The funniest part of this article is that it attacks Pete Carroll and Lane Kiffin. Besides that it's a bit of a stretch. IMO
i refuse to even consider this a possibility
The funniest part of this article is that it attacks Pete Carroll and Lane Kiffin. Besides that it's a bit of a stretch. IMO
Man, with that reaction, you'd think he was talking about 9/11.
I love the fact that he equates Reggie Bush's loss of a Heisman with a slave being dragged back to the plantation. I'm pretty sure Bush is sitting pretty with his multi-million dollar net worth.
did you not learn from D-wade?
Of course I did! He taught me everything I know about calling on 9/11 as an analogy.
1. Just because a situation is exploitative, or has the capacity to be exploitative, it does not mean that it is slavery or analogous to slavery. In employment, education, and most kind of relationships, there is a give-and-take.
2. For the argument that a "free college education" may not be the preferred compensation of a college athlete, Whitlock could have said that in a better way. As someone who worked two part-time jobs to attend Michigan, I would have preferred a "free college education" as my compensation instead of an hourly salary (because I was barely able to make ends meet). For someone who can sell millions of jerseys, they might want a different compensation arrangement, but everyone knows the rules before you start working and before you get your first paycheck/tuition bill covered.
3. If players are being paid on the side, as Reggie Bush is alleged to have received improper benefits, then he would be getting paid both in college and in the pros and was not financially exploited. Therefore, the Whitlock analogy is particularly ill-suited. If the allegations are true, then Bush wasn't financially exploited, but was arguably paid what the market would bear for his services. Again, if the Bush allegations were/are true, then it's possibile that Bush received the full economic benefit of his "share" of USC's success.
4. If the argument is that Bush should be allowed to keep alleged improper benefits, his pro salary, and the MORAL HIGH GROUND, that's where I take issue. Just because someone avoids being economically exploited, it does not necessarily follow that they are a great person or should be given a free pass for not following the rules, when some of his competitors voluntarily or involuntarily followed the rules.
5. From a practical perspective, the only reason some of these players get "caught" is that they are not particularly discreet. As such, the embarassment of media and NCAA scrutiny is a tax on the most indiscreet of those individuals. A lack of discretion or foresight is the player's own responsibility.
6. If the argument is that players should be able to collect a free college education, money on the side, and then be indignant when it is later exposed (at least by the NCAA) that they did not allegedly follow the rules, then I just don't get it.
that as soon as I read the title of the thread I knew it had to be a Whitlock piece?
Whether or not she is Asian, she does know what a shocker is, so she is ok in my book
I guess a free world-class education in some of the greatest American universities don't count as payment. What a dumb-ass.
NO! A $100,000 education does not make up for unpaid reparations!
200k for out of state :)
Whitlock mentions that, but then dismisses it because they players are "not prepared" to use the degree. How inane is that counter-argument.
Also, he says that the money goes to other "welfare" sports, but those other atheletes don't share anything in common with BB anf FB players. Is he trying to make some kind of point with that? Is he saying that if they "hung out together" then the money going to other sports would be justified?
a $100K-$200K education that they have the potential to use (just like any other student), public adoration, a world of business connections and lifelong noteriety, chance to play in the NFL, etc... Sounds pretty good.
On the other hand, aside from the top schools, many programs face money problems just paying to host a football team. Does Whitlock think its okay for Eastern Michigan to not pay their players since they are not getting big money, but think Michigan should? Is he talking about a profit-sharing plan with high-school kids?
And speaking of high school, why not cut them in on the action in the bigger states like Texas? Hell, maybe middle-school kids pull money into schools too. (Who cares about child-labor laws.)
The article is complete and utter sensationalism without factual support or a well-thought out approach.
Please see MGrad's comment on the Rittenberg article.
"Bit of a stretch" was half sarcasm. To be fair, I think college athletes should be paid pennies out of whatever profits are made, However I highly doubt Kunta Kinte (pretending he was a real person) would ever have the chance of dating such a high profile hottie as Kim Kardashian while making millions for being a meh NFL player. I think we can assume the same for Toby Reynolds.
Rittenberg's article was about UM's Key Stretch. MGrad made a funny comment relating this "Key Stretch" to 'Stretching" re: violations.
I was just having a little pun.
Sorry I should have understood that the first time around.
I wonder about the multi-millionaire-athletes-as-slaves meme. It's a disservice to discussion on race and pretty damn insulting to what the slaves went through.
