“The BCS isn’t about money.”

I could easily devote a thousand words to Andy Staples’ latest bout of silliness, but suffice it to say that in the wake of the tsunamis that have crashed against the business shore of college athletics in the last 12-18 months – the rapid increase in television moneys, the accompanying increase in coaching salaries, the expansion of March Madness and, of course, the recent bout of conference realignment – anyone complaining that power is an end and not a means for the suits running college sports while simultaneously extolling the virtues of Joe Barton, Orrin Hatch and Obama’s Justice Department (for each of whom political power is an end) has some serious issues with impartiality.

And the irony of this quote

Barton was trying to make a Constitutional point — that the executive branch didn’t have the power to coerce a private business to make such a payment…

shouldn’t be lost on anyone.  I hope Jim Delany gets to toss that back in Barton’s face at a hearing one day.


Filed under BCS/Playoffs, Media Punditry/Foibles, Political Wankery

3 responses to ““The BCS isn’t about money.”

  1. Silver Creek Dawg

    I agree with you about Barton’s hypocrisy.

    He’s absolutely right when it comes to BP and absolutely wrong when it comes to CFB.


  2. dboy

    What I find intriguing is the entrepreneurial nature of big time CFB programs, raking in money in the multi-millions while paying the players nothing. Oh, and these are typically government run institutions (state schools).

    It is such a strange intersection of interests between big business, higher education, and government…not to mention ethics: How do we justify not paying student athletes now that studies are confirming that playing competitive football has lifetime impacts on players’ health, especially neuro-cognitive effects. Beyond severe joint problems, things such as early dementia, (Alzheimer’s like syndromes with onset in players’ 40’s -50’s) have been confirmed in NFL veterans. I would venture to guess there are college athletes that have similar sequelae. Is a free ride through college via 4 year scholarship enough?