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  1. Dogday88

    Dogday88 GoComics PRO Member said, 4 months ago

    If you want a really funny take on the intersection of sports and intellectualism, find the Firesign Theater skit on what a football team at the University of Chicago would be like. “Excuse me, coach. It’s not really so much an oval as it is a spheroid.” “I’m sorry, chappie, I think the coach may have it right…” “You want me to put my hands WHERE??!? Oh, I really don’t think THAT’s necessary!” Much funnier than that. And MUCH funnier than football unions. Wellll, maybe not.

  2. Ruff

    Ruff GoComics PRO Member said, 4 months ago

    Why should colleges have a department that teaches future NFL players football? With coaches and staff that make many times more than professors. Only in the US of A.

  3. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, 4 months ago

    Their full ride scholarships DO tend to make them “employees”.

  4. Tigger

    Tigger GoComics PRO Member said, 4 months ago

    If they do Unionize and strike because they are not paid, then that will be the end of Collegiate Sports, and the Pro Teams would be hard pressed to find players to replace the players retiring.

  5. Jase99

    Jase99 said, 4 months ago

    @Tigger

    College is supposed to be a place where students get an education. Perhaps we could compromise and offer a sports degree where playing the game is the actual education. You could then continue to get trained players for league games without the deception that the players are their to learn anything other than how to play the game.

  6. gammaguy

    gammaguy said, 4 months ago

    If they have the right to unionize, then this would seem to establish either one or both of two potential legal principles.

    1. They are “employees”, and therefore “professionals”, and not eligible to participate in “amateur” competitions (including the Olympics). And this would necessarily be true for other sports, as well.2. Other groups of students — the halftime marching band, the senior class, the debating club, maybe even the mathematics department? — should have the same right.

  7. masterskrain

    masterskrain GoComics PRO Member said, 4 months ago

    So, Chris Christie is getting into College Sports??

  8. Tigger

    Tigger GoComics PRO Member said, 4 months ago

    @Jase99

    That is exactly the point I wanted you to see

  9. Tigger

    Tigger GoComics PRO Member said, 4 months ago

    @masterskrain

    No, President Obama is getting into College Sports.

  10. Jase99

    Jase99 said, 4 months ago

    @Tigger

    That’s not the point I got from your post. Your post reads as if you were against unionization because you want to keep the status quo. At least that’s how I interpreted it.

  11. ron2nips

    ron2nips said, 4 months ago

    This will change the games and the Sports who watch the games of the Sports who are the Sports of the game.

  12. Zuhlamon

    Zuhlamon said, 4 months ago

    To Tigger and If my words (etc) , Jase99 said it best: Your post reads as if you were against unionization because you want to keep the status quo
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    As I’ve posted before, what the college players want is not to be paid (and, according to straw man doom and gloom ffrom conservatives, destroy The Game). What they want is to have organized NCAA sports listen to their legitimate grievances and amend the rules so the players are not risking their health and education that might adversely impact the rest of their lives. These are some of the problems they want addressed:
    > Scholarships are renewed annually, based on performance. Players want the scholarship guaranteed for a college degree if the player is injured during training or on the field of play.
    > Players want medical insurance sufficient to cover expenses in the event of injuries incurred in training or on the field of play.
    > Players are required to attend a rigorous training schedule before, during, and after school hours, plus the grueling competition series. They want there to be a limit on how much of their free time is required, so they can pursue their studies.
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    It is only a tiny fraction of players who move on to the pros, contrary to what the conservative, knee-jerk anti-unionists want you to believe.
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    If it was your son or daughter out there on the playing field literally risking their education and future health, would YOU want some assurance that their best interests have at least as much importance as the revenues for good ol’ State College?

  13. churchillwasright

    churchillwasright said, 4 months ago

    @Zuhlamon

    Actually, I think they also want some sort of remuneration for their likeness being used in sports merchandising.

    And I think they have some other valid requests. The one’s I’ve heard sound reasonable.

    But this could be settled without a union (IMHO).

  14. saywhatwhat

    saywhatwhat GoComics PRO Member said, 4 months ago

    The caricature of unions as thugs is disgusting. Typical of corporate propaganda.

  15. emptc12

    emptc12 said, 4 months ago

    Professional sports comprise an entertainment industry more lucrative than most product industries. I hate to say it, but maybe colleges should allow their sports players to major in Sports Studies to prepare for careers in that industry.
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    Sports Studies would encompass media communication and specialized business courses, as well as tactical plays for various sports. Then, if a student does not become a player, he or she could still use athletic talents and interest to work in fields tangent to actually being on the playing field.
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    Many people would react in horror to this idea, but let’s be realistic. Sports are Big Business. Entertainment is a product. Both are big parts of the economy. Children that have skills in these areas should be encouraged to develop those skills, and then to benefit from them in lasting careers.

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