Causal–Wazoo

Inside the Minds of the
Crazy Rich Men who run College Sports

We [have no interest in sharing the money we make from our athletic programs], so [our athletes] will continue to work for free as long as we are alive. [Thousands of students] would kill to have a scholarship like this. We know athletes come here to play football and basketball rather than for our academics, so we try to keep them happy [by giving them playing time]. [But only if they help us win. When they stop performing, we cut them, they lose their scholarships, and our relationship ends.] As long as we keep them blind to the amount of money we make off of them, [and feed their dream of playing professionally after college] there will never be any problems.

This may sound harsh, but its life. This is a business we have been running for decades and have nurtured some of the best athletes to ever step on this earth. As long as they perform we fill our pockets and move on. Our scholarships we give are prestigious. If you get one you will be attending our school for near nothing. ( its actually not nothing but everyone hears scholarship and their dumb brains do not even know whats in them, all we have to do is throw that word out there and give it to a handful of students and people think they are getting free college!) Our scholarships are worth about 2-3 thousand less than attending college at full price. Now this is an average obviously the top guys in our programs will attend for free. We do take very good care of our athletes, from brand new cars, to bringing in girls from exotic entertainment businesses. As long as the media does not find out about it, all of this is fair game. Some Universities we allow to give stipends to their players, but for an extreme minimum amount.

We try to give our athletes a lavish lifestyle for their 4 years. This will take their minds off of the fact that we are robbing each and everyone of them, and the best part about all of this, is that its all LEGAL. yes you heard me right. Now some players have formed organizations, they sound like unions but have no where near the power a union has. These athletes are technically volunteering, so there is no Union when there is no wage. If we were to magically start paying our athletes in full the union would be a problem and me and the 10 other executives on this board will not be making over 500k+ a year. To be honest none of us are willing to give up our salaries to pay a couple of ungrateful punks.

Now before you start to make conclusions about the kind of person or business man i am, i want you to hear me out. Most of the athletic programs in all division 1 universities are actually losing money. The real money that made in the football and basketball programs, with that said, the other programs including women’s sports are losing money. The money cannot be shared because they make the money on their own. with that said the football and basketball programs are what make us rich. The revenue made between these two sports across the country is enough to operate the whole university at some schools. Alabama just made an extension to their stadium totaling in over 600 million just on renovations. That should give you an idea on how much these top tier schools make off of their top sports.

We have an issue with players accepting money from outside agents and even within the university. We have a special task force, that is committed to ending this. These players are tempted to accept these as most of them are in financial hardships and maybe need some money. This may be an effect due to those so called scholarships, but we turn it around and make them look like young individuals doing illegal things by accepting pay and we may even pay the media to really blow it up. You have to set standards and the best way for the is to make an example out of the people that break our rules. Who cares about their financial issues, they are getting a free education to use later on in life. That is the most valuable thing anybody can receive and that is the gift to be an educated individual. In the eyes of most we are a caring organization, but in recent times we have been exposed by former and current players and executives. Its not hard to see what we are doing here, but with support from the federal government and fans all over the world we do not have to give back anything to our athletes, just our support!

Think what you want but we will not and are not going to change our ways. me and my colleagues worked way too hard to take a pay cut. From the endless trips and other lavish lifestyles we live, we would like to keep it that way and so we will. Scholarships will remain how they stand. This may seem like a selfish move but we dont have to give out scholarships. If we stopped giving scholarships there would still be a great deal of athletes who would pay to play. Yes talent would decrease but our point is, that you cant do anything to us. We run this market and have a monopoly on how things get done. If you dont like it you can go watch another league of colleges play. Oh wait you cant. We are the one and only NCAA. Universities would never go for a reform, because that means there would be a huge loss in revenue and in this world cash is king and no one cares about anything other than that. We will continue on our venture robbing these young spectacular athletes and maybe in the future they will receive pay, but for our life times things will never change, we will still continue to take whats not ours and live the best life we can. The richest life we can.

Foward Progress? An Analysis on whether student-athletes should get paid. 
https://bit.ly/2NuX8d0

Pay for College Athletes: Now more than ever

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5 Responses to Causal–Wazoo

  1. davidbdale says:

    Let’s get started, Wazoo!

    Athletes are not getting paid because they are already receiving compensation in terms of a scholarship. These scholarships are great for academic prioritized students. They give the student free tuition and board for at least one year. We do not have to give these underprivileged [do you mean over-privileged?] and ungrateful athletes anything. They are amateurs and are not to be making any money unless they are professionals.

