Are college sports simultaneously terrific and terrible? You decide
Big changes are coming to major college sports, and not just in the form of new super-conferences.
But the current movement among conferences is just one of the issues that will roil major college sports in coming years, as author Taylor Branch points out in a fascinating and comprehensive Atlantic magazine article.
Do you find the term student-athletes irritating? Did you know the term is a lawyer’s construct to help shield universities from workers’ compensation claims submitted by injured athletes?
Did you know the NCAA licenses the likeness of former college athletes to video game-makers and refuses to compensate these former athletes for their use? The NCAA claims it owns the rights in perpetuity to use the athletes’ personas for profit-making purposes
Are you aware of how far the NCAA will go to discourage college athletes from pursuing careers in professional sports, even barring them from relying on professional expertise as they make their decisions.
People love college sports, but they won’t feel too good about how the NCAA goes about its business after reading Branch’s article.