The End Of The Charade

If you’re not interested in sports you should probably skip the first part of this post…


Yesterday, the US Supreme Court, in the words of Andrew Brandt, “took a torch to the NCAA’s stance on amateurism and the ‘way things have always been done.'” In a unanimous ruling, the Court said that limits on education-related benefits for student-athletes were a violation of antitrust law. Paul Finebaum, king of the SEC airwaves and a very intelligent person, said, “This is the end of the NCAA as we know it. The funeral hasn’t happened yet…but it’s OVER for the NCAA.”

Yes, the ruling was unanimous. Whatever happened to the misguided wailing about a Supreme Court that would forever be ideologically divided and the bullsh*t plan to add justices? Most things said by people who are blinded by ideology are wrong. Actually, the history of the Supreme Court tells us that justices often do not vote the way in which they were expected when appointed.

Here is an excerpt from the opinion written by Justice Kavanaugh,


“Nowhere else in America can businesses get away with agreeing to not pay their workers a fair market rate on their theory that their product is defined by not paying their workers a fair market rate. The NCAA is not above the law. [emphasis mine]”


Sounds to me like he is almost begging someone to sue the NCAA for compensation for student-athletes and signaling how he would likely vote. If head football coaches can be paid $9 million a year, like Alabama’s Nick Saban and Clemson’s Dabo Swinney, then players can and should be paid.

Some have criticized the idea of paying players in the sports that bring in all of the revenue because that would mean the end of other collegiate sports. My answer is, so?! If mens cross country or womens field hockey are no longer offered at the intercollegiate level, so what? No one has a right, constitutional or otherwise, that their sport must be offered in college.

I think it’s inevitable that college football and basketball players will be paid. In my opinion, the bulk of those earnings should be held in escrow until the player uses up his eligibility or otherwise leaves the school. Perhaps the amount would increase depending on how long the player stays. Players should also receive financial education.

When free agency came to baseball the owners said that would be the end of the sport. Well, the ruling that paved the way for free agency was made in December, 1975. As far as I can tell, major league baseball is still being played. College sports will survive paying players. The proposed expansion of the College Football Playoff will literally add billions of dollars in revenue every year. I think some of that can be shared with the players who make it possible. The charade of amateurism in an endeavor that generates billions in revenue will and should come to an end.


This is my kind of Fiero.


LS4-Powered 1987 Pontiac Fiero GT


This picture link will probably break shortly, but this is a 1987 Pontiac Fiero fitted with a 5.3 liter LS4 V-8 engine. The engine is mated to a four-speed automatic transaxle. While I think the wheels are a tad too large for the size of the car, I think the car looks sharp.

The car was bid to $15,500 on Bring A Trailer on June 20, but didn’t sell. Since Fieros like this are very rare, this car will not appear in my Ultimate Garage 3.0, if it is published. I sure like it, though.







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8 thoughts on “The End Of The Charade

  1. The Supreme Court with its rulings this month is proclaiming its independence and ruling as it should on the evidence and merits of each case. Nine intelligent, reasoning people know how to decide cases.

    A Fiero with the ubiquitous LS GM engine makes for a unique restomod. More, more cried the car nut.


    1. Thanks, Philip. Seems as though many of the recent decisions have been made unanimously, including the one involving Catholic Social Services and LGBTQ couples in Philadelphia.


  2. I never have been much of a sports fan, the exception being hockey which I played when I was a wee McGee. After high school my interest in playing/watching dwindled to almost nothing. Much to my surprise, I was bored while in the hospital with the 17 channels they had, and ended up watching a playoff game. I noticed a lot of changes, mainly less fighting and more skating. Also a tremendous amount of players of eastern European descent. And I actually enjoyed watching it, to the point I’ve been watching while laid up at home. Probably once I get fully back on my feet, I won’t watch it as much, but for now it’s better than most of the drivel on the lobotomy box.

    I see nothing wrong with college athletes getting some form of payment, as long as that money isn’t being taken from education (even as sorry as some of it is) budgets. Most of the “high profile” sports; football, basketball, and perhaps in the north even ice hockey, bring in huge sums of money. The one thing I would hope is it doesn’t open up “bidding wars” to get a recruit to commit to a particular program.


    1. Thanks, DDM. Glad to read watching hockey filled some of your recovery time.

      Do you know how much revenue is generated every year by top-tier NCAA football/basketball programs? The best estimate is that for 2019 Alabama sports, mainly football, had $164 million in revenue AND that wasn’t in the top five among NCAA schools. Three “schools” generated more than $200 million: Texas, Texas A&M and Ohio State.

      Schools can pay their players out of sports revenue AND can increase that revenue with the inevitable increase in corporate sponsorship that will occur. I think every player should receive the same amount of money, but it’s not up to me and, of course, incentive will exist to cheat whatever rules may exist.


      1. I suspected the revenue generated to be high, but had no idea it was THAT high. I should have, given the amount of “officially licensed merchandise” one sees around and the ticket prices for sold out stadiums that hold 80,000+ fans. A friend of mine’s brother pays around $10,000 per year which allows him to BUY season tickets. Heck of a racket, the Mafia would be proud.


      2. It wouldn’t be that difficult for many schools to commit to paying their players a collective $5 million a year. Since Nick Saban and Dabo Swinney get paid $9 million each to coach, I think $5 million for the entire roster is hardly greedy. Think about what it could do for the student-athletes, though.


  3. A career-changing ruling for amateur athletes for sure. I have always thought there should be some middle ground between zero compensation and full-out bidding wars. Given the comments in the ruling, I expect there will be more changes to come.

    That is one nice Fiero.


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