Gov’t Does Dirty Work For Corrupt NCAA

Mark Emmert, NCAA President, makes more than $2 million per year

The probe into “alleged” corruption of college basketball coaches and athletes is laughable at best, but damaging to society because of its hypocrisy.

Let’s go to the beginning: that the NCAA is the most morally corrupt sports organization in the United States of America.

The primary reason for its existence is to ensure that the athletes (mainly major college football players and men’s basketball players) do not earn any money for their services.

This goes against the capitalistic system that the United States prides itself in. It goes against a major reason the US entered the war in Vietnam more than fifty years ago when then President John Kennedy said we needed to stop Communism because it threatens our way of life.

The hypocrisy is that major college football is a billion dollar business and many are reaping the benefits, primarily coaches, athletic directors, the universities themselves and college presidents who see their salaries rise through the trickle down effect.

College football and basketball coaches make millions of dollars.

But the players, the ones who generate this income and particularly in football, put their careers and lives at stake every time they take the field, make nothing.

There is no other industry in this country that operates this way: where the people generating the income and risking their careers get nothing.

The system is rigged. College football players cannot enter the NFL draft until three years after they finish high school. Basketball players, many of whom would be first round NBA draft picks out of high school, have to wait a year.

Many of these players have special talents and in a capitalistic society special talents should be compensated accordingly. But the NCAA has been built to stop that. Instead universities spend lavish amounts of money on facilities to attract the best free talent they can get to make their money. College football coaches are making annually $5 million and upwards. Alabama’s Nick Saban reportedly makes upwards of $11 million. Other coaches like Ohio State’s Urban Meyer, make close to that. The NFL and NBA support them because they provide a free farm system.

A significant number of players are compensated in what can only be called the college sports underground railroad. Some schools do it more than others. Much of that money goes to poor inner city athletes who finally get a chance to get their families out of poverty. But the NCAA calls this corruption. It says you play football for three years, make us a lot of money, make our coaches rich and then you can go on the open market. They do not take into account the danger of injuries and are denying these athletes their right to earn a living based on their unique skills.

What I see from these federal alleged corruption charges is the government doing the dirty work of the NCAA. What the NCAA does in denying athletes their right to earn a living is not illegal, but it is morally corrupt. It is a reason the underground railroad of athletic compensation exists. It only begs the question doesn’t the federal government have anything better to do with its time.

The Universities claim they have been defrauded in these cases. But it is the players who have been exploited and defrauded. Many come into college sports poor, make millions for their schools, and leave poor. It seems in this case the word bribe has been wrongly used, but the NCAA likes to play with words to benefit its argument.

NCAA President Mark Emmert released a statement condemning the coaches and system, but it is Emmert who benefits greatly from his organization’s policy of denying athletes their right to earn money, even from use of their name after they leave college.

Emmert earned $1.9 million in compensation in 2015, according to the NCAA’s federal tax return as reported by USA TODAY. The players who pay his salary get nothing.

This is a case of a hypocrisy at its height. the idea of the federal government helping a morally bankrupt NCAA exploit athletes is very disturbing.

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