NCAA football is modern-day slavery

Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness once made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke calls for an end to NCAA rules prohibiting student athletes from making money.

Since it was founded in 1906, the National Collegiate Athletic Association has been responsible for the cesspool of corruption that has plagued college sports. It is impossible for the NCAA to continue business as usual in the wake of the mind-blowing allegations Yahoo! Sports has made against the University of Miami football and basketball programs. The ridiculous system preventing student athletes from getting paid or receiving anything of value must be scrapped.

More than a century of treating student athletes like indentured servants is finally catching up with the NCAA. How can anyone expect college players to be satisfied with just getting a scholarship and free room and board at a major university that rakes in tens of millions of dollars annually from conference television deals, bowl games, and the NCAA basketball tournament? It's downright ludicrous.

The people who run the NCAA need to have perspective and understand the environment where most major college athletes grew up. Roughly 95 percent of the athletes playing football and basketball are African-Americans who come from disadvantaged homes in the inner city. These kids are the only hope their families have of escaping financial and social ruin. When they sign letters of intent, they are essentially giving up basic freedoms. For starters, student athletes are not guaranteed full scholarships. A coach can take away a football player's scholarship at any point even if the kid is getting good grades and staying out of trouble.

And unlike kids who receive full academic scholarships, student athletes must surrender their right to work. So if you're an 18-year-old wide receiver with a baby, how can you help feed and care for your child? Even Olympians are allowed endorsement deals.

Furthermore, the recent scandals at Ohio State, Oregon, North Carolina, and other major schools show it is virtually impossible to keep tabs on what very single student athlete is up to. You can't punish them because they are acting their age. Seriously, what 19- or 20-year-old would turn down free drinks at a nightclub or a boat outing on Biscayne Bay?

The NCAA or universities should either start paying athletes or set up trusts with money earned from bowl games, basketball tournaments, and television contracts to share the wealth with the players.

It's time to emancipate college athletes.

 
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Aaron Beecher
Aaron Beecher

Why should they get paid? They're already receiving a free college education. That is more than enough!

Keenan
Keenan

They have their majors chosen for them. They live where they are told. Eat what they are told to eat. Workout more than they study or go to class. It's not an education. It's indentured servitude.

Cali
Cali like.author.displayName 1 Like

The education that these student-athletes get is a joke. The minute they step on campus, they're steered into the easiest majors and the easiest classes. The student-athletes in these revenue sports are revenue generators/athletes first, students second. That priority is made very clear to them from day one. Athletic departments employ a team of tutors to make sure these athletes stay eligible so they can study what's really important, the playbook. They may have a degree at the end, but a lot of them don't have much of an education. Do you think that diploma compares to the obscene amounts of money those players make for the university and coaches salaries? Fans aren't buying tickets and tuning into the games because of the coaches, it's the players. It's not slavery, but they're definitely exploited. This is semi-pro sports, minor leagues for the NFL and NBA. You wanna return a little purity to college sports, then do something like a salary cap for coaches, or have money generated used exclusively for educational purposes. Otherwise these sports will always be tainted by boosters and coaches who make a career out of flouting the rules.

Guest220
Guest220

For Starters your a prejudice black man!!! Furthermore, student atheletes get for the most part if recruited a full ride CHA-CHING getting paid and after there sophmore year the get stipens to live off campus. Wow and they complain about not getting paid. That is ridiculous. The went to the college they chose for the publicity and exposure, so I don't feel the least bit sorry for them not getting paid. Also, I do not think the players that are not involved should be penalized for those that "GET THERE'S!" I feel not only should those players be banned from ever playing that sport but pay back the scholarship money they have used up to that point and as far as the U, I also think the President should be held accountable and be forced to resign regardless if she fund raises and gets donations for the school any trained monkey can do the same or better job.

Keenan
Keenan

It is amusing what sort of trolls are able to use internet.

Shantier
Shantier like.author.displayName 1 Like

100 percent correct, Thank you Mr. Campbell for saying that so well.

Pukesgospelisalie
Pukesgospelisalie

Soupcooler Central: Puke, that bottom soupcooler of yours is what? A 3/4 pounder?

Mark B
Mark B

Uncle Luke proves that you can take homie out of the 'hood, but you can't take the 'hood out of homie. Luke sees no value in a college education, and that is a fundamental problem in the black community. Education has no value. Luke does a good job of validating that point. Even if you blow out your ACL as a college senior, as long as you've gotten good grades, you will have a diploma that you can use for the rest of your life. At UM you get a free education, books, food and a nice dorm room in Coral Gables. But that's not enough for Luke. I never heard of a slave being treated like that. I hope my son gets abused by the UM football program when he graduates from high school. It's better than graduating $200,000 in debt.....or not going to college. But not in Luke's eyes.

