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South Park just destroyed the NCAA

Posted on: May 26, 2011 1:00 am
Edited on: May 27, 2011 9:08 am
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Lots of people watch South Park.

That's why it's a hit.

But even if you don't watch the show you should watch the replay of Wednesday's episode titled "Crack Baby Athletic Association' because it takes aim at the NCAA and destroys the idea of amateurism at the high-major level. I won't even bother trying to explain the entire storyline, but the gist of it is that Cartman starts a basketball league for crack babies and profits greatly because he doesn't have to pay the players because paying them would be "against the rules." He visits the president of Colorado while dressed as a slave owner and asks how Colorado continues to get away with not paying its "slaves," and the president explains the importance of calling them "student-athletes."

The whole thing is brilliant and hilarious.

The replay is right here.
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Comments

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: May 27, 2011 3:01 am
 

South Park just destroyed the NCAA

kd ... not all "supersmart nerds" get full rides, and when they do, you can bet the university takes advantage of them.  they serve as lab assistants, teaching assistants, etc., and the intellectual property rights rules of universities make sure that any patents, etc. they come up with in the context of their school work are at least shared.  

Yeah, it's "explotative" in the same way that companies pay people salaries that are less than the sum of the profits they make; that was Karl Marx' bitch with the system about what, 200 years back now?  Companies/universities pay people what the market will bear, and make a profit from their labor.  Demanding "fair" shares of things is ridiculous, for who's to say what's fair?  Companies/universities take advantage ("exploit") of the broad labor pool that exists; employers want and people want skills and experience.  How do you prove you have those skills or experiences?  College is one way, so you suck it up, take the loss in the short term, and make an investment in your future.  Or you can go play ball in Europe, go directly to the minor leagues, whatever.  It's called a free market.

Yeah, I know, the NCAA restricts the market.  So do the NFL, NBA, etc.  So it's not totally free; it's still freer than what you all are proposing.  Marx would love you guys, and yet most of you are out there saying "yeah, let's get rid of public sector unions" (on the theory that public servants are vastly overpaid) at the same time you're advocating some sort of profit-sharing for college athletes.  It's like the Catholic Church: against abortion, but for the death penalty.  Paradoxical, nonsensical, hypocritical. 



Since: May 26, 2011
Posted on: May 26, 2011 6:25 pm
 

South Park just destroyed the NCAA

Thank you Thank you! As a D1 college athlete, they have no idea the amount of time and dedication put in to get what?? School! Thats it, if that! I not only am a D1 athlete living on my own, I also have 2 jobs to cover cost of living! Sure some players get a "dining hall" and a dorm room. But I bet "normal" people have more time to study and do extra curicular activities. Just as super smart nerds get full rides from scholarships for their intelligence, athletes should get the same compensation for their time representing a university and putting a fake smile on for sponsors and alumni.



Since: Nov 12, 2008
Posted on: May 26, 2011 3:18 pm
 

South Park just destroyed the NCAA

Sorry if I rubbed you the wrong way by mention my experience in college.  I am a teacher and I chose that profession by choice(opps I mentioned myself twice in that sentence)  I obviously knew going in that I was not going to be making a lot of money(opps I did it again)  You questioned if made a lot of money for my school, that answer is a big NO.  Now debating the impact that teachers have on our society compared to an athelete is a whole different topic!






Since: Dec 8, 2008
Posted on: May 26, 2011 6:19 am
 

South Park just destroyed the NCAA

Did you engage in activities that your school reaped millions of dollars on? Were you approached any companies hoping you'll endorse their products? In the latter case, is it really the school's place to have any say in a potential private agreement between two parties, other than perhaps making sure it's not an endorsement by Joe's Titty Bar? Was it in college you learned how to make a convincing argument by mentioning yourself 7 times in 3 short sentences?



Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: May 26, 2011 5:56 am
 

South Park just destroyed the NCAA

Not everyone's as brilliant, good-looking, and successful as you, Chris.  $30k a year right out of college isn't terrible, depending upon where you live and what you're doing.  And I don't think anyone is under-estimating the time spent honing athletic skills.