You're right. It's pure hyperbole and it takes away from any real discussion that could be had about both race and money in college sports
so, does this mean we have to get rid of the rest of our sports and only keep football and basketball because they are dominated by black people?
Not at all, Norfolk Wolverine. Whitlock's point there is simply that the cash cows of college athletics support the non-cash cows. Basketball and football -- sports generally dominated by black athletes -- happen to be the cash cows. Not sure if many would argue with that reality. But he doesn't suggest that reality is cause to x those other sports.
Basketball and football are only cash cows because of the university. Without the university they would be second rate development leagues struggling to fill up high school stadiums.
When people write these articles they always ignore that the institution > players wrt the popularity of the team and the money made.
While I think he goes out on a few limbs with his analogies, I understand and agree with several of the points to be taken from Whitlock and Byers. I think this blog, and others like it, example the machine that is college athletics. This blog is comprised of diehard fans that are willing to spend money to support their teams, coaches, players and hell, potential players (ie. recruits). We know where the millions in revenues and profits go.
The pimps are ruining the game.
Whitlock does realize that white players don't get to cash in either, right? Bush knew the rules and he broke them because he was too greedy to wait to get paid. I was at SC at the same time he was and I don't remember anyone chaining him to the hull of an old sailboat and dragging him to campus or threatening him with violence if he didn't play football.
Comparing pampered college athletes who freely choose to trade their physical skills for a free education, room/board, and the exposure that college football provides, with slaves is completely fucking ridiculous.
Agreed Purple Stuff. The clearer analogy would be that labor of colleage athletes bears fruit for the NCAA and member institutions the same way slave masters benefitted from the labor of slaves. You could further make the argument that the sufficiency of college tuition as payment for college athletes is equivalent to the slave master providing room and board to his slaves.
You make a college degree sound like some minor pittance. If taken seriously, and capitalized on, it can have a major impact on the future quality of life of the individual. It's a shame that so many college athletes don't seem to realize the possible value that education holds.
That wasn't my intention. I value education. Education opens doors. But is the "possible value" of a college degree comparable to the millions made? The issue is not one of no value received but of how much value. Take Charles Woodson for instance. Can we say that the value of his degree was fair in light of the money made off of his services?
No, but its value is > 0, and the students are not being murdered and held against their will. If they don't want the free education because they feel used, they can, *GASP* not play.
When you look at the number of players involved, value each provides/receives, I agree it becomes an abstract and difficult thing to quantify.
Let's look at the concept in a non-athletic light. During college I worked an internship without pay. In fact, since I had to get credit for it, I was paying to do it. However, it was a connection from my supervisor there that landed me a very good job once I graduated. Was I a slave under this Whitlock construct? In my mind I was paying my dues. I'd rather have payed those dues playing a game I enjoy.
So I am not too sure why people are negging you. I disagree on that point though as a very large percent of all college athletes provide no financial value to the school, but cost the school a scholarship and living expenses.
For every Charles Woodson there are 4 third stringers who will never see meaningful playing time. So yes, some athletes (Chuck and Bush) in theory are getting screwed out of millions, but there are dozens on every team who are getting $100K worth of education + living expenses and providing $0 in return to the athletic department.
You cant make the superstar argument without looking at the entire 85 man scholarship roster IMHO.
JBrose49, lol, that's the way things work here. Like you, I try to understand a person's position/argument even if I don't agree...
But your point about third stringers vs. superstars is exactly why the argument is so difficult to make. Really, the value to the institution for third stringers is the contribution they make through star players. The third stringers give their services to ensure that the star players have bodies to practice against. Third stringers may also add value through injecting a competitive spirit in other teammates, despite their lack of 5-star talent. Otherwise, the value may come through each player's contribution to the school's brand.
Are you saying players get paid a portion of what they bring in? If 99% of the team doesn't make the NFL, then they shouldn't get paid becuase they got enough from the value of their degree? The stars should get paid because they bring in so much more than their degree is worth?
Let's make it all merit-based then.... and kids who don't bring in enough cash to cover their degree have to PAY BACK the university (unless, according to Whitlock, they hang out with the star players).
Wow, how F*&%ed up is that idea of fair?
PeterKlima, I definitely wouldn't make that argument. It would be impossible to assess what each individual player brings in. Your second point ignores the fact that a good player at the college level -- someone who brings value to his team and university -- could be overlooked by the NFL. Making the NFL is not a measure of a player’s value at the college level. I presented the Woodson example only to make the point that a player's financial contribution to a school can exceed the value of the school's contribution to the player by way of tuition, etc.
