The Wealth Gap in College Sports Just Got Even Bigger

Friday, August 08, 2014

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has just voted to approve new guidelines that will allow schools in the top five athletic conferences to spend even more money on sports. Steve Eder, Investigative Sports Reporter at The New York Times, breaks down how this might create what some are calling a two-tiered league with a now even bigger gap between the schools at the top and all the rest, and how all of this will end up affecting college athletes.


Steve Eder

Comments [11]

Frank Fourth - I think your idea's spot on (or would be if sports leagues in the US were clubs rather than franchises). It's kind of similar to teams like Pumas or Tigres in the Mexican soccer league where they were founded and are still owned and operated by major universities.

Aug. 08 2014 12:42 PM
Diana from nj

College sports programs are not fund raisers. After all tge expenses assocusted with tge athletic programs its lucky they break even. The bittom line -- it's about being a P.R. took fir university name recognition so that scholastic applications abd enrollments will rise and alumni donations will roll in. Greater amounts than net profits from sports programs would bring in.

Aug. 08 2014 12:04 PM
CR from Manhattan

What happened to Mike Peska?

Aug. 08 2014 11:45 AM


Aug. 08 2014 11:45 AM

Sport Porn.

Aug. 08 2014 11:44 AM
Frank Fourth from Harlem

Spin the NCAA and all Div I sports off as private for-profit businesses. If universities want to own those businesses as stock in the endowments, well, they can. The universities can even license them their logos and rent them their arenas.

But colleges and universities should have to all be "Div. III" no athletic scholarships.

Aug. 08 2014 11:39 AM
Joshua Frankel from Brooklyn

This is a story about economic exploitation, not sports.

It is unconscionable for the NCAA and its Universities to make billions (literally) while its athletes - many of whom are minorities from underprivileged backgrounds - go unpaid.

Here is a great explanation of the argument for why many college athletes should be paid:

Aug. 08 2014 11:38 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

The end of "student-athlete" slavery is moving ever closer.

This deal was designed to enrich universities in the SEC etc. but it may make it easier for athletes to eventually unionize, and that's a good thing.

Aug. 08 2014 11:36 AM

With all of the truly important news stories out there, it is criminally negligent of you Brian to waste a nanosecond of time discussing the NCAA.

Are the hosts over at sports radio station WFAN discussing Gaza, Ukraine, or ISIS?

College sports is a bunch of nonsense that gets far too much coverage in the mainstream media.

Brian, leave this story to ESPN, Sports Illustrated, and WFAN.

Aug. 08 2014 11:34 AM
Joe Taperno from Unhappy Valley, PA

With more money at stake there will be even more incentive to sweep corruption, pedophilia and rape under the rug. Yeah, this sounds like a great idea, NCAA!


Aug. 08 2014 11:27 AM
Terri from Brooklyn

I attended UW-Madison for my undergrad degree and the University of Minnesota for my grad degree, went to football, hockey, and basketball games, and followed both the Badgers and the Big Ten for years after.

But given that I have come to believe that the NCAA is utterly corrupt and that male athletes (esp in football and basketball) are exploited, my support for the teams has faded away. That football and hockey put the athletes at great risk for brain injury, and it seems obscene to cheer these teams.

Get universities out of the pro-athlete-grooming business and let the NBA and NFL and NHA fund and take responsibility for these minor league teams; if it's too much to take away the big sports, then let the teams remain on campus as affiliates, licensed to use the university name, with the money going to fund intramural activities or, heaven forbid, academics.

It may be too late to stop the corporatization of higher education, but we ought to be able to get rid of its worst manifestations. This action by the NCAA, however, would only deepen the corruption.

Aug. 08 2014 10:21 AM

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