Archive for the ‘NCAA’ Category

college athletes behaving badly

April 12, 2007

Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Criticize Their Moms

While their behavior hasn’t risen to the level of “attention whore” yet, I, for one, have grown weary of the grandstanding by some members of the Rutgers womens basketball team, and some members of the Duke mens lacrosse team.

In the links below, you will find some research that you can use to help yourself understand such contemporary college students.

imaginary quote: “Now’s your big chance baby, you’re going to be on Oprah!”

student athletes

October 22, 2006

1. Retire the term “student-athlete.”This proposal affirms that athletes are an integral part of the student body. There is no more need to call them student-athletes than there is to call members of the marching band student-band members. The term student-athlete was created by the NCAA in the 1950s to deflect the threat that its newly implemented athletic scholarship policy might lead Workers Compensation Boards to view athletes as paid employees. The words faculty use to refer to athletes should not be determined by the public relations needs of the NCAA. Replacing the term with “student” or “college athlete” in university documents is an action faculty can take immediately.

the church of NCAA

October 22, 2006

U.S. Rep. Bill Thomas (R-Bakersfield) is questioning whether the NCAA, with its $521.1-million annual budget and lucrative television rights package, deserves its tax-exempt status.In a pointed, eight-page letter sent Monday to NCAA President Myles Brand, Thomas suggested that big-time athletic programs might be at odds with the purpose of higher education and might not qualify for tax-exempt status.

This year, Gary Roberts, director of the Tulane University Sports Law program and the school’s NCAA representative, described the political power of college sports as “unbelievable” and football and basketball as “a religion” among many fans.,1,5833729.story

quotes below are from

“Why should the federal government subsidize the athletic activities of educational institutions when that subsidy is being used to help pay for escalating coaches’ salaries, costly chartered travel, and state-of-the-art athletic facilities?”

What benefit does the NCAA provide taxpayers in exchange for its tax exemption?

Is added educational benefit derived from participation in expensive Division I-A sports, particularly football and men’s basketball, as compared to sports in other divisions or intramural athletics?

How has the transformation of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament into “commercial entertainment” (a reference to CBS’s agreement to pay the NCAA an average of $545-million per year for broadcasting rights) furthered the educational purpose of the NCAA and its member institutions?

What percentage of NCAA revenue is spent by member institutions on solely academic matters?

The letter is strongly worded. For example, Representative Thomas writes that “corporate sponsorships, multimillion-dollar television deals, highly paid coaches with no academic duties, and the dedication of inordinate amounts of time by athletes to training lead many to believe that major college football and men’s basketball more closely resemble professional sports than amateur sports.”