Liberal Arts Blog — “The Decade When Everything Changed in College Football” (WSJ)
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Today’s Topic — “The Decade When Everything Changed in College Football” (WSJ)
“With players making money and transferring at will while schools pile up TV money,” wrote Laine Higgins in August, “the season that begins on Saturday scarcely resembles the sport from 10 years ago.” So what are these changes? Do they really matter? Are they compatible with the meaning of a college education? Are you sure? Should football coaches be making more money than college presidents? Who cares? Who should? Experts — please chime in. Correct, elaborate, elucidate.
ENDORSEMENT DEALS AND MAKING MONEY OFF NAME, IMAGE, AND LIKENESS (NIL)
1. “The seismic pivot, which took effect on July 1, came after the NCAA capitulated under the pressure of litigation, dozens of state laws, and a unanimous Supreme Court decision on educational benefits in which justices warned that the association could violate antitrust law if it attempted to cap athletes’ earning potential.” (first link)
2. “It’s led to a flurry of small deals for thousands of players, as well as a handful of six-figure endorsements for the biggest college stars.”
3. “Georgia quarterback J.T. Daniel endorses Zaxby’s and has said he’ll split half the money he makes on deals with his teammates. His counterpart at Clemson, D.J. Uiagalelei (above) backs Bojangles.”
NB: “The fast and furious arrival of such deals is already having unpredictable consequences that challenge the sport’s traditional rules of play — including things like scholarship limits. Built Bar, a sports nutrition company based in Utah struck a deal in August with the 36 walk-ons on BYU’s football team to pay them the equivalent of a full athletic scholarship.”
ALLSTON V NCAA, A 9–0 DECISION BY THE US SUPREME COURT
1. “Nowhere else in America can businesses get away with agreeing not to pay their workers a fair market rate on the theory that their product is defined by not paying their workers a fair market rate.” (Brett Kavanagh, second link)
2. And under ordinary principles of antitrust law, it is not evident why college sports should be any different.” (ditto)
3. “The NCAA is not above the law.” (ditto)
NB “While this case does not create an avenue for schools to pay athletes directly, it does lead to the opportunity for schools to provide nearly anything they want to athletes so long as they can tie the items to the educational experience.” (Dennis Dodd, CBS Sports)
IS THIS ANOTHER DEAD CANARY IN THE COAL MINE OF COLLEGE EDUCATION IN THE US?
**footnote: Thanks to Lafe from Yale for prompting this comic. To view how much your football coach makes, click here.
1. “It’s about supply and demand. Fairness has nothing to do with it.” (third link below)
2. “There is a lack of supply of high quality coaches…If one wants a good result which is usually accompanied by a large amount of money flowing in to the winning team (eg. in terms of sponsorship deals) then one needs to pay the price for such quality.”
3. “A football coach with a good performing team brings in a lot of revenue to the University.”
NB: Do athletes receive “special treatment in academics and when they run afoul of the law?” Are college varsity athletes like a separate caste? Do the recent changes make the system even more unfair? Who cares? Who should? What should be done? What can be done? What will be done?
FOOTNOTE — ARE THE BEST TEACHERS AT HARVARD ALL COACHES?
Think like an economist. Promotion in academia is based on publication not teaching skills. Advancement and compensation as a coach is based on teaching skill as measured by the objective performance of the student athletes. Hmmm….
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