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  •  One key difference: the thousands of (11+ / 0-)

    kids who'd be thrilled to trade places with the college football players.

    Even ignoring the many perks that the athletes receive while in school (not the least of which is an education many Americans could never afford), they're also showcased for professional careers in the NFL and other leagues.

    That feels like "opportunity" rather than "slavery" to me.

    Those who do not understand history are condemned to repeat it... in summer school.

    by cassandracarolina on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 03:03:19 PM PST

    •  While you pretty much need to go thru college (7+ / 0-)

      sports to make it into the big leagues it's a myth that it's some form of opportunity. Take football as an example. There are 30 teams with a roster of ~50 players. The average NFL career is about 5 years so the turn over rate is roughly 300 players per year. There are ~250 NCAA 1-A/1-AA and over 600 schools with programs. What that means is that even if you get into college football, unless you get into one of a few top rated "football" schools, you have about a 0.1% chance of the "opportunity" to make it in the big leagues. But you still go thru the punishment of slamming your body into other bodies for 4 years without pay. You do mention scholarships and those are a good thing. But should we be using a lottery system to award education or perhaps find a better way to get people into college?

      What's wrong with America? I'll tell you. Everything Romney said was pre-chewed wads of cud from Republicans from the last 30 years and yet he managed thru a combination of racism and selling the (false) hope of riches to get 47% of the national vote.

      by ontheleftcoast on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 03:17:33 PM PST

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    •  Voluntary slavery is an oxymoron. (2+ / 0-)
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      It's not just voluntary, but people actually work their asses off and compete in order to get a college scholarship. I don't think many slaves volunteered for slavery, let alone competed to get into the best plantations.

      And what about those Division III players, playing with no scholarship at all? If a college scholarship is slavery, then surely playing football and paying your own way through college must be super-slavery. They get hit in D-III too.

      If players want to be paid like they are in the pros, they should expect to be treated like they are in the pros. In the pros, drop one too many passes, and you can be gone the next day. In college, you just get benched.

      I fully support the professional leagues starting a minor league system like baseball has. That way, people could choose what sort of compensation they wanted. If they wanted the college scholarship, they could have it. Of if they wanted to play in the minor leagues, they could have the luxury lifestyle that a minor league baseball player enjoys.

      The wolfpack eats venison. The lone wolf eats mice.

      by A Citizen on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 03:52:43 PM PST

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