I honestly don't know the answers to whether college athletes should be paid and, if so, how much. A potential answer is to allot a certain percentage of profits to stipends for student-athletes. The amount each football player could receive could be determined by giving a certain amount for each game started and/or percentage of plays played. Such a formula would give starters a higher stipend than third stringers. However, I would be sure to give all players a stipend for the reasons stated in my above post (i.e. value added through star players, etc.).
Hell, another answer is to allow players to take money from whoever offers it as long as taking the money doesn't compromise the outcome of the game.
That's Title IX calling.
For me there is zero equivalency between forced-at-gunpoint slave labor and the free exchange that happens in college sports. A more fitting analogy would be that the athlete's labor bears fruit in the same way any employee's labor does for his employer. Whether or not Whitlock feels it is a fair exchange (you could argue tons of workers who aren't slaves are underpaid) the fact remains that kids aren't hesitating to take the deal (and if they didn't the line to take their place would be enormous).
Whitlock's delivery is not the best way of stating his case, but I think that his message was to call out the hypocracy that the coaches are not being held to the same principles as the athletes. There isn't a reason IMO to make a correlation to slaves and slave masters. When he said that some of these athletes aren't prepared to utilize the degrees that they receive, he wasn't lying. Countless athletes from all schools have thrown away their life and not used the education that they received. Not to mention the fact that some of these kids are taking classes that won't get them anywhere. They are just taking these classes just to get by.
Looks like he's suffering...
... is that people who are voluntarily in a position where they are underpaid (just a $100K tuition) are slaves?
Are we all slaves?
They certainly were "used" by their institutions. I just don't see this being racial. I am pretty sure college football stadiums were full in the early 60's when most teams fielded a very large majority of their teams (skill positions included) with white players. the gate revenues were big then, I know there weren't big tv contracts, but money was being made.
But then again, what do I know?
Edit: Is he saying that ALL revenue sports athletes are analagous to slaves? I dunno, but I found some stats below online that may be of interest:
As of 2008, 46% of D1 football players were white and 46% were black...
As of 2008 35% of NFL players were white (so in a very routine stat analysis - based on this a black athlete is about 20% more likely to get in the NFL than a white athlete so they are 20% more likely to be big money makers for the NCAA).
I have no idea if that is relevant, but I found it interesting
You make a great point here. Whitlock completely ignores that the institutions and the history/tradition of college football add a ton of the value to the equation. A good SC team would have generated just as much (or close to it) revenue if Reggie Bush or any other particular player hadn't been on the team. Nobody wants to watch some semi-pro league with guys right out of high school either.
Michigan sold just as many tickets when Nick Sheridan was playing quarterback (a guy who wasn't even getting the scholarship Bush did) as they did when Chad Henne (a guy who could have easily had access to the kind of illicit agent funds Bush took) was playing.
The thing is, it's a Whitlock article. He inserts racial overtones in nearly every article he writes. Not that there's anything wrong with that... it's just that his propensity to overuse the racial theme diminishes the times when race is indeed relevant. The result for me is that I take his stuff with a grain of salt. I wouldn't read it at all, except damn-it-all-to-hell I get too easily sucked in by a good headline. And I do find his stuff frequently entertaining, even if often ridiculous.
This one sentence precisely captures the essense of Whitlock and everything he has ever written.
I wonder if he realizes that he makes his living off of these student athletes as well. I'm sure he wouldn't have a $100k+ job without the student athletes. This is uncle tom calling the kettle black.
Boy am I glad I had mediocre athletic skills and had to pay my way through college. I can't believe that schools give free tuition, room, and, board, and have the nerve to require the student athlete to play a sport he loves, while training in facilities most of us only dream of training in. And not just play it where no one can see him, but with the eyes of millions of fans who will praise him 12 - 14 times a year. On top of this, coaches usually require them to go to class to ensure that they get the degree that is supposed to be in exchange for their skills, as well as provide tutors to help them get the degree.
I say no thanks to this. It sounds horrible. Again, luckily I was able to pay for the tuiton, room, and board without the "help" of the University. And the only time I had play the games I loved was when I signed up for every intramural sport I could. Didn't have to worry about adorring fans there thats for sure. I got off easy.
