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  •  I like that idea... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...only I don't want the universities to own the teams.

    Only a very few college football programs actually make money; the rest would lose money at the same level as they currently do, meaning that we'd still have tuition-paying students and state taxpayers paying the NBA and NFL's player development costs.

    In baseball and hockey, the professional teams pay for their own minor-league development systems. (Yes, some players in those sports come out of college programs and foreign leagues too, but even they tend to spend time in the pro minors before making the big leagues.) Why should football and basketball be allowed to foist the costs of player development on tuition-paying college students and state taxpayers, rather than footing the bill themselves?

    "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

    by JamesGG on Mon Dec 02, 2013 at 12:18:49 PM PST

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    •  Actually >50% (68/120) profit from football (0+ / 0-)

      And I would guess that the lion's share of NFL players went through these programs.

      Other college sports tend to lose money, though basketball is profitable for many schools. Combining all sports, only 14/120 football schools made a profit, so the football program profits subsidize the other programs.

      Disclaimer: If the above comment can possibly be construed as snark, it probably is.

      by grubber on Mon Dec 02, 2013 at 02:24:42 PM PST

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