From my most-recent BT column:
This morning when I logged on to Twitter I noticed a ton of updates from Jalen Rose
my negative about college hoops/sports is the flagrant exploitation of college kids-I will list a few reasons-HOW THIS TAKES PLACE
player signs letter of intent-coach decides to go to another school/or the pros for a bigger deal-to transfer-player has to sit out a season
google how much money is generated by the NCAA(for decades)-tv/tix sales/gear/reg season/conf tourneys/ncaa tourney/bcs games.
college coaches have no salary caps-they mk money from the schools-shoe companies-commercials-camps-tv-radio-appearances.
the coaches even are allowed to hv agents-in a lots of cases-that just so happen to end of representing(wink)their best players in the NBA
what happens to the players who dont mk it to the NFL or NBA..that helped generate billions to coaches-shoe companies and universities?
a degree does not guarantee a job-what if you need more than for years to earn a degree?
college athletes are not allowed to work during the school year-WHY-your sport is your job- just not being paid to do it
so as you enjoy the NCAA tourney-note-ONLY 60 players(incl overseas)will get drafted-the underclassmen will head bk to campus-
majority of the seniors who helped generate billions..for colleges and coaches will head into obscurity..and a ton w/o degrees..SAD
CBS brought back the “Boss Button,” a special online feature on CBS’ “March Madness on Demand” that allows employees to conceal the fact they are not doing their jobs while sitting in front of their computer screens. Last year viewers clicked on the button 2.5 million times. This year the Boss Button is actually sponsored.
Here's how it works: You hear footsteps...you hit the "Boss Button" and the Madness stops. And a nifty-looking, although phony, spreadsheet instantly appears. Whew, that was a close call!
Our economy is in deep recession, bordering on depression. Record numbers of companies are going out of business or declaring bankruptcy. Unemployment is fast approaching 10%. Just what our economy needs: Online tools to help employees do less work and lose more money.
Yes, it’s a joke, but it’s really a short jump from hypothetical worker fraud to actual NCAA transgression. A few years ago, Oklahoma football players hit the figurative Boss Button at a no-show job provided by a booster. The real consequence? They got caught and were booted from the team. The moral: College athletes must do all the heavy lifting. Everyone else can just hit the Boss Button.
UPDATE: I got slammed by The Oregonian blogger, Ryan White, who clearly does not read this blog regularly to know that I sometimes jest. In case there are others who think I am insinuating that the Boss Button might actually cause the world to spin off its axis, please.
Back in January, L.A. Times reporter Kurt Streeter produced a profile on Sonny Vaccaro and his crusade against the NCAA and the NBA age limit. The article is a little old, but there are a couple of quotes in it that I think need to be highlighted.
Vaccaro on Watching College Basketball: "I have mixed emotions about watching this game," said Sonny Vaccaro. "I just can't watch without getting mad at the whole ridiculous system."
Kurt Streeter on the NCAA and the Age Limit: "I can't say I agree with all Vaccaro stands for, but I feel most of his criticisms are on target. I share his dim view of the NCAA, and of the NBA's age limit: It's a farce that wouldn't fly if the kids most affected were not African American. Maybe we should pay more attention to what the pariah has to say."
Read the rest of the article here.