Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Terry Crews Explains NCAA Hypocrisy

I had this whole post about the NCAA planned out, but then something strange happened: Terry Crews took to Twitter and basically made all my points for me.

Yep, this guy.
This guy.

First a little background... The other day, Louisville guard Kevin Ware's shin decided it no longer wanted to be part of his leg, and it chose the nationally-televised Elite Eight game as its big coming out moment.

Ware's an NCAA student-athlete, uncompensated for his trouble beyond a scholarship (but unable to work a job because of the demands of his particular scholarship), and this injury at least puts the "athlete" part of the equation in jeopardy.

Since he's not a one-and-done who could have gone pro without the forced year-long pitstop in college basketball, this injury doesn't immediately affect Ware's future earnings, but that very situation happened this year. Nerlens Noel was the consensus #1 NBA prospect coming into the season, marooned in Kentucky for a season, and he blew out his knee. He may still enter next year's draft but he probably won't go #1. And if he stays at Kentucky, he'd be further postponing millions in earnings (and for which there is a pretty small window in which he can make that kind of money). Viable NBA career or not, Kevin Ware's gaaaaahhhhhhIdon'tthinklegsaresupposedtobendlikethat moment was just a more viscerally horrifying example of the same problem.

Since I can't ever just let things be, Ware's injury got me thinking about the hypocrisies of the NCAA profiting obscenely off athletes like Ware, who cannot get workman's comp later in life because of his status as student-athlete (and not an employee). His surgery and rehab will be covered, but if this injury reoccurs later in life, the NCAA is not liable.

These are the things I think about. Because my brain works like that. Kevin Ware's leg gives Joe Theissman sympathy pains (at this point, I'm just trying to come up with ways to make our EiC squirm) and I start thinking about institutional flaws and corruption. These are also things Terry Crews thinks about.

It started pretty innocuously...

Then pretty much went straight to the heart of the problem.

That's a strong argument, and I've seen many people advocate making sports a major, along the lines of dance or many performing arts (for which you can also get a scholarship).

But Terry's not done yet....

By the way, the "I'll wait..."s are just perfect.

The NCAA makes a lot of money off these players but claims that it's indirect. For instance, in video games the players are represented accurately (height, weight, race, skills, etc.) but just without names. Because people buy the games for NCAA brand instead of to play with their favorite players, of course.

Moving in for the kill...

"When did the NCAA become a pro sports league and not about the students?"

"When they sold the rights for a billion."

Well played, Terry.

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