American Intercollegiate Sporting Has Come A Long Way Since The New York Times

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American intercollegiate sporting has come a long way since the humble beginning of 1852, where the two great universities Yale and Harvard butted heads in Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire. The two rowing teams started something in America that has changed sports for ever. College sports in America, in more cases than not, have become the face of the academic institutions that they represent. Laura Pappano says it the best, sports writer from the New York Times, “Nine of 10 people don’t understand what you are saying when you talk about research universities. But you say ‘Michigan’ and they understand those striped helmets running under the banner.” College sports have become larger than a genuine competition between institutions. It has…show more content…
US News gives this following numbers, CBS and Turner Broadcasting gain more than $1 billion all in favor of a $700,000 ad rate for a 30 second commercial placement. Not all the revenue is for the school to keep, it is shared along NCAA executives, such athletic directors and coaches. According to reports from USA Today, NCAA association president,Mark Emmert was credited with a salary of $1.7 million in the year 2011. All coming from an organization that forbids athletes with impressive talent to gain from their unique talent, yet he marvelously receives an annual check congratulating him for his work. Marc is not the only person benefiting, USA Today also states, that 40 out of the 50 states have the highest paid public employee being a head coach. It is not surprising that Nick Saban, head coach of the football team at University of Alabama, has recently picked a $7.1 million dollar annual salary, according to 2015 NCAAF coach salary report. His take home pay exceeding the average wage of a Tuscaloosa public teacher by over 160 times. Despite enormous revenues NCAA members continue to reject the distribution of the revenue with the athletes creating that revenue. Most universities and their programs expend a large amount of time and effort recruiting athletes. Athletes must endure a very rigorous process of receiving a scholarship. Scholarships are not easily given out. Once a recruiter has identified an athlete of possessing the potential skills and abilities,
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