Without my usual session with Kornheiser and Wilbon, there's a Natinals game on with two guys I don't know. Or ever, since I'll be switching to something else soon enough. Not only because one of them is bloviating about "participation trophies" for juveniles; as in, they're bad policy. And sounding angry about it. I suppose he's all for six year olds' Social Darwinism.

On the other hand, college "student-athletes" regularly partake of participation trophy education.

The NCAA does not require a 2.000 GPA for most athletes until the start of the senior year. The NCAA only requires that athletes pass six hours each semester.

Back when I was in college, ungraded and/or pass-fail courses became fancied in the general curriculum. They've since faded, largely, from the scene. Except, of course, for college jocks.

There were still plenty of athletes who were enrolled in each school's "eligibility" major, with sociology, psychology, criminal justice, and sports management being common destinations.

Participation trophies by any other name. The reading problem never seems to get fixed.

Linda Bensel-Meyers, who worked for Tennessee until 2003, said a university-hired psychologist would diagnose learning disabilities in athletes and put them in a program without the graduation requirements set for other students.

"Many of the records I looked at revealed that these athletes came to us essentially illiterate and still left the school functionally illiterate," Bensel-Meyers told CNN.

It's even more blatant some other places.

Most of the classes are graded on a pass-or-fail scale
Many of the universities that boast the nation's most recognizable and successful football programs offer participation credits in football and other sports. Brigham Young, Florida State, Georgia, Nebraska, Ohio State and Penn State, all winners of a football national championship during the past 25 years, also have similar policies in place.

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Comment by Robert Young on May 30, 2017 at 5:24am

as is well documented:  "big college" sports is a money maker.  so, they pay the "help" minimally in the form of scholarship, but now that isn't considered enough.  many want such "student/athletes" to be paid a wage/salary.  there was a time, either before the NCAA (which I think is the case; would need to look it up) or its early days (less likely by my memory), when colleges did pay their football players to just play football. 

higher education provides pro sports (even baseball these days, unlike earlier) with cost free minor leagues.  and the Quisling administration wants to cut support for the real work of education.  Social Darwinism in the White House.  Populism?  just a Big Lie to get elected.  it worked.  largely because all those shit kickers in the Empty States are too stupid to see that they'd been played.

Comment by koshersalaami on May 30, 2017 at 5:42am

Interesting take, a lot like the Republican objection to welfare for the poor but not for the rich

Comment by Robert Young on May 30, 2017 at 6:00am

-- elaborate?

the most often discussed "billionaire's welfare" with pro sports is the high amount of subsidy they get for their stadia from taxpayers.  last I looked, the majority such stadia are paid for by taxpayers.  I don't remember the latest one to be abandon by its team (Oakland?) with mortgage still to be paid by taxpayers. 

Comment by koshersalaami on May 30, 2017 at 7:04am


There are all sorts of tax breaks geared specifically toward the wealthy, as well as corporate tax breaks resulting in major corporations paying no taxes. Personal tax breaks for the wealthy don't buy the country anything. Way lower taxes on investments than labor. Low inheritance taxes. Money given to the wealthy by the government, largely for the fallacious reason of freeing up capital for investment that creates jobs. However, as Bush 43 inadvertently proved, if you give the wealthy extra tax breaks in the current climate, they just pocket them and we get something called a Jobless Recovery. Such a plan only works if capital is in short supply and, as Robert can tell you, that's the exact opposite of our current situation. 

Comment by koshersalaami on May 30, 2017 at 7:50am


My comment was about extra privileges for the privileged. I got the reference to participation trophies. 

Comment by Ron Powell on May 30, 2017 at 8:47am

$252 Million Deal to Extend Sponsorship at Ohio StateExtends contract by 15 years, escalates an arms race over shoes and gear

Michigan’s new Nike contract dwarfs Ohio State’s

Ohio State University can probably go ahead and look forward to a lucrative payday when it's time to sign a new athletic apparel contract for 2018 and beyond.

Its rival the University of Michigan has landed a 15-year, $169 million deal with Nike Inc., leaving Adidas for what's likely the largest-ever contractbetween an apparel company and a university.


Associated Press

U.S. judge sides with athletes challenging NCAA compensation rules in O'Bannon case

August 8, 2014 6:39 PM

Associated Press

A federal judge has ruled that the NCAA can’t stop college football and basketball players from selling the rights to their names and likenesses, opening the way to athletes getting payouts once their college careers are over.

In a landmark decision issued Friday (read it below or click here), U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled in favor of former UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon and 19 others in a lawsuit that challenged the NCAA’s regulation of college athletics on antitrust grounds.


There's something, unethical, immoral, and obscene about what goes on here.

Comment by Robert Young on May 30, 2017 at 8:49am

-- There's something, unethical, immoral, and obscene about what goes on here.

ah, it's nothing personal, just business!! :):)


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