I don't get the part of the article, where the author is complaining about the spending on the Athletics??
I mean, the football programs like where I went to school, MORE than pay for themselves, they prop up all the other non-revenue generating sports.
It isn't like student tuition is going to college athletics, in fact from the schools I know. the athletics are subsidizing the rest of the school...
I grew up in the south, I'm talking about schools like U of AL, LSU, the schools in MS...etc.
Is that not the way it is in other school conferences?
I'm not actually a huge sports fan myself, but c'mon if you're going to bitch, at least get the fact right on who is spending who's money where.
I agree it is atrocious what colleges are doing today...but let's be fair about the money accusations.
That's because everyone has forgotten the basic reason for colleges and universities. Places where people can go and learn, get an education, and/or research. Instead it has become a circus for sports - with its attendant media coverage, fan following, controversies, and what not.
I absolutely respect the need for entertainment and sports. I love it myself. But why the heck are colleges even involved in this racket? And it IS a racket. A racket that media houses and "the suits" that own sport franchises and clubs do extremely well.
So while you say sports should not be brought up in this discussion because it pays for itself, I say that is precisely the problem. Colleges now fancy themselves to be big businesses, sport franchises, media houses, and what not. And it should not be this way. And it is the students and their families that pay the price - literally.
Heck, this whole notion of profit and loss should not even be the primary point of discussion when you talk about colleges and hospitals. I'm an ardent believe in free markets and capitalism, but damn, these two things are so massively screwed up. If any organization's duty (in a capitalistic setup) is to its stakeholders, then these idiots needs to realize that when it comes to colleges and hospitals, their primary stakeholders are the people who patronize their services. Not frickin sport fans and beer bars.
Sorry for the rant. I'm terrified to think how horrible the system is going to be when my kid grows up.