Keenan
Keenan

Let's say you can't choose your major. THEY choose it for you. Let's say you practice 6 hours a day and watch film/cross train for another 3. Let's say you rarely study, but pass all your classes. Let's say you are an NCAA athlete. Let's say you can't quit playing the sport cause you loose your scholarship. Let's say you loose your scholarship also means you pay back ALL the money already used. Let's say being bankrupt and possibly being sent to jail for money taken from the school isn't something you want. .... I would say you are an NCAA athlete.

Karensmithmachine
Karensmithmachine like.author.displayName 1 Like

I love how non-student athletes respond to questions like this with the same response. First of all Luke said MODERN DAY SLAVERY! not SLAVERY... Schools rake in to much money of these athletes. They need a fund at the end of their career. most of these athletes don't even have time for school work, because they are on the road or at practice, or in film, or doing outreach for a program that pays the coach 5 million a year to coach. This can not go on forever, and if it does more allegations will come up. These kids are very impressionable at that age and when you are broke, money makes everything better. So something needs to be done and yes its a Job playing sports, just like your full-ride academic student who has an opportunity to get a Job and get tuition payed for. It sucks for me to say this but when was the last time you seen a science bowl fill out a 30,000 capacity stadium and have multimillion dollar companies pay for advertisement. Thats right never!!! so open your eye's and let these guys get a little from the piggy bank "they deserve it" -GW-

scott b
scott b like.author.displayName 1 Like

comments saying that the D-1 student/athlete gets monthly spending money is wrong. These student/athletes are not even allowed to hold a campus sponsored job as every other regular student is allowed to!?!? How do we expect these student/athletes to support themselves as every other college student can? Holding a campus job is not the final answer, but can be a part of the solution? There are other comments that are saying that this is a race issue pertaining to black athletes? This is absurd. Yes, D-1 athletes go to school for free, which makes this an issue for a very small % of them who have a shot at a professional career. There are less than 450 NBA jobs, and less than 1600 jobs in the NFL!!!! The vast majority go on to hold everyday jobs like most people. The NCAA and their universities can sell the jersey worn by their student/athlete and make millions with that and the profits from TV, BCS bowl games and March Madness!?!? Where money is counted is where the corruption is!!!! When was the last tennis, water polo or lacrosse team scandal????

pghjim
pghjim

Is this some new Obama plan to redistribute the wealth to a bunch of football players who should kiss the soil they plan on because of the opportunity that they have. Most players could not go to college and actually get a degree if they weren't put in some special program and received special tutoring. NO pay to play programs for any college sports. Maybe colleges should just hire them to play the sports and not have them take up precious space in the class rooms. So then if they reallly want an education, they should pay for out of their salaries. Also the pros need to cut out these outrageously high salaries that in no way they deserve. The newbies in the pros can't handle all of the high salaries and most end up losing it all or become drug addicts.

Karensmithmachine
Karensmithmachine like.author.displayName 1 Like

I love how non-student athletes respond to questions like this with the same response. First of all Luke said MODERN DAY SLAVERY! not SLAVERY... Schools rake in to much money of these athletes. They need a fund at the end of their career. most of these athletes don't even have time for school work, because they are on the road or at practice, or in film, or doing outreach for a program that pays the coach 5 million a year to coach. This can not go on forever, and if it does more allegations will come up. These kids are very impressionable at that age and when you are broke, money makes everything better. So something needs to be done and yes its a Job playing sports, just like your full-ride academic student who has an opportunity to get a Job and get tuition payed for. It sucks for me to say this but when was the last time you seen a science bowl fill out a 30,000 capacity stadium and have multimillion dollar companies pay for advertisement. Thats right never!!! so open your eye's and let these guys get a little from the piggy bank "they deserve it" -GW-

Allyn A
Allyn A

Your retarded... Read a few books, educate yourself then come back and comment on a subject like this. Or just stick to stories that don't require intelligence.

Carlos Cruz
Carlos Cruz

Since you bring up being educated and having intelligence, the word you started the sentence with is incorrectly written. It is You're as in you are not your. I just couldn't resist.

