Originally Posted by Probably_in_Class
You're so off base here. Comparing the two is a slap in the face to anyone who actually endured slavery. The only point I've continually seen you make is that players work for "only" room and board, just like slaves. This is completely false. Whether you believe it or not, the free education is a MAJOR benefit. Also:
Athletes are treated to extremely impressive meals daily.
They have access to free tutors to aid in their studies. They have access to note takers so they don't have to even take their own notes in classes.
They have access to professional grade training facilities, trainers, and dieticians.
They spend countless hours with multi-million dollar coaching staffs who are tasked with building them into million dollar athletes.
They are given a ridiculous amount of free clothing.
They receive per diem pay when on campus while classes are not in session.
They are rewarded for strong performance with items like bowl presents and diamond championship rings.
I could list off another 20 or so benefits for college athletes, so in no way are these guys anything like slaves.
Don't get stuck on the slavery bit. Football is not like slavery in many ways. Kind of sorry I said it. But college ball is huge business. The integral part of that business, the players, should get some of the money. ESPN + CBS payed huge money for the rights to broadcast football. They did not pay with CBS parkas and ESPN hats. All the stuff given to players can be changed or altered without the players consent. Academic standards can be changed without the players consent. Coaches come and go altering guys careers (many timed for the worse) without the players having any control or input. AD's get thousands in bowl bonuses and players get stuff they have to pawn to get cash. AJ Green sold a jersey for chump change that Georgia easily could have PAID him. The players play a game that generates tangible, immediate money that makes coaches and schools rich and some of that cash should trickle down to the players IMO, obviously not yours. I can leave it at that. Posted via VolNation Mobile