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Subject: Re: The new age of college athletics

Diogenes (sparman)
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Date Posted: 11:47:58 01/04/22 Tue
In reply to: sparman 's message, "Re: The new age of college athletics" on 11:29:29 01/04/22 Tue

These days it's hard to find someone who isn't a "conspiracy theorist" about something. What I find most interesting is the tendency of "conspiracy theorists" to accuse others of what they themselves are doing.

As far as voting, I'll begin to feel better when most Americans actually vote. Almost no elections turn out even half of the eligible voters--kind of like student attendance at Ivy football games!!

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Date Posted: 13:50:33 01/04/22 Tue

Most people are not stupid, but a surprising percentage are. I'd say somewhere between a quarter and a third, depending upon how high you set the bar.

And while most are not stupid, most are very occupied with living their lives, putting food on the table and getting their kids to school.

Here's another way to look at it. Surveys consistently show, across different administrations, that more than 40 percent of adult Americans cannot name the sitting Vice President of the United States.

Moreover, more than 10 percent of respondents, when given the name of the Vice President, cannot identify that person's job. That is, they cannot tell you who Mike Pence or Kamala Harris are.

And all of these people are allowed to vote. So in a way, it's a good thing that so few people actually show up at the polls. Many, many people are completely unqualified to cast an informed, meaningful ballot.

As far as the transfer portal is concerned, college sports is now a game of free agents. That in and of itself is not a huge problem but, combined with NIL in certain sports, will change those sports profoundly. For the worse.

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Date Posted: 15:31:06 01/04/22 Tue

I personally think predictions of negative impacts are overstated. Freeing players to make decisions in their own best interest may actually bring more competitive balance to college fb. If you think of 5 star recruits as first round draft picks, college football works exactly opposite NFL. Teams that perform best divy up the top talent. Portal and nil may spread that talent out more widely

Also, even if I am wrong and there are net negative impacts on the game, at least partially addressing the absurdly exploitative system of paying coaches multi millions while insisting those who risk life and limb can not be paid has to be worth it. At least in terms of trustees of these fine institutions being able to look themselves in the mirror

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Date Posted: 16:17:56 01/04/22 Tue

There seems to be a significant correlation among the general population between level of interest in football, and lack of interest in or knowledge of civic affairs and government.

I agree with Lurker that the imbalance between pay for coaches and non-pay for the athletes who earn the coaches their millions is absurd, but I also agree that the current NIL approach is going to produce profound changes for the worse. You cannot take just any medication to cure an ailment.

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Date Posted: 17:36:08 01/04/22 Tue

Sad but true, sparman.

At the risk of sounding too self-congratulatory, ground zero for the small intersection of the Venn diagram of people who are passionate about both football and civic engagement might be the Ivy League Sports Message Board. I wish there were more of us.

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