March Madness AKA Spring Hysteria
The spring hysteria known as March Madness has descended upon us once again, and like every year I am conflicted, wrestling with a moral high ground and pure enjoyment. Is it wrong to watch these amateur athletes compete for their part of history? I usually lean towards the side of it’s absolutely not wrong, and yet I continue to struggle with it. Let’s look at the numbers.
Combined the NCAA will collect around $800 million, making up nearly 75% of their annual gross income. For one damn tournament. Where does all that money go? That’s where it gets complicated. The NCAA keeps some of it for administration and funding future tournaments, then the rest goes to a very unfair split between the conferences. The largest of which getting the larger piece and the smallest getting the least. No wonder the big schools got caught paying these amateur athletes, they just have too much money. Now how can this be corrected?
There have been many theories on how to fix this broken system, and you might have heard this before, but I’m going to say it anyway. If the NCAA was serious about stomping out the rampant corruption surrounding it’s biggest schools they would do this. PAY THE PLAYERS. It’s that simple. They could even delay the payments so they can keep their ‘amateur’ status intact. Agree or disagree, they’re getting free labor while making billions of dollars. It just isn’t right. It sure is fun to watch though, so I suppose I will just continue to be conflicted while I indulge in the excitement year after year.
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