Is it still true that they're given bogus degrees to study?
Is it still true that their coaches and the NCAA bosses earn $millions off their backs?
Is it still true that 98% of them won't go on to be professional football players?
Is it still true that college sports in the USA is exploitation akin to slavery?
Or has it all changed in the last year or so?
Gladiator slaves lived like sultans too.
(Well, 2% of them did.)
I don't see it lasting much longer, and sincerely hope it doesn't.
Why on earth not have professional football youth academies? Young soccer players who get injured before reaching the A team at least leave having earned a decent wage before their dream was destroyed; these guys are out on the sidewalk with less than nothing if that happens - no degree, no work experience, no money for medical bills.
(how's my American?)
Many aspects of how we organize our economies endure because "it's always been this way," or "people in that economic sector don't have it as bad as people in this other economic sector, so they shouldn't complain," etc.
On the other point, I'm struggling to think of another industry that generates so much money in which the main stars get none of it.
Can anyone imagine proposing such a system for any other profession? Apprenticeships are similar, but there's a job at the end, not a 2% chance of a job. Unpaid internships are another bug-bear of mine, but kind of an inverted NCAA system where wealthy people can afford to work for free to get experience. But i won't mention that here...
- It varies: many get no degree, some receive dubious degrees and some have legit degrees
- Absolutely, coaches and the NCAA make many millions.
- Overall, few turn pro. Of the Alabama-OSU players who actually played (as opposed to just on the roster) a much larger percent will be pro at least briefly (although it may still be less than half.)
- Exploitative? Yes. Slavery? No, that's a bit too hyperbolic.
- It is changing slowly with collective action by players (e.g., Missouri), changing rules on transfer and eligibility, and, likely, the right to name/image/likeness licensing in 2021-22.