Re: Every sport now sucks.

Date:2019-03-03 21:10:23
Edited:2019-03-03 21:14:11
In Reply To:Re: Every sport now sucks. by Russ
Colleges exploit talent. This is why basketball and football are such big draws, while baseball isn't. Imagine what would have happened if LeBron James was forced to play a year in college and tore his ACL because of an incompetent, greedy college coach who was hoping to cash-in?

The university would have slapped Lebron's pic and number on every piece of swag imaginable, and made tens of millions - and that would be in just the year he played, and wouldn't account for money made after his career was over.

LeBron would have been screwed, broke, and broken. The college wouldn't be obligated to pay him anything, though they might give him free board and tuition for four years.

This tragedy happens every year. I was in the stadium at the Orange Bowl when Butt was injured. Before the game everyone was bitching about Peppers skipping the game, but then Jake Butt's knee was destroyed.

The injury cost him millions. But hey, the university made bank and that's all that matters, right?
Again, those players are there because of rules set by the professional leagues. No one is forced to go to college. Yes, it's the biggest platform to showcase yourself, so you are funneled in that direction, but there are other paths if you choose to take them.

The issues of how colleges do or don't compensate players is completely separate from the employment issues of the NBA and NFL.
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