That question brings to mind other, notorious toughies like is the Pope Catholic, does Communist China trample human rights, is Dick McCormick a do-nothing university president?
“You basically have a massive wealth transfer from a smallish number of football and basketball players — a significant percentage of whom are racial minorities, and a significant percentage of whom are poor — to a group of nonrevenue sport athletes, male and female, who are disproportionately white and middle or upper-middle class,” says Penn State law professor Stephen F. Ross in a provocative Detroit Free Press story about the absolute unfairness of college sports.
As Freep columnist Michael Rosenberg asks:
“Why can schools make millions off their football and basketball players without paying them?
Because that is the only way they can make millions off them.”
It’s a good piece, read it. A Ray Rice is exploited so that a Greg Schiano — with a lifetime losing record coaching a team that is charitably called mediocre — can earn a staggering $1.8 million, making him New Jersey’s highest paid public employee.
Maybe the Rutgers boosters should turn in their red shirts for white sheets.
It might be more truthful packaging.