We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I am a subject in a kingdom of lies. At 57, I have grown up with decades of untruth — advanced for the purposes of purported social unity, the noble aim of egalitarianism, and the advancement of a cognitive elite in government, journalism, the arts, and the universities.
Right thinkin' on this issue is so easy to grasp even a girl can.
Ain't nothin' holy about koran.
And below the ships are prisons, where with multitudinous griefs,
Christian captives sick and sunless, all a labouring race repines
Like a race in sunken cities, like a nation in the mines.
They are lost like slaves that sweat, and in the skies of morning hung
The stair-ways of the tallest gods when tyranny was young.
They are countless, voiceless, hopeless as those fallen or fleeing on
Before the high Kings' horses in the granite of Babylon.
And many a one grows witless in his quiet room in hell
Where a yellow face looks inward through the lattice of his cell,
And he finds his God forgotten, and he seeks no more a sign--
(But Don John of Austria has burst the battle-line!)
I hear arguments in favor of pay to play similar to Becker's (as quoted at length by Somin) over and over again on ESPN, which is obviously self-serving for a sports network. However, I think Becker's statement argues the case more strongly AGAINST paying college athletes and FOR abolishing big time college sports entirely, since the present charade is not only inequitable but also morally repugnant. Abolishing the present system would end the unfair exploitation of young athletes, but also (more beneficially for the country) "cleanse the souls" of our colleges and universities by ending their practice of admitting students who are academically unqualified and recruited only for their athletic abilities. Paying college athletes is giving in to, instead of resisting, the corruption of higher education by big money interests. Professional football and professional basketball need to follow the approach of professional baseball and establish their own minor leagues instead of relying on colleges to serve as their farm teams. Big time colleges need to do the right thing by returning to their primary mission, which is higher education....not higher rankings in the BCS or in the basketball brackets during March Madness.
1) If the football and basketball players were paid, would it then be required to pay all student athletes?
Furthermore, if say $100,000 was spent on salaries for male student athletes, would a similar sum be required to pay female student athletes to keep things 'fair" under Title IX?
2) Under the current system, is the value of a scholarship for a student athlete considered taxable income? If not, why not? The student is in essence working for the University in exchange for the education.
3) One wonders, if a university openly started paying players, and the NCAA intervened, could they win a court case by arguing that all the other universities were colluding to hold down athletic dept costs by not paying players and that they were just trying to do the right thing?