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Paying college athletes

Postby Anaxagoras » Thu Feb 01, 2018 10:43 am

What do you think about this idea? Should college athletes be paid?
One former college athlete weighs in:

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/ ... e-athletes

During the three weeks of March Madness basketball last year, the NCAA earned $900m dollars while $9.2bn was gambled on the outcome. The players banging it out on the courts earned zip. Nada. Nothing.

I’ve been writing about this issue for several years now calling for college athletes to be paid the wages that they deserve and am sad to acknowledge that very little has changed since I was a college athlete at UCLA, so poor that I and most of my teammates could barely scrape by. But just as with every injustice, wrongs don’t get righted unless we keep raising our voices again and again. So, once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more.


I think they deserve to be paid. Would it ruin the sport though? Sports is the one market where it seems like the normal rules of the free market don't apply and collusion by owners is allowed. In any other business it would be illegal for competing owners to agree with each other to set prices, but not in sports. And I grant that it would be less competitive that way. The teams with the most money would always be able to recruit the best players. But there could also be a middle ground, like a "luxury tax" or even a salary cap that could ensure that things don't get too lopsided while still allowing the players to receive fair compensation.
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Re: Paying college athletes

Postby ed » Thu Feb 01, 2018 12:36 pm

Create a "junior league" with colleges as the initial owners. Pay the kids, fuck the classes, thats a joke anyway. Let the teams use the college logos for merchandising and so on.

I think that it will serve to flood the sports market and thus, over time, reduce viewership and revenues thus destroying professional sports, which is a good thing since it is entirely racist and borderline genocidal.

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Re: Paying college athletes

Postby Anaxagoras » Thu Feb 01, 2018 1:33 pm

Ummm, so you're in favor essentially. Or you don't give a fuck either way.

I guess I'm sort of in the same boat because it would have zero effect on me personally, so it's all academic as far as I'm concerned.
Still, in principle I'm against exploitation. People should be paid a fair wage for their labor.
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Re: Paying college athletes

Postby Anaxagoras » Thu Feb 01, 2018 1:40 pm

So if I could summarize the Ed Plan, it's to make Basketball and Football more like Baseball. Because Baseball has the minor leagues. For Basketball and Football, college is essentially the minor leagues, except the players get a college education (in theory) in lieu of a minor league salary.
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Re: Paying college athletes

Postby Abdul Alhazred » Thu Feb 01, 2018 2:23 pm

I think professional sports is a form of corruption that should be rooted out.
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Re: Paying college athletes

Postby ed » Thu Feb 01, 2018 2:45 pm

I think we should bite the bullet and recognize sports for what they are_ ways for the man to exploit black folks.
Call a spade a spade, do away with farm teams, call them what they are Plantation Teams. No fucking coaches, Overseers!!.

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Re: Paying college athletes

Postby Abdul Alhazred » Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:23 pm

ed wrote:I think we should bite the bullet and recognize sports for what they are_ ways for the man to exploit black folks.
Call a spade a spade, do away with farm teams, call them what they are Plantation Teams. No fucking coaches, Overseers!!.

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Re: Paying college athletes

Postby Doctor X » Fri Feb 02, 2018 10:12 am

It is a tough situation. A poor kid is "given" a place in college with tuition paid and . . . nothing else. So he cannot afford to actually be in college. He does what he can until he can make the pros.

Unless he cannot.

The NCAA makes Goodell appear competent.

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Re: Paying college athletes

Postby RCC: Act II » Fri Feb 09, 2018 5:51 pm

Anaxagoras wrote:I think they deserve to be paid. Would it ruin the sport though?


I can't figure any solid reasons why this would be so.

The irony is that this would likely lead to more kids getting degrees if we were to keep current eligibility standards in place. Not so much for the superstars, but those on the fringes. Quite a few guys come out early because the way things work this maximizes their income potential even though they are likely to be at best marginal pros. Being paid in college changes that dynamic.

The idea that, at least once something grows enough to where there is money to be made, that amateurism is a virtue is just utter nonsense. That love of the game garbage might be a rec league thing, but above that it is simple exploitation.


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