coaches outstrip the money that the programs bring in. It could easily be argued that killing the current system of big time college sports would actually be financially better for most schools.
3) And making kids wait 3 years before declaring for the NFL draft is exactly the type of hypocrisy that makes the NCAA so horrible. If three years of "education" were so important, it should be required for all players, not just football players. But they aren't getting an education in those 3 years. They're only being held back to improve the university's ROI. The NCAA loves to talk a big game about its so called student-athletes, but the fact is that the organization creates and enforces rules based on whatever it can do to maintain its free labor pool. The NFL doesn't want to build a minor league system when the NCAA serves that function so well, so it agreed not to draft anyone in their first 3 years of college. The NBA doesn't need their labor pool to go through as much formal training, so they didn't agree to that ludicrous demand. Thus, the double standard.
Finally, so what if the big time, big money college football and basketball entertainment empire disappears? For hundreds of colleges across the country, it doesn't exist anyway, and yet they still continue to function just fine. They even have intercollegiate sports. Hell, because the players know they won't be going pro, they actually go to class and try to graduate. Isn't that why kids are supposed to go to college?
Edited by SixOhNine - 3/29/14 at 10:59pm