The Shame of College Sports
May 14, 2014 2:06 AM   Subscribe

“Why,” asked Bryce Jordan, the president emeritus of Penn State, “should a university be an advertising medium for your industry?”

Vaccaro did not blink. “They shouldn’t, sir,” he replied. “You sold your souls, and you’re going to continue selling them. You can be very moral and righteous in asking me that question, sir,” Vaccaro added with irrepressible good cheer, “but there’s not one of you in this room that’s going to turn down any of our money. You’re going to take it. I can only offer it.”
Taylor Branch talks about the history of the NCAA, how it started and keeps making quite a lot of money off the back of unpaid college athletes and why this is wrong.
posted by MartinWisse (3 comments total)

This post was deleted for the following reason: Double. -- goodnewsfortheinsane

Another quote from the article: The United States is the only country in the world that hosts big-time sports at institutions of higher learning.
posted by twoleftfeet at 2:17 AM on May 14, 2014 [1 favorite]

Sort of the Elephant in the living room stadium, eh?
posted by HuronBob at 4:12 AM on May 14, 2014

posted by Horace Rumpole at 4:14 AM on May 14, 2014 [1 favorite]

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