A pretty cool thing, with all its pageantry, tradition, and beauty, and our Utah Utes right in the middle of it all. But I worried that it got so big, so much money involved, I figured someday some sort of huge scandal would cause it to come crashing down, most likely coming from the SEC.
Nope, it started with California governor Hair Gel (signing state legislature bill SB-206), permitting college athletes to participate as full fledged professionals. The NCAA initial response being staunchly opposed, and two weeks later summarily surrendering (et tu brute).
What is somewhat surprising is the amount of people in favor of it, unable to see over the horizon to all the future negative ramifications. I assume this is mostly people who are not really that much into collegiate football in the first place.
It’s pretty pathetic seeing Mitt Romney chime in in support, somehow the self-appointed judge of this matter. He needs to find a real job, leave our game alone.
A high school student with a C average who is 6’5” tall and 300lbs who happens to participate in a made up pretend game gets awarded a scholarship to Stanford annually worth; $53,000 tuition, books, fees, etc., $19,000 room and board, $4,000 stipend, etc. Oh the downtrodden, the injustice. Oops, I forgot, everybody is a victim these days. But now that’s not enough, some star player could receive another fifty thousand, one hundred thousand, who knows how much additional per year.
It’s good Rice-Eccles expansion is limited to 51K. There’s liable to be a significant amount of disillusioned and disinterested fans.
I haven’t watched an NFL game in 4 years, to quote retired L.A. Dodger hall of fame announcer Vin Scully, “Won’t ever watch again for the rest of my life”. I haven’t watched an NBA game in 5 years. D-I college basketball will likewise be ruined.
Many people won’t care about the change. To each their own.
Hopefully the Utes can get to the Rose Bowl before this takes effect, while it still means something to me.
It’s hard to swallow all the so called “improvements” to various pop culture institutions. Political/social pundit Victor Davis Hanson described much it for me in an article titled The Alienated American (Americanus alienatus).
It’s kind of sad. It’s been a part of myself and family for decades.
The good news is, Alta is almost good to go, I got a season pass, and there’s a $200 round trip three times daily direct flight Santa Barbara-SLC.