I'm pretty sure his name was Toby... (joking)
Whitlock has a point about amatuerism. Athletes do get a free college education -- and that's quite valuable -- but those in big-money sports (at least those athletes and maybe others) should get bigger spending-money stipends. It's ridiculous for football teams in the Big Ten, for example, to make $22 million or more a year in TV revenue, tens of millions in ticket revenue and pay coaches millions of dollars a year while players have trouble buying a pizza or a new coat. If scholarship football and basketball players received $1,500 monthly stipends, what's that, per school? Let's say 125 scholarship athletes at 12 months per year = $2.25 million/year, per school. Fund it out of TV receipts and make it based on TV revenues. Womens basketball and mens hockey would get much smaller stipends, based on their smaller TV revenues, other sports even less.
But until the amatuerism rules are changed, Bush and those like him are cheaters. And taking free vehicles and housing for your family should always be cheating.
oh yeah, pooooooor reggie.
you know, he only got tons of illegal (by the rules) benefits for himself and his family. and after college, he only made millions of dollars. yeah poor him.
no, really the people who suffered the most here are the guys on those usc teams who followed the rules, didn't get their parents' house paid for, etc. their hard work has been erased by the selfish actions of one player.
yes, the system needs serious fixing. but that doesnt mean that you can go vigilante and take it into your own hands and do whatever you want. this is exactly what bush did. yeah, if some 2nd string kid who had no chance of an nfl career had accepted some benefits and whatnot, id be a lot more sympathetic towards him. but reggie bush couldnt wait three fucking years until he was in the pros, guaranteed to be rolling in money? it was a selfish move imhe.
What a joke.
I have made this point before but I will make it again. It is my story of the 4 P's
Police - call my home nearly everyday looking for money
Politicians - raise millions of dollars and seek donations anywhere and everywhere.
Preachers - on tv 24/7 begging for money
All these things are within the "rules"
Players - Nope no money for you. It's the "rules". Fuck the rules change the goddamn rules. If somebody wants to give these kids "gifts", they should be able to as long as it is all above the table.
I never had a problem with Weber and Ed Martin. If Ed Martin wanted to give 10 grand to a preacher or a politician, Martin would be rewarded with some miracle water or something, but giving money to Weber was forbidden. It so hypocritical that it ain't even funny
I do have a problem with Webber and Martin, because they took the entire program down the shitter and provided Tom Izzo with his golden opportunity to become a "legend" in EL. Thanks to them and their impact, Izzo had carte blanche in instate recruiting for ten years. And before the population shift started, that used to mean that you had access to enough players to stock an NBA team, what alone a college team.
If Ed Martin hadn't paid Webber et al, Tom Izzo would now be just another in a line of very good coaches at MSU and Michigan would still be on their competitive level in basketball.
I agree with you a hundred percent that the players deserve to be paid. I have commented on many occasions that the NCAA needs to throw out 97 percent of the rulebook. But until they do, the current players and coaches have to follow the rules that are in place. Does it suck? Yes. Does probation and a ten-year drought suck even worse? Double-yes.
I won't get too much further into this here, but will cover it on my blog shortly. Suffice to say that for numerous reasons, I think players should be able to get all of the benefits outside of school that they want. Jobs, cars, golden handshakes, "escorts:" whatever they can get. It would keep the schools from having to pay players, thus keeping the revenue from being subject to Title IX. Meanwhile, the players would get something besides aid for which many of them are eligible outside of sports, anyway.
Would this be unfair to the "have-nots?" No more so than the current system is already.
Giving money to recruits is not illegal according to the laws of the United States of America. Nor is it illegal with regard to any state or local laws, so long as it does not break any finance laws (such as the ones that regulate agents in states like Florida). It does, however, break the laws that a private organization, the NCAA, chooses to set out for those who choose to play for teams in its organization.
The NCAA is well within its rights to set the rules it wants to for its member institutions and players. And furthermore, there is no rule stating that if a player wants to play football after high school, then they have to join the NCAA. They could, for instance, join the CFL or a semi-pro league. They choose to join the NCAA because they get the greatest benefit in terms of compensation and future benefits from joining the NCAA. And if they want to take the benefits they get from the NCAA, then they have to follow the NCAA's rules, meaning they don't get to take any money or gifts. If they want to take money, then they cannot be part of the organization.
Saying that the NCAA rules are wrong is legitimate. Breaking them is not. Webber and Ed Martin violated the rules and knew that by violating these rules, they could do significant harm to the university, the basketball program, and those associated with the program, including the future players in the program. They broke these rules anyway. Also, Martin broke a number of gambling and tax laws, the proceeds from which funded the payments to Webber and others, which obviously isn't OK.
