fbpx
NCAAOpinion

“The Crimson Standard” Is A Slap In The Face To Exploited Athletes

Where and how do the players, the labor force who actually drive the behemoth economic engine that is Alabama football, benefit from their efforts?

Amateurism. You’ve heard the term used time and again as to why the NCAA places strict limits on the amount of compensation that its workers, which they prefer to call student-athletes, can receive.

Players are vilified and suspended when they attempt to sell their school-issued Air Jordan’s, and the FBI makes a huge spectacle out of the symptoms of what’s wrong with college sports, as opposed to the actual causes of those ills.

Meanwhile, the NCAA generates billions in broadcast television rights, while no student-athlete is entitled to a share, except for the cost of his scholarship, which pales in comparison to what players like Saquon Barkley, Lamar Jackson or Baker Mayfield earn for their respective programs.

College coaching salaries have escalated to the point where many of them are the highest-paid employees in the state, where they earn more than the actual university president.

When Alabama defeated Georgia by a score of 26-23 in a thrilling overtime session to win last season’s College Football’s National Championship, the Crimson Tide coaches weren’t just giddy because of their on-field victory. They also won at the bank, with the staff receiving a collective $1.27 million in bonuses for winning the title.

It was nice to see management getting rewarded for a job well done. But what about the labor force, i.e. the players?

Darren Rovell on Twitter

If Tua Tagovailoa was allowed to sign autographs & maintain his eligibility, he’d have no problem finding an autograph dealer today who would pay him a $500,000 to sign at a mall in Birmingham. https://t.co/M2NYixTT9f

 

And last week, we learned that Alabama is planning extensive renovations to Bryant-Denny Stadium and Coleman Coliseum. They’ll be reducing capacity at both venues while adding premium seating.

Athletic director Greg Byrne said that the football stadium will eliminate over 1,000 seats with a massive video board going up in the South end zone and two new video boards on the opposite side of the field.

Renovations are slated to begin after this upcoming season with a total estimated cost of $288 million, according to Byrne. The plans also call for renovated locker rooms, recruiting lounges and concourses, among other enhancements.

Oh, and let’s not forget the addition of ten luxury suites, where the wealthiest of the Crimson Tide fan base can purchase one at a measly $5 million apiece.

The university has already raised $143 million toward the 10-year, $600 million fundraising campaign.

There’s no doubt that head coach Nick Saban and Alabama are the gold standard in college football, having won five of the last nine national championships.

But the question needs to be asked over and over again – where and how do the players, the labor force who actually drive the behemoth economic engine that is Alabama football, benefit from their efforts.

Alabama vs. Georgia National Championship Highlights 2018 (HD)

SUBSCRIBE HERE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCWJC6yziUsrMw5U-LE8BrQ TWITTER: https://twitter.com/King_Gosa INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/king_gosa/

 

Yes, a scholarship and college degree are a start, but anyone familiar with the overall economic landscape knows that they’re not merely enough.

The exploitation of labor and a system akin to indentured servitude needs to be addressed. Why does the NCAA insist on prohibiting the players from earning a salary?

The bogus FBI probe on the basketball side, if you remove the NCAA’s crutch of amateurism, would be nothing more than a case study in what every other industry calls the standard business practice of headhunting.

And if you think the football and basketball players at major programs are amateurs, you’re living in a land of fiction. Since the inception of the one-and-done rule, the best basketball players are only on campus for little more than a semester, attending classes to simply remain eligible.

And don’t believe for a minute that the players are to blame, because the system was designed to enhance the value of the sports’ television packages by having the best players in uniform, only if even for one season.

The majority of college football athletes who remain on campus for three or four years aren’t getting a true education as well, if we insist on being honest with one another. They’re taking courses designed to keep them eligible, which in turn keeps the cash registers ringing.

Alabama Training Days 2018 Episode 1 – Rolling with the Tide

Uploaded by NCAA Sports on 2018-08-10.

 

The scholarships for softball, field hockey players, swimmers and the like serve their intended purpose. But major college football and basketball is, by design, meant to profit off the student-athlete’s labor in ways that bring in billions, when examined in the aggregate.

And when some of those athletes fall out with their coaches, or prove to be less than expected, they can be run off the plantation while being stripped of their scholarships.

College football and basketball are merely minor leagues for the NFL and the NBA. And it’s time that the players get paid accordingly. They’re allegiance is to the athletic program, with the bottom line being that they are working on behalf of the university in an enterprise that nets huge sums of money.

And in any labor model that you want to look at, they’re entitled to some of that money.

If we really want to make things right, the players need to be compensated and the NCAA’s antiquated rules of amateurism needs to be thrown into the trash.

The schools should be required to provide lifetime scholarships, housing and meal allowances so that former players, no matter how long it takes them, can come back to school and finish their degrees.

At the same time, the players should also be assured that the school will be responsible, in perpetuity, for whatever lifetime medical care they need for injuries they suffered while putting their well-being on the line during their time on campus.

This is not an issue of pay-for-play. It’s an issue of pay-for-work. The foundational flaw of this flimsy idea of amateurism is that athletes are being denied the same basic economic rights and protections the rest of us take for granted.

