Surely there are kids willing to pay for the love of the game, a free college education, and a shot at the next level. Find the and let them represent.
Well hopefully this PAC 12 demand by football players doesn’t spread like COVID-19 is doing. But who knows.
I would be happy to see all those PAC12 teams having
losing seasons every year. Just add them in there with ND and the Shorthorns.
Personally, I wouldn’t even notice that the PAC 12 teams were missing, if they dropped out this season.
The PAC 12 only had a participating team in the play-offs in 2 of the 6 years there has been a play-off. They’ve never won the championship. They should just tell those players, “no play, no scholarship renewal” this season.
It’s always about the $$$$. ALWAYS. Bottom line. It’s about the $$$$.
Nobody requires these players to accept scholarships & a free education - not to mention the cost of schools’ investment in player training & development. If they have a better opportunity other than a fully paid for college education, they should pursue that path & bypass college There are plenty of kids out of high school who want to go to college but don’t have the money for that opportunity.
Asked a neighbor’s son about his experience after a football scholarship to Vanderbilt. Was impressed with his response & perspective that he appreciated the opportunity for a free $400K education & degree that enabled him to earn a good job & career.
Wiz I think you and the Mercury News massively misinterpreted this. Money is way down their list. Racial injustice and health and safety issues related to the pandemic are the primary complaints, from everything else I’ve read.
The fans are in control. Look at the TV ratings for MLB and NBA. It may not happen overnight but this will get fixed when everyone realizes they are going broke due to lost donations, lost TV revenue, and a big drop in ticket sales.
Which way will it get fixed ?
If this is about money, I applaud WSU for taking a stand & releasing the players.
The pandemic has already financially strapped so many universities (both in athletics & academics) without players demanding more $ in addition to their scholarships.
Swine you may be right, as I do not know the sincerity regarding the health and safety concerns, but the snapshot I see of the college age population is not a picture of high concern about Covid. Yes football is more phyiscal contact, but spreading the virus does not require tackling someone.
So anyway, as stated earlier, you may be right or that is just how you look at it and I may be wrong, but I wonder if this is more about leverage than anything, which can work or can be misplayed. I think the timing is off, since much of the sports fan population may feel this hand has already been played on both areas you mentioned. Guess we will see.
Retracted…you are 100% correct.
MLB opening night ratings were better than the NBA opening night ratings
I was thinking playoffs and he was focused on season ratings…
Can we make the boycott retroactive to the 2018 baseball season?
I think they have some legitimate concerns, but the execution may come up short.
if these kids sit out, they will get a dose of real life, without football. like, “ive got to go to class and get a degree and a job and pay taxes”.
of course, they will still be waaaaaaaaaaaay better off than the rest of us, still on athletic scholarship and athletic food service, etc.
but if they sit out a year, they will pay a price. but man, every other sport, including every women’s sport, will be crushed. all olympic sports.
I sure don’t know the answer, but I loved my college experience, and it allowed me to have my current life, which I also love. I just have a hard time hearing people argue that a free ride to college, with a stipend, with athletic clothing and food and fame…is not worth anything. when it meant everything to me at that age.
Agree to disagree.
Oh - as I said in the OP…“I get that some of their grievances have some merit.”
But to trot out a phrase that has become tired…but is none-the-less true…“It’s always about the money”. Maybe not entirely; but money is usually near if not at the top of any list like this.
Now, most of the guys speaking for the group are among the more articulate and will be careful to posture it otherwise. And I have no doubt that some of the other items on their agenda are very important to them as well. But, IMO, to the rank-and-file college athlete across the country reading about this, $$ are flashing in their eyes.
Beyond that, I just think that the timing is very poorly chosen. While one could argue that there’s never a “good time” to rock the boat (so to speak), choosing to point the loaded gun when the entire sport (and, by proxy, ALL other college sports) are in significant distress…well, it shows a lack of ability to assess the entire situation and approach the problem in a reasonable manner.
Ironically, the country is moving toward a more sympathetic position on many of these matters. I think waiting until we get this pandemic behind us…and it’s not a week before reporting date…will find more receptive ears and lead to a better outcome.
Of course, all of the above is just my take on the situation.
Read it for yourself, Wiz. Money is #4 on the list.