Excellent University of North Carolina case study detailing the wide ranging impact of the Supreme Court’s recent decision to let college athletes receive money for their “name, image, and likeness”. The main take-away is that alumni donations that used to go to athletic departments are going directly to a few star football and basketball players through “collectives”. One result is a glaring economic divide between teammates. Another is ever greater financial hardship for minor sports, many which are on life-support.
As always, the top comments from readers are interesting.
“I find it interesting that athletic directors and. coaches who rake in mega million dollars for themselves and billions for the schools, find it somehow disconcerting when the players, who generate the wealth for the system, make a couple hundred thousand. The player who makes $300,000 is somehow preventing that same $300,000 from going to the swim team? — funny that we don’t hear that argument when $5 million goes to the head football coach.”
“A lot of hand wringing over athletes getting their fair market value. I say: if coaches get paid, athletes should too. Oh, other sports may die out? Let colleges can dip into their endowment, tv rights, donations, etc. If they can find a way to pay coaches $10,000,000 a year, they can find a way to keep their swimming program.”
While we are extremely surprised and disappointed by the news coming out of UCLA and USC today, we have a long and storied history in athletics, academics, and leadership in supporting student-athletes that we’re confident will continue to thrive and grow into the future. The Pac-12 is home to many of the world’s best universities, athletic programs and alumni, representing one of the most dynamic regions in the United States. We’ve long been known as the Conference of Champions, and we’re unwavering in our commitment to extend that title. We will continue to develop new and innovative programs that directly benefit our member institutions, and we look forward to partnering with current and potential members to pioneer the future of college athletics together.
From the PAC-12. . . Initial Draft.
While we are extremely surprised and disappointed by the news coming out of UCLA and USC today, we have a long and storied history in athletics, academics, and leadership in supporting student-athletes that we’re confident will continue to thrive and grow into the future. Let’s keep it real though. UCLA never could tackle. On the other hand, we acknowledge we may never recover from the loss of USC’s cheerleaders. We’ve long been known as the Conference of Champions, and we’re confident that when we complete negotiations with Azusa Pacific and Biola, God will bless us with many, many more. Until then, remember Easterners, you can always find us playing at 1a.m. on Fox Sports.
“Here’s a quick and convenient way of finding out whether you’re ready to run a two-hour marathon. Head to the track and run six laps (roughly 1.5 miles) at two-hour pace (4:34.6 per mile), then run one more lap as fast as you can. Have a nearby exercise physiologist fit you with a portable oxygen-measuring mask, to measure your energy consumption at that pace. Then crunch the data to see whether your metabolism is settling into a sustainable pattern, or whether it’s spiraling out of control toward a fiery explosion.”
All the news isn’t bad. And maybe today’s youth aren’t a lost cause after all.
Sick and tired of big time college and professional sports? Knuckleheads running afoul of the law, the commercialism, the cheating, the excesses of competition. Then take a few minutes and read about how Ohio high school trackster Meghan Vogel (on the right below) recently stopped to help a fallen competitor across the finish line near the very end of the 3,200 meter final.
Maybe it’s an especially touching story because we mistakenly think competition is an elixir for all that ails us. Vogel’s decision highlights the power of cooperation. Her compassion and humble response to her fifteen minutes of fame inspire me. And the surprising decision by the meet officials not to apply the letter of the law and disqualify the two student-athletes warrants praise.