And when you and your co-workers, i.e. teammates, are a major reason why Alabama hoists another championship trophy and spends $600 million on facilities upgrades, yet you’ll get suspended for pocketing a few hundred bucks for an autograph or selling some school-issued shoes and apparel, that’s got to be a supreme slap in the face.

Alabama Training Days 2018 Episode 2 Rolling with the Tide

Uploaded by NCAA Sports on 2018-08-16.

 

The Crimson Tide football program earned a profit was $45.9 million in 2017, with total revenue reaching $108.2 million. This summer, Saban received a new eight-year deal worth at least $74 million. His salary is $7.5 million this season and increases by another $400,000 in each subsequent year. He also gets an $800,000 signing incentive this year and would receive the same amount for completing each of the next three seasons2019, 2020 and 2021.

I have no problem with Saban earning what the free market economy of his field says he’s worth. But we should all have a problem with the labor force that he supervises, the actual players that work for him, the university and the NCAA, not being afforded the same rights and considerations.

Tags

Related Articles

180 Comments

  1. Kocaeli Güven Nakliyat’ı tercih eden müşterilerimiz yaptıkları olumlu geri bildirimler ile memnuniyetlerini bizlere ve çevresine bildirmişler, bu sayede genişleyen portföyümüz ile daha çok hizmet etme imkanına kavuşmuş bulunmaktayız. Kocaeli Güven Nakliyat olarak müşteri memnuniyetinin çalışma hayatımızda ve işimizin devamının sağlanmasında ne kadar büyük öneme sahip olduğunun bilinci ile hareket ediyor, böylece müşterilerimizin her türlü istek ve beklentilerini önemseyerek, hizmetlerimizi bu yönde şekillendiriyoruz.

  2. I actually would like to present thanks to you merely for bailing me away of this particular difficulty. As a result regarding checking from the net in addition to meeting techniques that had been not productive, I think our life was done.

  3. You truly did more than visitors expectations. Thank you for rendering these helpful, trusted, edifying and along with cool thoughts upon the topic.I understandably wanted to thank you as a result much again. I am not positive the things that I might have bearing in mind through without the type of hints revealed by you going on for that situation.

  4. I merely wanted to compose down a quick expression to say thanks to be able to you for the people wonderful guidelines and hints you might be demonstrating on this site.

  5. Do a person have a spam problem on this website; My partner and i also am a tumblr, and I desired to recognize your situation; many involving us allow us some wonderful methods, and are looking in order to trade methods with some others, why not shoot me personally an e-mail if serious.

  6. My partner and i and my buddies were going via the nice, useful information through the blog then typically the sudden came up using an awful suspicion I actually never expressed respect for the website owner for these secrets.

  7. Your good knowledge and even kindness in having fun with almost all the pieces were very helpful. I don’t know just what I might have done when I had not came across such a step such as this.

  8. Simply wish to be able to say your article will be as astonishing. The quality in your post is actually great, and I may assume you are the expert on this subject matter. Well with your agreement allow me to grab your RSS OR ATOM feed to hold updated along with forthcoming post. Thanks some sort of million and please retain up the gratifying function.

  9. Thanks with regard to one marvelous posting! We enjoyed reading it; an individual are a fantastic author. My partner and i will make sure in order to bookmark your blog in addition to may come back sooner or later. I want to motivate that you continue the great posts, possess a saturday and sunday!

  10. I am commenting to be able to help you to understand what a terrific knowledge my daughter enjoyed reading through through your on range page. She noticed numerous pieces, with the add-on of what it is definitely like to have a great awesome helping style to be able to have the rest without having hassle grasp some intense matters.

  11. Hmm, it seems like the site ate my initial comment (it was really long) so I suppose I’ll just sum that up the things my partner and i had written and state, I’m thoroughly enjoying your own blog. I as nicely is an aspiring blog page writer, but I’m nonetheless new to the complete thing. Do you possess any advice for newbie blog copy writers? I’d appreciate it.

  12. Hey there! I am aware this specific is kind of off-topic, but I’d figured I’d personally ask. Would you get interested in exchanging back links or maybe guest writing a blog post or perhaps vice-versa? My blog moves over a lot involving the same topics while yours, and am believe all of us could greatly reap the benefits of every other. If you transpire to be interested, twenty-four hours a day shoot me an mail. I look forward in order to hearing from you! Wonderful blog by the method!

  13. Our developer is trying in order to convince me to proceed to. net from PHP. I have always disliked the idea because involving the expenses. But he is trying no less. We have been using Movable-type upon several websites for regarding each year and am stressed about switching to an additional platform. There are heard fantastic things about blogengine. web. Is there a method I can transfer most my WordPress posts with it? Any help would become appreciated.

  14. I was curious should you ever considered changing the design of the site? Its quite well written; I like what you’ve got to be able to say. But maybe a person could a little extra when it comes to content so men and women could connect with that better. You have an horrible lot of text regarding only having one or perhaps 2 pictures. You may can space it out much better?

  15. “Hi! I just want to give you a huge thumbs up for your excellent info you’ve got right here on this post. I will be returning to your site for more soon.”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Close