The point is: they aren't slaves.  If you don't like the arrangement, tleavitt, then quit.  No one's got a gun to your head forcing you to play college baseball, and the "overseer" sure isn't going to come whip your a$$ to make you come back and play.  For those on scholarship, even half scholarship, it's a good deal. For those not on ... it's a choice, and probably still a good deal.  Even if you don't get a scholarship, there are benefits to playing.

Athletes tend to do better in school, because they make better use of their time and are healthier in general.  Athletes tend to do better after school because they know how to train and dedicate themselves, and yes, they are healthier than most.  Beyond skill sets like serving or volleying, they gain a great deal of discipline, self-confidence, and good habits that will last a lifetime.  Believe it or not, most college students lack these things, even after four years.  (It's one of the great ways, methinks, in which we fail college students: treating those four years as if they were their last four years of childhood, a huge party, and not a preparation for the real world.)

Is the NCAA or the school making too much money off the athletes?  Unlikely.  Most D-I sports programs operate at a loss, you know; even some of the big-time programs operate at a loss.  Those that make a profit fund the rest.  Women's soccer exists because men's basketball gets TV money, and so do sports like men's volleyball, swimming, and track and field. 

Many athletic programs, moreover, don't take any institute funding.  They run on alumni and other donations.  I know that's the way it works at our school; no one wants to give money for a library any more (why bother, it's all on the Internet, right?), so the university funds that and all scholarships, stadiums, team travel, etc. come from private funds.  And we're a state school.  (Though, in fact, only about 25-30 percent of our TOTAL budget now comes from the state, because people don't want to pay taxes to support education their kid might not get.)

It is possible that the NCAA is making too much money out of this, but it spends a hell of a lot policing the infractions, doing tournaments, etc.  People only see "March Madness" and the BCS--maybe a few watch the College World Series, either baseball or softball.  But the NCAA runs tennis championships, soccer tourneys, volleyball championships, etc., and few of those come close to paying for themselves.


Look at the big picture, not just the "big money sports."




Since: Sep 1, 2008
Posted on: May 26, 2011 4:04 am
 

South Park just destroyed the NCAA

I love South Park but the next time I hear any defending college players as "slaves" I am going to puke.  I spent years paying off college loans so I could get a $30,000 a year job.  I sure wish someone would have given me free tution, room, and board!!
In this world your either on or your off. Sir your definately off if you make 30k a year after finishing college. People tend to underrate the time spent honing atheltic skills. I would be willing to but money everyone who complains about athletes cannot do what they can do.

Maybe you can encourage your kids to begin training at a sport once they turn 13 then maybe you can appreciate the amount of time and work people put into it. Trust me no one wakes up one morning and decides they want to be a 5 star recruit so they can go to college. It takes years.



Since: May 26, 2011
Posted on: May 26, 2011 3:39 am
 

South Park just destroyed the NCAA

OK. The majority of student athletes don't get near free tuition, room and board. I play college baseball and there are only 11 and a half scholarships allowed for a roster that usually has upwards of 30 or 35 players. We practice or condition for 20 plus hours a week added onto a minimum schedule of classes which at our university is 15 units. I don't get any scholarship at all for this mind you and pay out of state tuition. The NCAA wrongfully takes advantage of their players and makes hundreds of millions of dollars a year. You can't tell me there isn't some injustice in this.



Since: May 24, 2010
Posted on: May 26, 2011 2:33 am
 

South Park just destroyed the NCAA

It was nicely done, South Park is never subtle in the message it is trying to deliver and not to mention they blew up EA sports which also makes a ton off of student athletes with its yearly installment of NCAA Football (Which I admit, I do buy about every other year) but who knew, what is this episode gained some national traction for its message and lead to pay for play, South Park of all things leading to change, that would be interesting.




Since: Nov 12, 2008
Posted on: May 26, 2011 2:25 am
 

South Park just destroyed the NCAA

I love South Park but the next time I hear any defending college players as "slaves" I am going to puke.  I spent years paying off college loans so I could get a $30,000 a year job.  I sure wish someone would have given me free tution, room, and board!!


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