When I thought about what to chat about here today a few things passed through my mind. But there's only one that I think we all can relate to, paying college athletes. How can we all relate to it? Most of us were probably college students at some point. A lot of us probably paid for it ourselves, or are still paying for it, and I'm sure we all wish someone would have just handed us $5000 a year for clothes and transportation. Are you kidding me? Five thousand dollars? Whoah.
Two articles this week popped up on my ESPN app on this topic. For whatever reason I can't find the first article so I can't quote it properly, but I'll do my best. This whole topic started with the Big Ten, commissioner Jim Delaney
is the one who brought it to the table. It was said that 40 years ago the student athlete got a scholarship and $15 a month to do laundary, and now something has to change. (That was the part I'm not quoting the quote.) But is $5000 dollars really necessary? I have an idea, take the $15 add inflation and put it on a laundary card. Why do football players need an allowance for new clothes? I'm calling out football players because the articles claim that this is what it's centered
on. (Big Ten plus paying players makes me wonder if this is being done in an effort to save Ohio States butt).
I'm so sick of hearing about the revenue student-athletes bring. When you go to a high school game do you buy concessions? Do you pay for your ticket? Do you participate in the 50/50 drawing? Does the profit of the night get divided up among the high school kids? I never got paid. I know we are talking about much higher revenue in the NCAA but it's the principle of the matter.
Oh and don't even get me started on the supposed trials and tribulations of the college student. We've all been there. I never was handed money for clothes. A lot of these athletes say they come from poor backgrounds, they need the extra cash. Well you know what, I was poor too. You know what I got? Work study. Yep the school recognized me as being poor and gave me a job. Not $5000.
When did the world start teaching their kids to be so greedy. When did getting handed a $100,000 education become not enough? Oh, I know when. When you actually had to go four years. When
you realized you actually have to go to class. Once you start paying student-athletes it's never going to end. Next the cost of living is going to rise and they will need a raise. Next the freshmen will say dorm rooms are too small, they need a suite. There's a term for all this whining it's called the diva professional athlete.
As most of you may know I love the Big Ten more than most people love their kids, but this is disgusting. Once you pay a guy to play he loses a piece of his heart. Now I'm all fired up maybe I should have just posted about "Dancing with the Stars". (Go Hines!)
What are your thoughts on paying college athletes?