BTW, how is reading a few books going to educate anyone on how most of these "student athletes" cannot even spell the word graduation after a 4-5 year free ride to a major university. I agree with pghjim. Pay them to play for the university and let them pay for an education if they so chosose to study.

Bebep
Bebep like.author.displayName 1 Like

Since you bring up being educated and having intelligence, great use of the word chosose.

PaulyG
PaulyG

This is the most ridiculous nonsense I've ever read. And I hate the people that say that these athletes are not getting paid. Yes they are. For example, at the University of Miami, they are getting paid $40,000 a year (which is roughly the cost of tuition) and are pretty much on a 4 year interview for a job in the NFL that will pay millions of dollars.

Anyone would kill for that opportunity. Also, if it wasn't for football, most of these idiots wouldn't even be able to attend college. So, get the fuck out of here with that bullshit. You want to get paid so badly, then quit motherfucker and get a job.

Keenan
Keenan

They don't get to choose their major. The coaches force these recruits to do specific PE/communication class majors to have them practice more. These guys don't get an education. They can't quit either. If they loose their scholarship, they have to pay everythng back and GUESS WHAT, they don't have the money. IF they don't get into the NFL (you know, that other 80 percent of the athletes), they are screwed. PaulyG = Ignoramus ding-bat.

Carlos Cruz
Carlos Cruz

PaulyG: And dont forget that along with tuition also comes room and board,books and any necessary classroom supplies plus meals and montly spending money.

PaulyG
PaulyG

You are exactly right. Thank you sir.

Allyn A
Allyn A like.author.displayName 1 Like

Wow, another dumb ass.

PaulyG
PaulyG

Your response clearly proves that, yes.

gatorcpa
gatorcpa

Luke's "solution" will fix nothing.

Pay the players $1,000 and someone will want $1,200. Pay them $10,000 and someone will want $12,000. Nothing wrong with that, it's human nature.

The bigger problem is why 17 and 18 year-olds have children in the first place. And that's not the NCAA's responsibility.

IMO, they should make college football more like college baseball, in that those players who want to turn pro can do so at any time and give up their scholarships. Just like anyone else.

Then tell the NFL to set up minor leagues to pay those players who have no desire to be in college at all. But that might shrink the money pot from television now, wouldn't it?

Allyn A
Allyn A

It's not about wants, it's more about needs. Take a step back and look at the situation. Stop looking from the point of view of a _______, and start looking at the TRUE REALITY of things. Luke is correct on everything he stated. Collage or not, people have lives to live.

I worked full-time while in Collage for all four years. These boys have no opportunity to do so.

I understand there on scholarship, but it's NOT A FREE RIDE. They work hard for it, at the same time there restricted from doing anything else... That's a deterrence of growth for anyone.

Example: NFL player is paid a yearly salary. They have the right to endorsements, or even play for other sports teams (Dion Sanders, etc)

Collage player: Paid in tuition (40,000 / 50,0000). Can only go to the school they play for, can't have an ordinary job, have to constantly work for the school.

One thing you guys fail to realize, these players are selected. You and i can't just say, hey Collage sports team, I'm good at that sport. Tell you want, I'm going to play for you, and your going to pay my tuition. DEAL...

So yes, anyone would kill for the Opp.. But anyone has NO CHANCE...

Carlos Cruz
Carlos Cruz

tell you want?? Collage?? your going to pay?? Four years of "college'? Allyn, you didn't pay for your tuition. You most probably were on a sports scholarship. Hence "your" inability to spell correctly.

Carlos Cruz
Carlos Cruz

"I understand there on scholarship" And you paid for college?? It's " they're on scholarship" If I were you Allyn, I'd be asking for a refund on your tuition because"Dey didnt learn you nothin!!!

Universalisa
Universalisa

@Carlos Cruz: are you implying that college grads don't misspell words? That is juvenile and silly. Your desire to poke fun at spelling rather than the points raised in his reply speaks volumes...you realize his points are valid. Why bother to ridicule the person just because you don't agree with what was written? It does not add any intellectual value at all.

ws
ws

New Times, maybe you guys can do better than this crap, this guy is as slimy if not more that Shapiro,

N. Lee
N. Lee

Luke, get an education! They don't have to take the scholarship that's offered, they could always try to get a scholarship by merit.

g2000
g2000

Luke, your triiiippppiiinggg holmes, get off of your high cloud and admit that you and your program fucked up. Its not the white man keeping you down when kids of all races get free rides and other percs. Im 99% sure the african american that is paying his/her way through school is shaking their head at this right now.

