Friday, March 20, 2009

Blizzard: on the NCAA Tournament

On those bogus "lost productivity" numbers (Jack Shafer in Slate).

On who profits and who doesn't (Dave Zirin in The Nation).

On the cost of basketball programs to the schools (Andrew Zimbalist in The Wall Street Journal, via The Edge of the American West).


  1. It's a shame that Dave Zirin thinks a free college education is 'nothing'. Also a shame that many of the athletes treat it the same way. I'm not sure that cutting them in on the profits will do anything positive towards fixing that.

  2. Anonymous6:14 PM

    Welcome to the Big East, Bruins!
    Physical play they could not handle.

  3. The college provides the students the scholarship. And in general, it doesn't bother me that the colleges benefit from student-athletes' performances--colleges ask all of their students to contribute to the college community in various ways.

    What bothers me is that the private corporations profit from the student-athletes' performances, and what are those private corporations giving the students in return? The colleges give the students scholarships; the businesses that profit just get to exploit free labor/entertainment.

  4. Anonymous9:40 PM

    Agreed. College gives the education(money). Kids play. Business profits. Does business contribute to colleges? Probably thru donations and advertising.
    Players see their jersey sold for $50 and their name on the back. Their take on that, nothiing. NCAA makes money, college makes money, kids do get an education. Hoefully they take advantage of that.