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  •  I guess I'm a bit more sentimental. (13+ / 0-)

    There is nothing like being in a college town on game day.  There's a community level electricity that is unlike anything else.

    The kids on the field are not making mega-millions.  They won't be traded away next year, although some of them may graduate, a few may go pro.

    You know the kids in the band, the cheerleaders, the kids selling concessions to earn some extra money for books and room and board...  

    Alumni fight for tickets and come from miles away to tailgate in the parking lot and relieve, what for many could have been the best days of their lives.

    I went to a state university that didn't have a football program.  We did have a basketball team that inconceivably managed to make its way into the NCAA championships and for 8 weeks in the lead-up to and during our rounds, I became part of a bigger whole in a way I had never experienced before.  My fellow students in this rather large, sprawling, urban university, were not strangers anymore.  We would openly talk with each other about the last game, the latest projections, the analysis in the morning sports page.

    Sports can be a unifying activity.  Its one of the few positive, unifying activities a university can have.  We had a few others....controversial professors, on-campus shootings.... I'd take those eight weeks one late winter into early spring over any of those.

    •  Right. (6+ / 0-)

      Those are some of the virtues of collegiate sports.  Then you have the dark side.  (Even setting aside this scandal) wherein, the sport becomes the major force on the campus.  It loses the charm and becomes fanaticism.  

      "You have attributed conditions to villainy that simply result from stupidity"

      by newfie on Tue Jul 17, 2012 at 09:25:03 AM PDT

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      •  And that is being accelerated... (5+ / 0-)
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        by networks like ESPN who come into town throwing dollar bills from their truck only to see more than happy college presidents rushing into the street stuffing their pockets.

        "We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both." - Louis D. Brandeis

        by VA6thDem on Tue Jul 17, 2012 at 09:51:35 AM PDT

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        •  Blame TIVO (3+ / 0-)
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          I'm serious.

          The rights fees for all sports, college and pro, have soared in recent years because sports is the one thing that people, generally, don't TIVO. Which means they don't skip the commercials. Which means advertisers want to put their spots into sporting events. Which means TV networks throwing dollars at the NFL, MLB....and the NCAA.

          TIVO made sports the most valuable commodity on TV.

          "Maybe: it's a vicious little word that could slay me"--Sara Bareilles

          by ChurchofBruce on Tue Jul 17, 2012 at 10:16:27 AM PDT

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        •  It's become a national sickness (6+ / 0-)

          Collegiate and professional sports have become a huge net negative for society.

          People invest enormous amounts of time and effort into watching something that at the end of the day is a complete dead end.

          So your team wins it all. Whopee. A day later, has your life changed for the better?

          As kids, it's different. You participate if you can, you're part of a team, if you're lucky you learn some life lessons and have some fun.

          But this obsession that the nation has with the outcomes of so many irrelevant games has become a dangerous sickness. The flip side of this coin is the reality show phenomenon, which may be even more idiotic. At least athletes work hard and have some discernible talent. What does a reality show participant bring to the table for the average viewer? I just don't get it.

          I've participated in sports my whole life, played baseball at a high school level, been a fan forever of professional and my college teams.  

          After this scandal, I truly regret a lot of the time spent. Even before it happened, I had been steadily drifting away from it, but this was the last straw.

          I'm done with it.

          "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!"

          by jkay on Tue Jul 17, 2012 at 10:39:06 AM PDT

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      •  Another dark side (2+ / 0-)
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        is that football often leads to cumulative, permanent brain damage, beginning in high school and continuing through pro football.  A great deal of research is being done on this right now.  How wholesome! (snark, of course)

        Furthermore, it involves a culture that promotes "taking out" the other guy, complete with bounties for doing so at the pro level.

    •  You are right here with this remark .... (3+ / 0-)
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      The kids on the field are not making mega-millions.
      The University, the NCAA, the broadcasters, the hangers-on, they are the one's making the mega-millions, as they use the spectacle of professional football  (and basketball) to utterly corrupt the college process.  The people on the field are nothing more than unpaid professional athletes who hold a privileged position in the institutions they attend.  They do get special treatment, even at Penn State, where it seems that Coach Paterno intervened to see that his players suffered very little sanction after they were involved in an off campus fight some years ago.  

      As long as the unholy alliance of big money and big time professional sports are allowed on college campuses, these problems will continue.  

      And it feels like I'm livin'in the wasteland of the free ~ Iris DeMent, 1996

      by MrJersey on Tue Jul 17, 2012 at 10:45:56 AM PDT

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