Take the money

So I was watching Todd McShay talk college football this morning on ESPN.

McShay probably makes, I’d guess, about $200,000 annually. When he was done speaking on ESPN’s College Football Gameday (or maybe it was SportsCenter), I was taken to five or six commercials during the break. Target. Home Depot. Sears. Etc. Each commercial surely cost a large amount of money. When programming resumed, I was taken to the sight of some upcoming game, which would be played in a stadium whose name was purchased for millions of dollars by a corporation. The ESPN goobers all appeared on the program, which was sponsored by Old Spice or some other company. They interviewed coaches wearing apparel supplied by Nike or Adidas or whatever. The apparel companies were paying the schools and coaches millions to dress the part. The players will all appear in next year’s EA Sports video game offering—not their names, but their likenesses and uniform numbers. On and on and on …

And Cam Newton is scum for asking for $200,000?

8 thoughts on “Take the money”

  1. Cam also gets the training, and workout facilities to become a professional and make millions.
    I’m not going to pretend he cares about the education, but something just might stick.
    In the future, if the NFL doesn’t work out, he has made connections and relationships to turn into $.

    If you really want to get right down to it he is paid quite well just to play.

    Before you start getting all righteous please don’t forget you work for a sporting publication that uses naked women dressed in paint to sell copies so that you can get paid.

    Naked and semi naked women relate to sports how?

  2. It’s all bullshit.
    Doesn’t matter where, what, or who, everything revolves around the $ or the €.
    College does try to keep from becoming too professional, if they didn’t the thousands of regular guys wouldn’t even get a chance.

  3. The bottom line is that schools make millions off of students, many of whom are poor to begin with…you can put them in a University and give them the opportunity to learn, but that doesn’t guarantee them any sort of financial security for their future or families. In short, it’s a system where – bluntly – a lot of rich, white guys make money off of a lot of poor, black kids. And those athletes are criminals for asking for something in return? Hardly fair, to say the least.

    1. Perfectly stated, DG. There’s an enormous difference between “breaking the rules” and committing an immoral act. Athletes might break the rules when tyey accept cash, but compared with the evilness of the system, it’s no big thing.

  4. I don’t see any evil in the system.
    Do talented people deserve to make money?

    A talented coach deserves to make money.

    *A student athlete gets an education – to make money.
    *Gets an opportunity to develop game skills – to make money.
    *Meets possible connections – to make money.
    Talent determines whether it works out.

    The problem with paying $$$ for athletes to compete puts all the strength into a handful of schools.
    Forget Boise State even being mentioned, forget many schools.
    I live in Eugene. The University of Oregon would have no trouble buying a bunch of blue chip players. Phil Knight has deep pockets.
    As it is Oregon has done it with few, if any, blue chip players. I can’t think of any on the team.
    When schools are allowed to pay for talent then far too many schools would have no chance.
    Universities pump enormous amounts of money into the local economy. Especially the sports departments. Oregon’s success has helped keep a community alive. The unemployment rate in Eugene is high, around 10%.
    Without the impact of sports income it would be much, much higher.

  5. But jmw, surely there’s a way to even things out. The NFL and NBA have caps on player salaries and yet the best teams make more money through ticket sales, merchandise, etc. The way it currently stands, people are getting paid in a non-regulated manner and obviously the richer schools can afford to pay more. So regulate it. Cap it. Give each school the same opportunity.

    You write that students are given the opportunity for success, but really that’s a fiction. First of all, no one’s success is dependent on Cam Newton getting an A in math. So the incentive will be to keep him on the field or studying the playbook or doing press or marketing for the school. All that on top of the fact that students are largely placed in academic environments they would have a hard time competing in if they could spend all day studying. If they’re being paid with their education, they’re certainly not being paid to study. They’re being paid to play football. So let’s take the fiction out of it, regulate it, and give both students and schools a chance to make money and compete on a level playing field.

  6. dg,
    It is regulated. No one gets paid.
    Even if you allow some payment the cheaters will continue to cheat. It just may be harder to spot.
    Some guy driving around in a Range Rover can now say he bought it with the (legitimate) money he was paid, when in reality he was paid much more by some booster.
    How are you going to catch the cheaters?

    The reality is most of the money that comes into a program actually does go back to the players in the form of facilities.
    Blue chip, 4 star, and 3 star players go to college with the goal of getting the training to become a professional.
    They “major” in sports.
    When a school can offer the workout facilities, trainers, coaches, and medical staff to assist them in that goal then they are receiving their money’s worth. That is their education, sports training and experience. Cam wouldn’t succeed by going straight into the pro’s he NEEDS college.

    Getting a scholastic education allows them something to fall back on if the sports education doesn’t work out.
    Pretty much like anyone that goes to school. Few people get jobs in the subject they originally went to school to major in.

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