Sports Networks : The Surprising Saviors Of American Education

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Sports Networks: The Surprising Saviors of American Education During the 1980s, Ronald Reagan’s budget proposal consisted of a $2.3 billion cut in federal financial aid by raising restrictions on student loans and Pell grants (Spero par 1-2). Why would Reagan want to do this? Reagan’s secretary of education, William J. Bennett, formulated an idea known as the Bennett hypothesis. Bennett suggested that an increase in federal aid money accelerates tuition rates spikes thus making it harder for poor students to attend university despite the good intentions of federal aid expansions (Stainburn par. 3-5). Was Bennett correct? The price of college since 1980 to 2010, adjusted for inflation, increased by 439% even though Pell grant funding…show more content…
19). While both sides make valid arguments, I believe they are playing a game of tug-of-war that is not leading to a solution. Before I propose an alternative solution, some may ask what importance this issue holds in modern society. Education, as claimed by Nelson Mandela, is “the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” (“Nelson Mandela”). In Mandela’s eyes, education is the means for a better future. Education must remain accessible and affordable for the average person otherwise those people, who are children today, will struggle to have the same opportunities as their parents did. Furthermore, America would fail to compete with other nations if it fell behind in education thus negatively affecting every citizen. Given these reasons, I propose a different solution that does not deal with federal aid and student loans or tuition-free university systems. EPSN, CBS Sports, and NFL Network are all television networks that broadcast college sports. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) recently made a $6 billion deal with ESPN and a $10.8 billion deal with CBS Sports for broadcasting rights (Bachman par. 1-2; “CBS Sports…” par. 1). According to the NCAA website, the non-profit association states “all but 4 percent of NCAA revenue is either returned directly to member conferences and institutions or used to support championships and programs that benefit
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