    These claims are made, obviously, in the voice of college administrators and athletic directors who favor using the scholarships as PAYMENT IN FULL. This rhetorical device (of adopting someone else’s voice) might serve you well if you use it throughout your essay, presenting as fairly as you can the point of view of someone with a vested interest in the status quo.

    As an alternative approach, also perfectly manageable, you might want to clearly identify the argument as SOMEONE ELSE’S. It’ll work, but only if your reader knows when you’ve started, and when you’ve stopped, writing in someone else’s voice.

    We [have no interest in sharing the money we make from our athletic programs], so [our athletes] will continue to work for free as long as we are alive. [Thousands of students] would kill to have a scholarship like this. We know athletes come here to play football and basketball rather than for our academics, so we try to keep them happy [by giving them playing time]. [But only if they help us win. When they stop performing, we cut them, they lose their scholarships, and our relationship ends.] As long as we keep them blind to the amount of money we make off of them, [and feed their dream of playing professionally after college] there will never be any problems.

    I’ve made some edits to your own language, Wazoo, adding details and claims to make the OFFER and the terms of the AGREEMENT clearer than they were in your draft. My suggestion for your overall end-of-semester paper is that something like this language you’re using could be used as a sort of SPECIMEN REBUTTAL argument that includes its own refutation.

    Let me make that clearer. In your own voice, you would lay out the argument for paying athletes as a fair and more honest way of acknowledging their special relationship with the college. When you have made your persuasive case, and your readers and nodding, “Yeah, that makes a lot of sense,” you can ask the obvious question: “How did we get to this unfair system we have today?” That’s a causal question. What is the cause of this unfairness? Your answer could look a lot like the language you’re working on here, and you’d introduce it as an illustration of a prevailing attitude that favors the status quo. You could characterize it as “How I imagine athletic directors talk to one another in their clubhouses.”

    Do you find this helpful, Wazoo? I’d like your feedback, please.

  2. wazoo1234 says:

    This is great, I think we are on the same page here. One question: would a title like Inside the minds of NCAAs most elite executives or something like that, im just throwing stuff out there but i want to make sure this wouldnt be an acedmic integrity issue because im saying “i know what they think”

    but thanks for the feedback and helping me get started. Appreciate it

    • davidbdale says:

      There’s no integrity issue with suggesting what might be in someone’s mind, Wazoo, at least in the way you’re doing it here. Your suppositions wouldn’t pass for evidence in court, but you’re free to suggest what might motivate documented behavior.

  3. davidbdale says:

    Wazoo, you’re going to need to introduce this rant with a sentence of disclaimer, to indicate clearly to readers that it’s not your own point of view.This is essential BOTH for this standalone Causal Argument AND when the speech is included in your overall Research Paper. Something like:

    To understand how corrupt the NCAA Athletic Scholarship system is, and why it is unlikely to reform itself, let’s imagine the point of view of the Athletic Director of a Division I NCAA college.

    Ordinarily, I would BAN ALL USE OF THE SECOND PERSON from your arguments, but in this particular instance, when you’re mimicking the speech of another party, it’s appropriate for you to let him speak in his own voice and address his listeners/readers/colleages as “you.”

    That said, you need to decide WHO HIS NARROW AUDIENCE is, and consistently address them in the same way. He’s speaking to the general public, or to a roomful of other NCAA Athletic Directors, or some group other than those two, Decide and revise accordingly. (Who is YOU when he says YOU?)

  4. davidbdale says:

    You’ve captured a lot of the complexity of the Student/Athlete dilemma here, Wazoo, but you’re also repetitious and not always consistent. As an example, your speaker seems to express the idea that those who receive scholarships are adequately rewarded with a college education, which he identifies as the biggest prize that can be awarded. Lost in that statement is the distinction between a college EDUCATION and a college DEGREE.

    Smart readers will be thinking: HEY, your athletes aren’t getting an education! But your speaker doesn’t have to respond to that criticism the way you’ve structured this argument because he never hears it. The “conversation” is one-sided.

    Not only will this disappoint readers who want their objections considered, it deprives your argument of nuance.

    This speaker’s arrogance and disdain for the players is obvious. So . . . why should he pretend that he thinks they’re getting educated? And why should he have to ignore the fact that few scholarship athletes keeps their scholarships through four years and successfully graduate? If he’s REALLY cynical, and if he’s addressing an audience of likewise cynical ADs, then he can confront these facts with impunity and make your case more strongly.

    Does that sound like a good strategy for revising?
    I need your feedback on the feedback process, Wazoo, to keep this conversation going.

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