Tony Risi
Tony Risi

Interesting take, but I do not recall ever reading that slaves were given a free ride to instituitions of higher learning that cost the families of non-athletes upwards of $40K a year. Good try but nah ah.

bigalosu
bigalosu

Seriously? Your way off this time Unc!

Tom Olsen
Tom Olsen

Modern day slavery???? You have to be kidding me! Besides getting free educations at top rate schools alot of these clowns are destined to become pro and and make more in one year than I make in 15. Honestly...go fuck yourself.

Billy Ray Sumbich
Billy Ray Sumbich

Without the NCAA Football, where would these guys be?There is nobody holding a gun to a black boys head making him take a scholarship. If the blacks think a sports scholarship is "Modern Day Slavery" they are free to turn it down. There are plenty of whites who would jump at the opportunity for a free education.

Berk8
Berk8

The NCAA is an out of date entity. Their rule book is too big for even their own people to fully understand. This is a fact that has been admitted. The NCAA operates in their best interests first, that is "money". I am a former basketball player, I played D-3 hoops in the late 80's. But, I was involved in a few transgressions while in school. One was that became a national story for Miami's football team around the same time, the same for another D-1 football team. We all used a stolen phone card to make long distance phone calls. We racked up over 3 grand. No investigation, no suspensions, just paid back before we graduated!? Another more serious incident, involved getting caught selling fake drivers license. Was caught with state DMV property, and over 30 fake IDs were confiscated. A localized issue on campus. Slapped with 2 years probation and a $500 fine payable prior to graduation. a side note: The local magistrate in charge was a booster of my basketball team. See the hypocrisy!?!?! No money, no issue!!! I was also able to hold a job on campus. Got paid to open and close the student lounge. Made about 60 bucks per week. No scholarship, but was given plenty of grants and even a modest academic grant(scholarship) for a B student in High School.

Ifukedevalongoria
Ifukedevalongoria

If modern day slavery existed, you would be the first bluegum that would be chained. God almighty Puke!! Is there anything you would not call racism? Get a life and pay that child support you lazy ass racist bluegum.

Ifukedevalongoria
Ifukedevalongoria

You stupid saucerlipped porch monkey! 95% ? Thats some good shit you're smoking Puke! Do some research before you spew shit out of them soupcoolers boy! Everything with you is racism. Get a life asswipe. You and this mullet wrapper rag that prints your rants need to be sanctioned by Yahoo.

Will
Will

From Wikipedia's Luther Campbell article: "Campbell was also infamous in the late 1980s–early 1990s for his association with the University of Miami Hurricanes football team. In 1993, he also once threatened to go public with various violations by the University of Miami's athletic department, specifically their football program, if Ryan Collins, an African-American player, wasn't named their starting quarterback for that season." C'mon man! Conflicting views, don't you think? Stick to what you know, Luke. By the way, the second to last paragraph: "what very single student athlete", try "what EVERY single student athlete". Might have caught that one if you had an athletic scholarship to a university where education is valued over football.

Clo56
Clo56

Luke, this is the first article that you have written that I agree with. Fuck the NCAA and all the U's. They, as you said are banking millions and millions from these kids' athleticism. Pay them period. They deserve more than just an education. Hell man, it's 80 hours of practice and play and perhaps 20 hours of class.The U's will look the other way on GPA's as long as their yards per catch or run are there.

GSUAREZ
GSUAREZ

Could have predicted this entire column from an alumnus of the Al Sharpton School of Gimme Mines Univ. . Last I saw a four year stint at The U with room, board and books would top out at about $200K. The only reason a scholarship would be deemed worthless is because these guys too busy "keepin it real." Of course Edwin A goes one better and decides that it is the primary and secondary schools fault for not "preparing' them better. Boo hoo hooo! "See it's not my fault..it bees whitey's fault... agin." Either way it's just another case of the least intelligent demanding that society lower its standards to accomodate their failings.

EdwinA
EdwinA

Luke, if you want to emancipate college athletes, start a minor league with the NFL that will allow kids who do not care about earning an education can start their profession straight from high school.

I tend to agree that starting trust funds for these kids is an acceptable use of money, but only a handful of universities make money from athletics. And of those handful of schools, who is to say whether only the football and men's basketball players deserve money? All athletes, whether on full or partial scholarship, have to give up their rights to the NCAA.

Olympians can seek out endorsement deals because the Olympics has allowed professional athletes to compete since the 1990's.

