Sunday, October 12, 2014

A step toward reducing exploitation of the TV sports college athletes

Athletics at Berkeley update
// The Reality-Based Community

At all schools, the scholarship athletes should have an option: play sports and study at the same time, or play sports first (only) and then have a lifetime right to return for the education promised to them when their sports eligibility is done, with full entitlement to all the same tutoring and support (paid for by the sports programs) that they would have received if trying to do both at once.

The quid pro quo -- your sports skills in return for a seat at the university -- must not be structured in a way that lets the buyer schools get full value while short changing the sellers of their skills. Making young athletes compete in intercollegiate sports is almost a guaranteed ripoff for 99% of them academically.

In addition to unions, college athletes should demand the right to take their reward when its value is not diminished by the insatiable demands of what is actually a wildly exploitive, unpaid pro sports league system (in all but name).

"Let's live on the planet as if we intend to stay."

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