Debating college sports Part 2

This is part two of my IM conversation with a contributor to this blog. We had an over 12,000 word chat in less than a half hour and I decided to post our conversation in parts and hopefully spark more of a debate and more ideas. Here is part 1.

Real Facts and Beer: I guess I’m trying to get into some larger questions here. One of them is what is the point of college athletics? What is the deal with this BS of student-athletes? And probably most perplexing, hardest and most interesting question: how do we “fix” this?

Contributor: ha fix? not possible. no one wants to pay them like professional athletes but everyone agrees that getting paid nothing is kinda ridiculous considering how much money they make for other institutions
college athetlics is our delisional idea of pure athletics, no money just pride and love of the game. and we can all watch it unlike high school sports. or it is at least at a higher level
I think we will always stay in the middle ground b/c we dont want to make them professionals, thats what professional sports is for

Real Facts and Beer: Here is what I think the major problem with paying them is: only 22 programs are making money and you really only have two money sports (Football and Men’s Basketball). What happens to tittle IX if you only pay those kids? If you have to pay all the student-athletes the same then you have the same problems now
I say we let students go pro right when they turn 18

Contributor: we can’t. i had this talk today
you want 18 year olds getting killed in the NFL?
here is why college sports are also important

Real Facts and Beer: Nobody would draft them in football

Contributor: say a kid is a big star in high school. big deal. who are they playing? let them go to a big program and really be challenged so you can see how good they really are. they can leave after 1 year of NCAA basketball. look at Kentucky’s program. that’s what they do. NFL needs time for them to bulk up and learn something more complicated then simple man-to-man or run left/right or throw slant or post

Real Facts and Beer: So they aren’t getting an education, possibly ruining their professional careers (if they get hurt in college) and wasting a scholarship/space

Contributor: or how many of them will truely be successful enough in professional sports to keep living w/o a better education. at least let them start a degree to go back to after their sport’s career is done. but then again i’m a big supporter of going (and most the time finishing) college

Real Facts and Beer: So how is a year of not going to classes helping them? How is majoring in underwater basket weaving helping? In the big sports they are there to play and not go to class — in fact often academics are dumbed down for them.
Does spending a year only hanging out with your teammates and not going to class help anyone?

Contributor: hey communications majors are useful. better than what LSU players majored in back in the 70’s: general studies
no but they are playing for their school so they should be a part of the school and go to class.
education can’t hurt
it can do nothing or help
generally hlep

Real Facts and Beer: Or ruin your career if you get hurt (or lower your earning potential if you don’t play as well people think you should)

Contributor: whats 1-2 million really overall

We’ll end Part 2. I would like to thank you for sludging through this typo ridden conversation. I would have edited it but wanted to keep the conversation authentic. The grammar mistakes, spelling mistakes and typos have a lot more to do with beer than real facts.

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~ by realfactsandbeer on November 28, 2012.

One Response to “Debating college sports Part 2”

  1. […] I sort of forgot about this. This is part three of my IM conversation with a contributor to this blog. We had an over 12,000 word chat in less than a half hour and I decided to post our conversation in parts and hopefully spark more of a debate and more ideas. Here is part 1 and here is part 2. […]

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