Envy and jealousy: it’s about the players edition

Now I realize that “check out the hypocrisy of college athletics!” articles are a dime a dozen these days, but damn, this one’s really well written.  This line in particular just about made me swoon:

In 2011, Slive — a man whose joy-evoking athletic talent has never inspired a single jersey purchase, let alone a lucrative television rights bidding war — reportedly received nearly $1.6 million in compensation from a conference that is considered a non-profit organization by the Internal Revenue Service.

I only wish there’d been some way to fit a Michael Adams reference in there somewhere.

If you’re jonesing for a heavy dose of sarcasm this morning, go no further.

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6 responses to “Envy and jealousy: it’s about the players edition

  1. This should be required reading for everyone who wants to state an informed opinion on the matter…and for all high school student athletes.

  2. Dog in Fla

    “The NCAA was founded in 1906 to protect young people from the dangerous and exploitive athletics practices of the time.”

    http://www.ncaa.org/wps/wcm/connect/public/NCAA/About+the+NCAA/History

    Universities now use The NCAA front group to protect themselves from using student-athletes in dangerous and exploitive practices for not for profit purposes, “Giving our kids the chance to get the minimum!” if only the chance not been stalled at the NCAA grifting level because The NCAA Corporate Champions and Partners would not have it any other way.

    This process may be best exemplified by a NSFW depiction of bartering student-athletes for money and how vigorish the racket is protected in the syndicate of continuing amateur enterprise media rights negotiations

  3. 69Dawg

    The absolutely mind boggling part of the article is the fact that the school does not have to carry health insurance on the players. I guess some NCAA lawyer feels that if you actually let them have regular health insurance then Workers’ Comp could be mandatory. I think after reading this article I’ll go take a shower, what a dirty, ugly sport I love.