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University of Missouri Story And College Football

November 10, 2015

Once again Jason Gay proves why he is the only sports columnist I read.

I have been consistent about what I think is the downside to college athletes being treated as it they are mini-professionals.   After all they are in college and still maturing.  They should not be seen as nothing more than money-makers for any college or university.  But since those who agree with me seem to be a minority it then makes sense to think of the players as having clout.  The type of clout we saw this weekend in Missouri.

We’ve grown accustomed to the dollars and obsessiveness surrounding these games—the ridiculous coach-as-celebrity worship, the lucrative sponsorship arrangements, the spectacle of grown adults on TV shouting at each other all day over the successes and mistakes of young men still learning on the job. The polite illusion of amateurism has long been shattered; the spectacle has literally become a multibillion dollar industry. We can’t be OK with players being used to promote that spectacle and not OK with players turning around and using the spectacle for themselves. Likewise, we can’t endorse the notion of “student-athlete” and then ask athletes to remove themselves from campus life. We don’t get to say how the power of college sports can be deployed. (I would say hang on for athletes to start using their leverage to take a bigger piece of the financial pie, but that skewed system is already under siege.)

9 Comments leave one →
  1. November 11, 2015 4:58 PM


    I read about that on a blog and am not even sure how this could have taken place–esp. on campus!

  2. Solly permalink
    November 11, 2015 2:17 PM

    Actually, as a person interested in journalism, I’m surprised that you haven’t commented on the “Animal Farm” component of this soap opera. Please see: A professor from the “Communications Dept.” asking for some “muscle” to prevent a student photojournalist from doing his job. A UM employe, apparently paid to work with fraternities/sororities telling him to back off. Ironically, the journalist is a person of color, and after being shouted at by the self-appointed students and employes of UM to leave, gets shouted at to lower his voice when he protests that he has the same First Amendment right to cover them as they do to protest. Oh, but they have declared a safe-haven in their tent city on public property. BS all around. I wonder how long the Football Team would have held out if their tutors, scholarships, meals and other bennies were yanked to make up the millions owed to other schools for being no-shows. Maybe a short course on the bill of rights should be mandatory for the students and staff of UM.

  3. tom permalink
    November 11, 2015 10:17 AM

    I listen to npr two hours a day. never heard it. Oh well.

  4. November 11, 2015 5:06 AM


    You are making my case for how stunted you are when it comes to knowing about the world in which you live. You live in the mid-west and one has to ask how you get regional news?

  5. November 10, 2015 10:31 PM

    Taxpayer funded radio and two Chicago sources, yeah that is pretty widespread. Like I said a non story until people were going to lose their football games.

  6. November 10, 2015 8:48 PM

    NPR, WGN radio, and the Chicago Tribune are the sources I know where some of the coverage has come from as that is where I learned of it. The slurs and antics of racists on campus has been covered.

  7. tom permalink
    November 10, 2015 8:41 PM

    Where has this been reported for months? I didn’t see it anywhere.

  8. November 10, 2015 5:34 PM


    Where do you get your news? Or more to the point what place do you turn for news that is so poor at alerting you to the world around you?

    This story and the events surrounding it has been reported over and over for months.

    Is this sort of the way you stumble about with all your views concerning the nation and politics?

  9. November 10, 2015 5:28 PM

    What is great about this story no one was paying attention to the guy on the hunger strike or the issue until the football team said it was not going to play anymore games, then all of the sudden it becomes news. SO what really ended this was not the hunger strike, not a resolution of the issue but the fact people were not going to have a football game this week, no one cared otherwise. HYSTERICAL!

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