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(The Root) — Joe Schad of ESPN is reporting that one day after Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said his conference members had discussed the concept of paying student athletes more than the scholarship money awarded now, several other power brokers in college football weighed in on the topic. Conference USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky said, “Something has to give on this issue. Universities justify spending tens of millions of dollars on coaches’ compensation, with a seemingly insatiable appetite for more growth. At the same time, a small fraction of that amount is spent on all scholarships for all student athletes. Unless the student athletes in the revenue-producing sports get more of the pie, the model will eventually break down. It seems it is only a matter of time.”
Sometime before the dawn of summer, Terrelle Pryor will saunter into a standing room only filled stadium lined with more than 100,000 or so of his closest, most ardent admirers many of whom will be draped in his famed N0. 2 Ohio State jersey as an added declaration of the adulation they now profess to feel for him. And what shall be the Heisman Trophy contending QB’s blessing from all that reverence? Try a five game NCAA imposed suspension for daring to cash in on what could very well simply be his fifteen minutes of fame.
Understand that’s less a commentary on Pryor’s NFL prospects than it is an ironclad indictment of the hypocritical NCAA system and the bureaucrats who selfishly insist on classifying him an amateur athlete even though all logical deduction stipulates a different ruling. For what can truly be construed as sophomoric about an industry that grosses on the fringes of a billion in annual earnings, not to mention outpaces the National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball in ad revenue by 40 and 60 percent respectively each calendar year?
To the contrary, it seems more than just a bit wily how any institution could ever devise a financial scheme where the men and women chiefly responsible for generating all the revenue are unilaterally prohibited from sharing in the windfall.
And yet, even in the face of all that hypocrisy, there are still those that will tell you the idea that college athletes should be paid is as asinine as the mind boggling reality that they still are not. Among other memorabilia, Pryor—along with four of his teammates— is accused of having shortchanged the system by— you guessed it— daring to sell an autographed replica of his very own jersey.“They’re not professionals,” reasons NCAA president Mark Emmert . “They are getting ready for whatever their profession is. College is such a great opportunity… they should be grateful for the opportunity to receive a great education. They are pre-professionals… just like every other student on campus.”
Only Pryor and the roughly 700 or so other Division 1 athletes aren’t quite like all their other collegiate counterparts at all. There’s just something about those millions of dollars they generate for the university that makes them quite different.
(Salon.com) — Lowell Bergman is the rare skunk who regularly finds his way into the power elite’s garden parties. As tobacco executives celebrated huge revenues in the 1990s, he was the journalist whose reporting about cancer and nicotine addiction stopped the festivities. As credit card executives toasted their holiday-season profits, his 2004 New York Times investigation humiliated the lending industry by showing how it traps unsuspecting consumers in perpetual debt. So it was no surprise that as the sports establishment concluded its perennial orgy of profit known as March Madness, Bergman was at it again, this time exposing the corruption beneath all the school spirit.