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Tournament Time Means Money Time for the NCAA

By: Booger McFarland
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The most hypocritical organization in America is about to embark on its biggest money maker of the year. For the NCAA, it’s tournament time which means they are about to make about 750 million dollars. Not bad for an amateur organization if I do say so myself.

For years people have debated whether or not NCAA athletes should be paid something. People who have never played collegiate sports argue it’s amateur athletics and athletes shouldn’t be paid. The athletes such as myself argue that with the time and effort and work we should be given something. I’m not here to settle the debate or change your mind. What I am here to say is that the NCAA, an organization that started during the time of President Teddy Roosevelt for safety, no longer has the best interest of the student-athlete in mind.

I realize that money makes the world go round however the NCAA is going round so fast you can hardly keep up. An organization that continues to add more games in all sports and make more money in those sports continues to get richer and richer. Meanwhile the athlete gets an education that, if you play your cards right, you can turn into something years down the road. Good trade off right? I graduated in business management from LSU and I venture to say that I would be exactly where I am today with or without the degree I have. But I sure could have used a few nickels back in 1995.

So as we watch the NCAA tournament, realize that you are watching amateur athletics at its finest. Only you’re really not. You will be watching an amateur organization make almost three quarters of a billion dollars in 3 weeks. And you wonder why athletes across the country are mad. March Madness is about to begin. Enjoy.

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