Whenever I see arguments like this, I always feel like the journalists are picking the wrong people to use as evidence to support their point. When Whitlock uses Bush as an example, it's easy for the reader to say "Wait a minute, he's making high 7 figures in the NFL, so he probably should have just had a little patience."
Wouldn't it be better to bring up the players who are on the two-deep (therefore are undeniably providing benefit to the university in on-field performance), yet have very little chance of capitalizing on those talents in the pros? I'm talking about your kickers, punters, and 5'10 centers, middle linebackers, and spread-option quarterbacks. For these people, you could easily make the argument of their being undercompensated for a great service that they provide to their schools/fanbases/etc, minus the ability to cash in on it afterwards.
But Reggie Bush as Kunta Kinte? Please. The man just won a Super Bowl.
The thing is, I doubt that a hoard of agents and boosters would be lining up to give them money. That's one of the reasons that the NCAA doesn't allow agents or boosters to give athletes money.
I know the word is used incorrectly a lot, but is there any irony when Jason Whitlock makes money writing about athletes who don't make money? I doubt he ever says he won't take any money for an article he might write on a college athlete cause they aren't paid. No offense, but the media make money off these kids as well.
...playing a race card he shouldn't have dealt to himself.
I'm getting sick of black athletes getting compared to slaves lately. It's just a horrible comparison. I would do actual slave labor for a living if I was making the money Reggie Bush is making now. If big time college athletes feel like they're being exploited, they should try paying their way through school, and have to get a real job afterwards like the rest of us.
Also, this article is a steaming pile of horse shit.
why didn't he use Jews and Nazis? that one always proves relevant in every situation.
... are not slaves. Everybody has a choice.
That being said, the current system that allows university athletic programs to reap such huge benefits from the talents of these players and then does not provide them the tools to succeed in life after football is horrible. So many academic programs are set up to just to make certain the kids have the grades to qualify to play, as opposed to looking out for their long term academic development.
Personally, I think universities should offer free life time education grants to high profile sports athletes that generate significant money to the school. That should also be extended to their families/children. You don't have to give them bling, but give them access to tools that will allow them to succeed after football.
That education you're getting for free can get you a job if the football training doesn't pan out.
And frankly, any job that pays $50,000 a year sounds pretty good in this economy.
(Though my favorite is still your 80% of undergraduate women know who you are. Though you forgot that 79% of the women will drop panties just because they know who you are, and everyone else does).
Hey Reggie Bush and USC - you're a bunch of cheats. You got caught. Now you're dealing with the consequences.
That is all.
Jason Whitlock writes about the sports world from every angle, including those other writers can't imagine or muster courage to address. His columns are humorous, thought-provoking, agenda free, honest and unpredictable.
I'll let you be the judge.
This article is the biggest pile of shit in the history of piles of shit. Very original thought, the man exploiting black athletes. I would like to apoligize formally on behalf of my entire race for our actions. A free education and the platform to potentially earn millions at the next level wreaks of Jim Crow. Also Mr. Whitlock if you want to get off your fat ass and find the original sin, it is capitalism. That's right the only color that even makes this a debate is green not black and white. Nice try. Fuck off.
Slavery existed long before capitalism was ever developed as an economic concept. It is based upon the brutal, but natural occurring, nature of the strong to dominate the weak.
Slavery, genocide, murder, rape...all of these have occurred in economic and political systems from both sides of the political spectrum. Every civilization has had to deal with the plague of violence and oppression.
As for the article. Whitlock is using sensationalist headlines to make a point. There is validity to what he says, but I'd like to ask him one thing: How about the guys who go to an Eastern Michigan? My Alma Mater can barely afford football as it stands. If we are too pay the players, what happens to the Eastern Michigans?
My answer is that they would disappear and along with it, the scholarships that go with it. That means less scholarships for inner city blacks and less opportunity to escape the ghetto.
The thing is that urban minorities have used sports for decades as a way to escape the ghetto. Italians, Irish, Hispanics, and Blacks have all used a sport as a means to escape the ghetto,
Literally thousands of African American males each year receive scholarships to play football and basketball each year. For many, athletics is the only way they will be able to attend college.
I do sympathize with his point of a stipend, but there has to be some sort of revenue sharing scheme among the schools or you will see schools go to non-scholarship or drop the sport altogether. What then, Mr Whitlock?
He spelled "Saban" as "$aban". His intelligence does not exceed that of the average internet broseph. His opinion no longer counts. QED