- The NCAA as we have known it is going away, traditionalists be damned. College athletics has a system that has long outgrown its funtionality and it’s time for a change. Everything about college athletics has changed. The requirements to earn a scholarship have changed, the number of student athletes has increased, the age kids get recruited has gottten younger, the money the universities and the NCAA make has increased, the hours the athletes put in have increased…but the antiquated NCAA Rule Book remains the same. The recent ruling by the NLRB agreeing that athletes are employees, suggests that certain other things will be changing soon…like that rule book.
- If you defended the character assassination of Richard Sherman by the media, then you should defend Johnny Manziel as well. He’s suffering from the same misguided character assassination by the media albeit for different reasons. I guess to the media everyone they don’t like is a punk.
- A lot of time is spent lauding the benefits of a college education when it applies to college basketbal players. I never hear this discussed much amongst the other major sports. The NFL is understandable because players cannot exit before their 3rd year out of high school. Approximately 47% of NFL players have 4 year degrees. Much to my surprise 21% of NBA players have 4 year degrees as of 2012 according to the New York Times. That brings me to MLB. According to STATS LLC. In 2012 out of 917 players on baseball rosters, only 39 had 4 year degrees. That’s 4%. I wonder why we don’t hear more about that.
- Carmelo Anthony? Why not? All he’s done is lead his team to the playoffs every year in his career (2003-Current) except this one with the disfunctional Knicks including a 54 win season just last year. Oh and he averages 25ppg for his career. You don’t find guys like that everyday.
If you ever believed that the NCAA was in it for “the student athlete” or if you’re one of the idiots who say that the free school is enough payment…then you should read this and EVERYTHING Jay Bilas ever has to say on this subject.
Jay Bilas, ESPN Analyst and former Duke Blue Devil, says flat out pay college athletes. I’m not sure I’m ready to go that far, but here are 5 things I would do:
1. Pay athletes a percentage of jersey and t shirt sales, not individually, but across the board.
2. Allow athletes to profit from their own likeness individually, i. e. endorsements, autographs, appearances…etc.
3. Waive the ridiculous rule forcing athletes who transfer to sit out a year. Coaches do it regularly without consequence.
4. Pay lifetime medical expenses for athletes when their injuries occurred while participating in sport during their college career.
5. Allow athletes to retain eligibility should they enter the draft and are either unhappy with their draft position or fail to get drafted.
That’s my take. Below is a link to a Jay Bilas article with his take.
Teammates Matter » Jay Bilas on “True Toughness”