I thought the point was colleges exploiting athletes. Now the point is an NFL rule?
Do you think the young women on our volleyball team feel exploited? They put as much effort into their team and their education as football players. The difference is that football pays the tab for volleyball. So maybe it’s the volleyball team exploiting the football players? We could talk this in circles forever. The bottom line is that scholarship athletes got something that most of us wish we had – an education paid for by playing a game we would play anyway.
On your first point, if you don’t see how the two are intertwined I can’t help you. Colleges are happy to play their part in the game, but the pro leagues are guilty parties also. They work together, if you hadn’t realized this. I think you’re just being hypercritical of my wording however, so I’ll most on.
Your last line makes no sense really - what if I were to replace that education you refer to as “something most of us wish we had” with “a double cheeseburger”? Just because it’s something people may value doesn’t mean it’s the appropriate amount of compensation for services rendered or monetary gains earned for an institution. I’m not 100% sure what the correct answer is, and maybe it’s a sliding scale based on performance or actual returns on investment… but to just pick out an arbitrary reward and give it to each and every athlete across the board and tell everyone to be happy with that seems pretty idiotic to me.
Pretend I’m a big time athlete at a BCS school… What if I don’t want an education? I don’t care about a degree, who are you to tell me what I should value in my own life? What if I’d rather just have my cheeseburger and not have to worry about classes? Who are you to tell me otherwise when I have made this school 10 million dollars in the last 3 months? There aren’t even any other realistic places to take my talents until I’m eligible for the pro draft, how is that capitalistic at all? Where is the SEC on such an issue?
I think too many people are just perfectly happy with the status quo to ever go making changes that won’t make their own lives better, even if it means depriving others by keeping things the same. There is far too much of this “we know what’s best for you” mentality with the NCAA and people who support these age rules and outdated “amateur” qualifiers.