Kain Colter Out to Ruin College Football
Newsflash: College football players are now the equivalent of factory workers in the 1890's, or so we might be led to believe. Former Wildcat Kain Colter has led a charge for college football players to unionize. According to Collegeboard.org, tuition, fees, and books at Northwestern cost over $47K. On campus room and board about another $14K. Those without athletic scholarships run then a four-year cost of over $240K. Add in a fifth year and you're talking more than $300K. However if you play football, you're given the equivalent of $60K a year not to mention an opportunity for millions in the NFL, personal tutoring and mentoring (gratis!) and the adoration of the rest of the student body. Memo to college coaches: if you wish to exploit my children in this manner please don't hesitate to call! For that matter, I'd happily shell out the coin myself if my kid can get accepted to Northwestern.
Raise your hand if there was someone offering you $60K a year as an 18-year old. Now compare it to your alternatives. Minimum wage? Maybe a construction job? The Army?
Certainly, some of the arguments about the inequities in college football resonate. The coaches can make $5 million a year. They can leave at the drop of a hat. A player that wishes to transfer must sit a year. You've got guys making hand over fist in cushy bowl president jobs. So it's easy to argument that some of the economics are flawed. Players can walk away with lingering health issues from injuries that occurred on the field.
However that doesn't make college football players coal miners either. You wonder if this sense of entitlement by the players would have been so strong if the Wildcats had performed like Florida State this year instead of missing out on all the bowl swag.
The impact on the game could be devastating. By turning the sport officially professional, the costs will skyrocket that much further. That means more dollars flowing from the schools into the athletic programs and more fleecing of the fans.
When the topic of greed comes up in college football, we now know it's not just limited to the coaches and administrators. Clearly, the players are guilty as well.