Originally Posted by jojo
I can't believe some are apparently unwilling to admit that athletic revenue is substantially enhancing the education mission of major universities while trying to suggest football revenue is being directed to a few fat cats.
It absolutely does. If I were a soccer players at a college, or the parent of a soccer player, I would be unbelievably thankful for the schools football and basketball programs. They've put my kid through college. But I'd argue with "substantially". For example, Ohio State gives out 400 athletic scholarships. In a student body of over 50,000, that is a fairly small number. (In the interest of full disclosure, I'm sure OSU would give out more but that is the maximum amount allowed by the NCAA for the sports OSU fields.)
As for the overall effect on a school, that is undeniable. OSU wouldn't be OSU without football Saturdays. I went to OU, and fall Saturdays were just another day. When I went to UK for graduate school, I got a feel for that sort of atmosphere and it was amazing. I would never argue that college sports don't have some sort of value. Ask Miami, whose applications jumped dramatically during the 80's when their football team got good.
But, none of those facts change the premise of the argument here. OSU fans wouldn't abandon their tailgating on Saturdays if Braxton Miller got a little money on top of his scholarship. Why would they care about money? All we are talking about is how the pie that already exists is divided.