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|3 days 18 hours ago||The link is to the current||
The link is to the current year budget, which is break even.
Since I'm not preparing the budget for future years, I don't know where future increases in revenues go, or what reductions in current revenues might need to be replaced. Hopefully if it's a net increase in revenues above increasing operating costs, it goes to reduce ticket prices!
|3 days 19 hours ago||Nothing. That seems like a||
Nothing. That seems like a reasonable stipend to me.
|3 days 20 hours ago||Show me in Michigan's budget||
Show me in Michigan's budget where "the money exists."
|3 days 20 hours ago||The palaces are built by||
The palaces are built by restricted donations.
|3 days 20 hours ago||Can tell you weren't an econ||
Can tell you weren't an econ or business major. Believe whatever you want, brother.
Math department complies with Title IX because they don't have a "Women's Math" and "Men's Math."
|3 days 20 hours ago||If the booster club is||
If the booster club is affiliated with the university, then it won't work.
I know the Michigan Ahtletics Department breaks even. This is a matter of public record. The facilities are donated. The salaries are driven by the market. Do you want guys like Manuel, Harbaugh, and Beilein or not? They come with a price tag. Like I said it's an arms race, but it's the cost of having a competitive program. Do you honestly think that if Michigan said, "Hey Harbaugh, instead of paying you $5 mil, we're going to give that to your players and pay you $100,000," that he'd stick around? No, he'd go to the NFL where he could make the $5 mil.
|3 days 20 hours ago||The first intercollegiate||
The first intercollegiate athletic contest in the US is generally thought to date to 1852, whereas the first workers compensation law (which are governed at the state level) was passed in 1911. I'm pretty sure that at the outset of intercollegiate athletics, they were really thinking about a bunch of students competing against another group of students, and "workers compensation" was the furthest thing from their minds.
I already agreed with the stipend argument.
I disagree with your argument that athletic departments purposefully don't turn a profit. Out of 48 Power Five universities surveyed by The Washington Post, 25 of them lost money in their athletic departments in 2014. The increased spending is simply the result of an arms race. Everyone thinks there is so much money being created for the schools, when in fact they each have 2-3 revenue sports and 20+ other money-losing sports to support, many of which are required by Title IX.
As for your last point, I don't know what you mean by "figure itself out." I guarantee you that as soon as you pay a male athlete and not a female one, there will be a slam-dunk civil rights lawsuit.
|3 days 21 hours ago||They won't get paid by the||
They won't get paid by the team, they'll get paid, for example, by General Mills for appearing on a box of Wheaties.
|3 days 21 hours ago||I agree athletes should be||
I agree athletes should be able to profit from their likenesses.
|3 days 21 hours ago||Paying players||
The NCAA is about amateur competition. There is no way schools should, or even could, pay football players as a unique group within intercollegiate athletics. Title IX requires that benefits from any educational endeavor be made available equally to men and women. Therefore, under federal law, for the men's football players to get paid, the women's gymnastics team would have to get paid the same amount. There is not enough money in intercollegiate athletics for all participants to be paid any meaningful amount. In fact, Michigan's athletics department only breaks even as it is today.
The solution is to enforce the amateurism rules already in place, and possibly to create small stipends to supplement scholarships. I am also in favor of creating a professional minor league for football that would give high school graduates who for whatever reason want to start a professional career in football immediately after high school an opportunity to compete for pay.
|3 days 21 hours ago||Wait, Auburn is paying Alex||
Wait, Auburn is paying Alex Malzone?
|5 days 18 hours ago||Not sure what you mean by||
Not sure what you mean by "doing away with the NCAA." I assume you are talking about NCAA football only? In any case, I wasn't aware that the NCAA forces anyone to play football. I think the bargain goes something like this: if you're good enough, you can go to school for free if you remain an amateur, follow the rules, and play on our team. If the bargain's not attractive to someone, then they shouldn't take it, plain and simple. Thousands of young men pursue this deal today, and maybe somewhat less in the future given what we know now about these potential injuries, but my guess based on the popularity of the game is it will not result in the end of football at any level anytime soon.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I have fantasized about||
I have fantasized about starting a business to mass restore and resell XJ Cherokees with the 4.0 litre engine. These things are simple, indestructible vehicles, and there are tens of thousands still on the road in various states of (dis)repair. Anyone know of anybody doing this?
|3 weeks 22 hours ago||I agree with you that JP is||
I agree with you that JP is not working out and we need a new coach, but keep in mind there would be no varsity lax at Michigan if not for JP. He was the driver, along with some passionate club parents, who got the deal done. So in my opinion, there was not much choice but to let him launch the program and run it for a reasonable period of time. But again, I agree that time has passed. We should be further along than this.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Whatever. My guess is||
Whatever. My guess is Harbaugh figures out a way to do the camps anyway. But even if he doesn't, he'll figure out a way to maintain a competitive advantage.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Surprised Gates Brown is not||
Surprised Gates Brown is not on that list.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Every other year is regular||
Every other year is regular in my book, as opposed to "occasional." And for the success Tressel had, we had even more success against Cooper.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Sorry, I see now where that||
Sorry, I see now where that was a quote from the article. I wrongly attributed it to the OP.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Not to pick nits with the OP,||
Not to pick nits with the OP, but the statement about Harbaugh taking one year to get the program back to the comfortable place that Schembechler, Moeller, and Carr had it in is patently false. It's only comfortable when we're beating OSU on a regular basis. Bo, Gary and Lloyd were 20-17-2 against the Buckeyes. There is no doubt in my mind we will get there, and probably as soon as this year, but we weren't competitive against the Buckeyes last year at home.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Carr declining to be||
Carr declining to be interviewed is the sign of a man who owes no explanation, which was well-earned by a career of loyalty to Michigan, not to mention a national championship.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Way under. I'm excited about||
Way under. I'm excited about this team, but not enough to freeze in the rain at night to see them practice.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||No, taking over for Gene||
No, taking over for Gene Keady
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Also would suggest True||
Also would suggest True North as a great read and set in Michigan's UP. RIP Jim Harrison.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||RPI||
A geographic pair with Penn State could be Rensselaer, currently a member of the ECAC. Like Hopkins in lax, RPI is Div I for hockey only. Great academic school too, so a fit from that standpoint (as opposed to, say, Ferris or North Dakota).
|5 weeks 6 days ago||I think it's kind of akin to||
I think it's kind of akin to someone saying, "I'm building a new house" when in fact 99% of the time they are really paying someone else to build them a new house. But if Frontier is really building the plane, then I'm even more concerned.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Upvote||
|5 weeks 6 days ago||NOOOOOOOO! Cannot stand||
NOOOOOOOO! Cannot stand Frontier Airlines. Bad, bad, bad airline.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||What I meant is I don't think||
What I meant is I don't think Max would have made us a B1G title contender. And I agree with you that JB should stop whining about this. If a player has a degree and eligibility, he/she should be able to go to grad school wherever he/she wants and use up that eligibility.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Probably better that our||
Probably better that our younger guys got a chance to develop. Max wasn't going to be a difference maker this year.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Sorry, but if you think about||
Sorry, but if you think about it, this is a terrible analogy. First of all, Michigan is a top academic school, so any good laxer who's interested in a valuable degree should consider Michigan, even if it's not a lax powerhouse. Rutgers doesn't exactly have that going for them as a fallback attraction. Second, a succesful collegiate career at a college powerhouse could lead to a pro football career, whereas a successful collegiate lax career could lead to... well, you probably need that degree.