First of all, I like college sports. But they are awful. The NCAA model was fine a hundred years ago. The problems with it now are so many and so big that I barely know where to begin. It really comes down to one thing, though. Money.
The cash grab has broken the NCAA to the point that I do not think it’s fixable. An industry that generates billions can’t pay most of its workforce by its own rules. At the highest levels, the concept of student athletes is laughable. Everyone knows it. College basketball might be the biggest joke thanks to one and done nonsense, but wait, college football is really no better. Many players don’t have a major. They’re just playing to make their coaches and universities and conferences boatloads of money. Corruption and rule-breaking are completely within the norm. But when you’re televising a big game or hoisting a trophy, you don’t really care what the odds are of this championship being vacated five years down the road.
In my opinion, college sports should be club sports that aren’t televised or played in 100,000 seat stadiums. There should be for-profit developmental leagues for the very top players in their given sports where they can actually get paid. The guys who have no business going to college. This will never, ever happen. It can’t happen. This is why the problem is unfixable. So, as much as I really do enjoy watching college football and basketball, I almost feel dirty about it at the same time. Anyone else feel that way?