Saturday, November 1, 2008

Interesting Read

NCAA logoImage via WikipediaThis post strays somewhat from my usual ramblings, but I came across the article on eSchool News, so I figured I would let it slide.

As an avid sports enthusiast - I found this article extremely interesting. The article is entitled "Officials huddle on use of athletes' images". It discusses whether video game manufacturers should be able to use the likeness of college athletes in their games.

The most valid point in the article was stated by Jeremy Bloom, a former college football player and current Olympic snow skier, he said, "The No. 1 monopoly in the United States right now is the NCAA. College athletics is not amateur anymore."

You can click here to read the article in its entirety.

I personally agree with Mr. Bloom's point. Colleges and universities makes millions of NCAA tournaments, conference tournaments, regular season games, TV deals, etc. While there may be some athletes-students who get paid under the table a majority of the student-athletes never see a penny in college. And in fact, are unable to get a job - thus they must nickel and dime their way through college.

Student athletes should be compensated for their contributions to the university. Be it through the millions made off video games, endorsements, television/radio/shoe deals or simply the gate admissions from a 100,000 seat stadium.

JDS | CIO

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