Gambling has nothing to do with have anything to do with human abilities. What does it have to do with higher education? If it’s in the first place, why aren’t the employees and the players being paid? Big-time football doesn’t concern extracurricular activities. It’s about entertainment that generates revenue. It’s not football. Lawyers are the culprits. The way that minor college sports are dependent on this football monster could be an even bigger issue. Clemson All-American quarterback Trevor Lawrence, and Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields (the Big Ten offensive player of the year last season), met in Zoom to discuss the formation of the college players’ union. In reality, some of the biggest college players are now asking these and other questions.
First of all, there needs to be and should be an examination by the universities and the general public of how athletic departments function and why coaches earn millions of dollars; athletes aren’t paid. All other sports other than Division I basketball for men depends on football revenues to existing. We’ve reviewed our first experiences with slot machines and thought about the suggestions that we would have liked to have shared with us. Apart from the fact that people are now going completely cold turkey without their teams participating in this most American of games in the fall, There is a radical twang that is sweeping through our colleges. Patrick Rishe, Washington University’s director of the Sports Business Program, states that the 65 Power Five conference colleges have lost $4 billion without football.
The economic losses to local economies, athletic department giving, apparel manufacturers, corporate sponsorships, casino games and the tailgate profiteers are massive. If “minor” sports are beneficial for the country, I believe they are; then we need to find better ways to pay them at the top non-professional level. While it’s sometimes an excellent idea to make the most lucrative bet to win, I suggest using small bets to ensure secure and consistent winnings. Even if there’s a contrived spring season, there is an abundance of money being tossed at the wind that big schools would rather have English departments shut down rather instead of football. This is not even close to the economic impact of a season that is canceled.