Drew’s Morning Dish — Wed., August 7

August 07, 2013 | Drew Forrester

And that, among other things, is why you don’t just say something dumb like:  “the schools are making a boatload of money off of those athletes…they should get a piece of it.”

Maybe they should “get a piece”.

If, however, we decide to let them share in the “profit”, wouldn’t it be natural then to ask them to also contribute to the expenses of running the athletic department?

Or is that too much to ask of them?

Perhaps Johnny Manziel should have to fork over $43.19 a month to pay for his pro-rata portion of the health coverage all the student athletes are given as part of his “deal” as a scholarshiped-product.

Maybe the star forward on the women’s basketball team should be forced to sell a $25,000 sponsorship for arena signage and radio advertising so her team’s games can be aired on the local radio station.  She would, of course, receive a 12.5% commission on that sale, just like the marketing director would get if he/she made the same sale.

I have an idea:  Let’s just keep it the way it is now…which is to reward premium, high-level athletes with free or reduced education and housing in exchange for the privilege of allowing them to play collegiate sports and represent their school.

By the way, is that “privilege” also hard work?  Yes, it is.  Long hours on the practice field?  You bet.  Tough SOB’s as bosses?  Sure thing.  Is the mixture of academics and athletics nearly a 24/7 job?  Yes.

Oops…I almost forgot to ask:  Has a school ever held a gun to a kid’s head and demanded he or she play football, basketball, soccer, baseball, etc. for the school they’re attending?  Of course not.

That concept of “leave it the way it is right now” seems to work well for the 95% or so who graciously accept what they get and vow to follow the rules because they have personal accountability and integrity.  The 95% deserve a free or reduced cost education because they are, in fact, solid representatives of the institution they represent.

The 5% who break the rules – like Johnny Manziel – deserve to do what you, me and the rest of the great unwashed do…watch the games from the stands or in front of the TV set.



10 Comments For This Post

  1. Craig from Abingdon Says:

    Heard a great quote last night, ” College is for LEARNING how to make money, not making money” All that kid had to do is keep his nose clean and he would have all the endorsement contracts and a top pick in the NFL. Now he’ll be lucky if he can get a back-up job for the Toronto Argonauts or a arena team, it’s a shame really…

  2. Ruben Says:

    I pretty much agree with 97% of what you posted. My gripe is medical coverage after the student athlete’s eligibility is up. As I understand the rules, if a kid suffers a crippling injury playing or praticing his/her sport, the school picks up his health costs while he/she is eligible. Once that’s done, the former athlete is on their own since workman comp does not apply. If the injury is severe enough and the kid is eligible for SSI, that is he is unable to be gainfully employed because of his injury, he then is eligible for Medicaid. Which means the taxpayers ultimately foot the medical bill for the rest of his life.

  3. Steve from Sandpoint Says:

    Put a fork in this kid, he’s done. And no, speed cameras are not right & either is 3.70 for a gallon of gas, unbelievable !!!

  4. Jason Manelli Says:

    What a dummy. Speaking as someone who worked part time while in college full time and is still paying back student loans 10 years later and will be for the foreseeable future, Manziel you don’t know what you’ve got, until it’s gone! If someone gave me a full scholarship I would make damn sure my actions wouldn’t cause it to be taken back. You live on campus, all food, medical and housing is covered, you’re the BMOC bagging all the quail you can handle, who needs money?!

  5. Kolo Jezdec Says:

    Cry me a river about schools making money from athletes. These athletes are getting a ‘free’ education, costing more than $100,000 at some schools, plus health care and etc. And they have to work hard at practice and staying in shape? Boo Hoo! If these athletes don’t like the deal (and the rules), do what thousands of people do – pay your own way to college, working 35 hours or more per week to pay for it, with no health insurance, and likely graduate deep in debt. Then in 25 years or so, you can happily and gratefully (gratefully because you are successful enough to do so) work your butt off to help pay for your own kids’ college education because you did not have the foresight to give birth to children who possess enough natural athletic ability to get a scholarship. Of course, you will also learn to appreciate the value of hard work and education and what it takes to be successful, instead of being born on 3rd base and thinking you hit a single and stole 2 bases to get there.

    The only ‘punishment’ Manziel is likely to experience is being forced to sit around until May 2014 when some NFL team will draft him and make him a millionaire.

    As for valid speed camera tickets, a voluntary tax, IMO.

  6. pgavin Says:

    Spot on. The rules that are in place in the NCAA are NOT the question. They(the rules) exist in a world that, in reality are not even close to what college sports are today. Money has corrupted the whole process. Football and Basketball are the minor leagues for their two sports…and certainly are played in a professional way.

    930pm games on a school night? Traveling across country on a charter? Luxury Hotels on the road? Special training tables? Sure seems like a professional team and NOT college students. The whole thing is a joke. Add the fact that questionable “student athletes” with criminal histories are let loose on college campuses. A parent would have to think twice sending their child to one of these big schools where criminality runs amok (and as we have seen, covered up).

    It is a runaway train and it is odd that Johnny M. was outed. He must have made someone angry at Texas A&M. I guess He was a “MINING” major as he was trying to mine some gold.

  7. Gil From Perry Hall Says:

    I disagree that “The School” as the sole answer to the questions, especially as it relates to who pays. Having been a parent of many college students, when I see a bill which contains a greater than $150 athletic fee assessed EACH semester, I have a hard time saying it is the school that pays. When you consider a school of 20,000 students, that equates to $6,000,000 on an annual basis. It may not be the majority of the revenue or major

  8. Gil From Perry Hall Says:

    or majority of the expense, but it ain’t chicken feed.

  9. BK Says:

    The schools pay for it, but only with the money the athletes made for the school in huge TV contracts, endorsements, merchandising, etc. So who is ‘really’ paying for it? It ain’t the school brother, that is for sure. They are only the check endorser.

    Regardless of that, Manziel is an absolute idiot. I don’t like half the rules our corrupted national and local government makes, but we abide by them the best we can. That is all Manziel had to do for one more year. Bitch about the rules all you want, just follow them for now and you are set for life.

  10. Dan Says:

    Sheesh , I got the darn quiz wrong , I was sure it was the State taxpayers who paid all those expenses . The taxpayers and the MENS Sports Programs . I thought that was where the money came from .

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