ONN – Darren Rovell Just Wrong On Impact Of Paying College Athletes On NCAA
The NCAA will not be destroyed contrary to Darren Rovell’s tweet. But what will be terminated is the current slave system that athletes play under.
Darren Rovell, whom I’ve known since 2005, issued a tweet from his account (it seems to have been removed) that stated, among other things, that the NCAA would end as an organization. If the NCAA and its member schools can’t bring itself to fairly compensate the players that are at the core of why it exists, then perhaps that should happen. But, like most organizations of the size and age of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, it will simply adjust to the times.
Overall, we’re paying people less than we did 30 years ago, adjusted for inflation. We have off-shored many jobs that provide services today. A person who comes out of school finds it harder to land a well-paying job than ever before. If a college student can make money off of their physical talents, rather than just the college, why not let them?
Darren Rovell should know that the idea that a scholarship is payment is baseless: many students land scholarships, but then get paid internships with companies in their field while in college. So, there’s no logical reason an NCAA athlete shouldn’t be able to do that – now, in California, they can.
The NCAA already pimps out the players as the face of the school. The NCAA already sets up the player as an entertainer. To not pay them, to insist on a structure that uses them, is slavery. That must stop.
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