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  •  really--just what IS it with sports in this (7+ / 0-)

    country?  I just don't understand why this seems to take precedence over so many things.  

    If the plutocrats begin the program, we will end it. -- Eugene Debs.

    by livjack on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 07:23:21 PM PST

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    •  Panem et circenses. (10+ / 0-)

      Only the Republicans want to take the bread out of the mouths of as many Americans as possible.

    •  We are about the only country which melds (5+ / 0-)
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      big  time,sports with colleges. Even in such sports crazy places as OZ sports are not embedded in the university system, but rather independent clubs based in the community. Keeps the costs down for all and provides more opportunity for both groups. I.e. athletes don't have to pretend they are students and students don't have to support athletics.

      But the answer to why is money. So many Podunk towns such as State College and Manhattan, KS would be nothing without the bucks athulediks brings in.

      If... the machine of government... is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law. ~Henry David Thoreau, On the Duty of Civil Disobediance, 1849

      by shigeru on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 07:31:12 PM PST

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    •  not about sports, it's TV contracts /nt (1+ / 0-)
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      yksitoista ulotteinen presidentin shakki. / tappaa kaikki natsit "Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) 政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

      by annieli on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 08:58:54 PM PST

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      •  Most colleges get no TV contracts (1+ / 0-)
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        and no money from this source. As I said, you're talking about a few dozen schools. What about the rest?

        Jon Husted is a dick.

        by anastasia p on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 10:00:33 PM PST

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        •  more than a few dozen and it's about conferences (2+ / 0-)
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          of D-I schools that are also big land-grant research schools  operating as cartels facilitated by the NCAA

          yksitoista ulotteinen presidentin shakki. / tappaa kaikki natsit "Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) 政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

          by annieli on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 10:08:56 PM PST

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      •  Colleges are no longer (2+ / 0-)
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        institutes of learning, they are money generating corporations.

        There are no jobs for professors because of cuts, and adjunct professors make less than McDonald's manager.

        Tenure and the 'ivory tower' gave us the technology for the internet, the cure for polio, the transistor, and endless things that make our lives better.

        But that takes thinking and a willingness to make mistakes on the path to success.

        The business model does not work for not-for-profit institutions like government, school and hospitals.  

        They are core functions that are critical to national survival.

        The drive to piratize those and other government functions are a large part of what destroyed the middle class. There are things which should not be judged by how much money they make.  

        Our children will envy the rest of the world, because we sold our heritage for a few grubby dollars and a sports team.

        Jesus died to save you from Yahweh.

        by nolagrl on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 12:52:54 PM PST

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        •  as in all things it's about leadership writ large (0+ / 0-)

          yksitoista ulotteinen presidentin shakki. / tappaa kaikki natsit "Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) 政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

          by annieli on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 01:00:46 PM PST

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    •  what is it with sports? (1+ / 0-)
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      MONEY

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