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.
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