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  •  It might be better to (7+ / 0-)

    recognize the programs for the commercial enterprises they have become and let universities charge them licensing fees for identifying with the university. If the programs don't already own the "intellectual property" themselves already, that is. That way they would be free to become even richer, pay the athletes fairly for their roles as stars, and not bother the athletes with academic requirements. Athletes who would like an education would be able to pay their own ways through school easily under such an arrangement, I hope.

    Moderation in most things.

    by billmosby on Thu Jul 12, 2012 at 08:44:32 AM PDT

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    •  It could be a better system! (2+ / 0-)
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      especially for the athletes, but I don't really like the notion of giving up on the amateur ideal just because most oer schools at fail the academic aide and Paterno failed at some very basic decency.  Just saying it seems Quixotic, as the money seems to be the corruption factor.  Still, Paterno's other legacy is using football money to serve the larger university, but that's increasingly rare.  The notion that Bobby Bowden has a smile on his face today infuriates me.

      Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.

      by Loge on Thu Jul 12, 2012 at 08:53:45 AM PDT

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      •  The amateur ideals should still have plenty of (3+ / 0-)
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        room, and if the Universities were smart about harvesting funds from their affiliated commercial sports enterprises, maybe the amateur programs could end up better off.

        The football programs long ago gave up on their own amateur ideals, it seems to me. That's one small part of the reason I stopped going to Michigan (U of M) games in 1968. A more pressing reason was the need to work 30 hours a week in the dorm cafeteria to put myself through school, leaving no time for sports. Remarkably, one could pay out of state tuition and all other costs of attending that institution working 20 to 30 hours a week at $2.25 an hour back then (with a little help from a summer job). Believe it or not.

        Moderation in most things.

        by billmosby on Thu Jul 12, 2012 at 09:12:25 AM PDT

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