I actually agree with your point that a student who earns a scholarship should only have an obligation to offer their time and legitimately work towards a degree, their ability to perform on the field should be meaningless. To say that these scholarships are worthless is patently unfair, as student loan debt is the fastest growing form of debt in the United States today, even larger today than credit card debt.

The crime should be that our primary and secondary educational systems do not prepare the football and basketball players properly to attend college and earn a degree that will allow them to make a viable income for decades to come.

Nevin Shapiro did not try to help out the kids who were hanging on to their scholarship because of injury and poor performance. He sought out the players who could make it to the NFL, which would eventually feed his Ponzi Scheme.

One last thing to think about the characters of these kids and Shapiro? Did any of them turn down the bounty money for Chris Rix, Tim Tebow and others? Did these kids who fought with the FIU football players turn down gifts and cash from Shapiro? No seems to be the answer for both.

Underthesun
Underthesun

The actual enslavement comes after you graduate with a ton of debt.

Something most college athletes are never chained to.

Proufa
Proufa

Wow...most ignorant thing I've read in a long time...I agree, most of these kids don't get the college night life allot of other college students do...but they get to do what allot of other kids wish they could do. I'm sorry, but your point that most of these kids come from poor backgrounds is a double edged sword. These kids are getting opportunities they would never have otherwise. Saying the ncaa's treatment is like slavery is like saying boxing is like the holocaust. Think before you speak and don't trivialize tragedy.

Deezbahl
Deezbahl

Though I agree the NCAA is corrupt and makes money off of student athletes, your facts of 95 % of the athletes are black are no where near correct. Might want to check facts before pulling it out of your ass making it seem like slavery and of course not mentioning any other racial class, the only racist is you.

Flat out stats:In 2009-10, the highest percentage of football student-athletes were white (57.4 percent) followed by black football student-athletes (34.5 percent).

In 2009-10, the highest percentage of male and female basketball studentathletes was white (46.7 percent for males and 58.9 percent for females) followed by black basketball student-athletes (45.6 percent for males and 32.8 percent for females

Looney
Looney

Of course Luke thinks the NCAA players not getting paid is slavery. That is why he illegally raised money for kids at the University of Miami in the 1980's and 1990's. Luke helped contribute to "the cesspool of corruption that has plagued college sports".

"How can anyone expect college players to be satisfied with just getting a scholarship and free room and board at a major university that rakes in tens of millions of dollars annually"...really Luke? How can anyone expect college players to be satisfied with just getting a complete free ride to college? A FREE education to play a game and showcase their talents to potentially become a pro athlete and you're bitching about it? If they don't like it, they don't HAVE to go.

"The people who run the NCAA need to have perspective and understand the environment where most major college athletes grew up. Roughly 95 percent of the athletes playing football and basketball are African-Americans who come from disadvantaged homes in the inner city. These kids are the only hope their families have of escaping financial and social ruin." Luke, the people who run the NCAA do not care about who the kids are and where they came from. These 95% of athletes who are African-Americans from disadvantaged homes in the inner city are getting a FREE EDUCATION that they would have not gotten if they were not good at sports. They are getting the opportunity to escape financial and social ruin by getting an EDUCATION.

Luke talked about basketball and football, but what about all the other sports where the kids aren't 95% African-American that get scholarships that do not make money for the schools? Or are you just concerned about the African-Americans only, Luke?

"Seriously, what 19- or 20-year-old would turn down free drinks at a nightclub or a boat outing on Biscayne Bay?" Or hookers or money or other items that you provided for the players at the U. Right Luke? This article would be way less pitiful if it wasn't written by a hypocrite.

Paul
Paul

Or are you just concerned about the African-Americans only, Luke? Of course that is all is talking about. That is all his article's talk about. Puke is a racist...but that's ok if your black...it is just wrong for everyone else.

FQS9000
FQS9000

Luke is right and NCAA is utterly corrupt. At the very least the colleges should be REQUIRED to give athletes in the big money sports a free education for as long as it takes for them to graduate + room + board. Anything less is an obscenity.

Carlos Cruz
Carlos Cruz

" colleges should be REQUIRED to give athletes in the big money sports a free education for as long as it takes for them to graduate" Really FQs?? 75% of these jiggaboos would need about 12 years to get a 4 year degree. Ever hear the pro's talk? Think they really earned degrees?

James
James

What Luke said is very true I played college basketball and was an All-American player, colleges do make millions on millions of dollars on talented black athletes ...so why would they not pay for our talent....because the schools make the rules with the NCAA and split the profits among themselves.......

 
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