Make sure to check out the next installment of HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel tonight, where the controversial topic of college football’s “Guarantee Games” is examined.
A mainstay in the college sports economy, the “Pay for Play” system pits some of the smaller, weaker teams in NCAA Division I (particularly FCS schools) knuckle up against some of the strongest ones not for glory, but for the money they need to survive.
The payers are elite programs with budgets as high as $100 million, who sell out home stadiums and arenas for a lucrative blowout victory. The payees are often historically black colleges and universities, struggling to keep their doors open, and easily outclassed on the field and court who must take these games in order to keep the programs going, sometimes taking unconventional steps to participate in these contests.
What happens when such mismatched competitors collide?
Correspondent David Scott tackles the issue of football players at small colleges being crushed by large university teams…all because of money. #RealSports Subscribe to the HBO YouTube Channel: https://goo.gl/JQUfqt Don’t have HBO?
Real Sports correspondent David Scott investigates the truth and consequences of the guarantee games, exploring why they have become so essential to black college sports and why no one seems to be heeding the warnings about the health and safety risks or the academic impact on HBCU student-athletes.
When it involves money and profit, people get so discombobulated they cant see the truth,” said HBCU coaching legend Billy Joe. “Its just amazing how one wants to continue something as pernicious and insidious as kids going to the slaughter and playing these blood games.
“Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” returns tonight, September 26th, at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.