The Rich get Richer, except in the world of the NCAA, and that’s a good thing, for all of us. I’m amazed at the short-sightedness of people that believe NCAA Athletes should be paid. Texas A&M Quarterback, Johnny Manziel, brought this issue again to light with the sale of his autographed goods (the NCAA could not conclude Manziel was paid for his autograph). All athletes, entering the NCAA, understand the amateurism rules. If they don’t like the rules, don’t play. Johnny can go pro and make his money…if that is his desire.
In a world where people cringe at the absurd salaries of CEO’s and celebrities, why would people want to make a few athletes rich, instead of spreading the wealth? Should the NCAA formula be the same as the American Dream, where only 1% of the population is comfortably rich?
I very much appreciate Bill Gates and am bewildered by the idolization of Steve Jobs. No question Jobs was brilliant in his field, but he never gave to charity (yes, recently reports say his family has been giving for years, but this seems to be to protect Jobs’ legacy). In contrast, Bill Gates started The Gates Foundation (along with Warren Buffet). This charitable organization is guided by the belief that “Every life has an equal value.” and is “Focused on the areas of greatest need, on the ways in which we can do the most good”. Essentially, the foundation will help the poorest areas of the world to save as many lives as possible. Bravo to Gates.
The NCAA has similar a principal to The Gates Foundation, “Every athlete has an equal value”. Honestly, if it weren’t for this philosophy, I wouldn’t have a job, there would be very few men’s or women’s sports in the NCAA, and the NCAA Athletics landscape wouldn’t exist. There would be a few football teams, a few basketball teams, and maybe a select few other teams, and that’s about it. Forget the Cinderella teams of Basketball’s March Madness or Appalachian State over Michigan in football.
Money generated from football and basketball trickles down to all the other NCAA sports and gives tens of thousands of men and women the opportunity to participate in sports (and a lot of coaches too). In addition, Title IX essentially allows for an equal number of men’s sports/participants and women’s sports/participants.
So if we start paying Johnny Manziel, et al, I lose my job.