Hunger Games?

9 May

Tonight is one of the most exciting nights of the year for NFL teams and their fans and not one game will be played.

It’s the night of the exciting and nail biting NFL draft where thousands of NFL fans will gather around to wait, sit and then watch as 32, billion dollar NFL team franchises, select a few dozen elite college football players, who will then go on to sign contracts averaging about 5 million dollars per year…for as long as they can remain healthy and in one physical piece that is…

It can be quite touching and emotional to watch as NFL experts wax poetic and pontificate as to which team will draft which player while the clock ticks between each highly anticipated selection…and then to watch the young football players overcome with genuine emotion as they realize that their selection as one of the top NFL draft picks this year means instant fame and fortune for themselves and their immediate families…

And yet these “college students” have each already spent 4 years representing United States colleges and universities that have earned millions and millions and millions and millions of dollars in their name while they, the players and performers, have not been allowed to earn even one penny. Instead they have each been compensated with a college education from an educational institution that most probably didn’t even require their attending class…much.

Because sadly but all too true, The percentage of college football players who graduate prior to going to the NFL is only…27%… and while many will go on to graduate after their playing days are over, still less than 50% will ever see a college diploma.

But even more disturbing than that is the fact that these athletes, while playing college football on autumn Saturdays throughout America, do so in front of millions of fellow college students who now owe over 1 trillion dollars in student loans to the very same institutions that have been making billions of dollars peddling their athletic peers as entertainment.

So College students owe colleges over 1 trillion dollars while College athletes who play in front of college students and the public for colleges, are paid no dollars and colleges and professional institutions who broadcast and promote those college games to their students and the general public earn billions and billions of dollars!?

And did you know that The National Football League is a non-profit organization that takes in more than $9.5 billion per year and is exempt from Federal taxes – yet it stands as one of the greatest profit-generating commercial advertising, entertainment and media enterprises ever created… And most Colleges and Universities in the United States are not for profit institutions.

So who gets all the money? And what do students and student athletes get…besides broken bank accounts, broken bones and broken (concussed) brains? And how long can this “American higher educational model” be sustained under our country’s current economic conditions?

Any thoughts? We still have 15 minutes until the next pick…


9 Responses to “Hunger Games?”

  1. Barbara Backer-Gray May 9, 2014 at 4:07 am #

    My thoughts exactly! I accidentally watched The Draft, thinking it was a movie about drafting people for the CIA, so I got some understanding of how people got picked for a game I’m not the least bit interested in. It’s all quite ridiculous and blown so out of proportion–you couldn’t make this stuff up. I’m going to reblog this post, if I may. Thanks for writing it.

    • gpicone May 9, 2014 at 8:30 pm #

      Absolutely please do! And thanks so much for reading. -Glenn

  2. sheenmeem May 9, 2014 at 6:01 am #

    I am appalled.

  3. kingmidget May 9, 2014 at 1:17 pm #

    That the NFL is a non-profit organization is the biggest joke ever. The NFL is one of those organizations that has become too big and I think it’s ready to fall. I hope, it’s ready to fall. Problem is that won’t change anything at the college level. I’ve become a believer in the idea that college athletes should get paid.

  4. TamrahJo May 9, 2014 at 6:35 pm #

    Just finished reading “The Crash of 2016” in which the last chapter contained ideas for changes to avoid future crashes – think your points here should be included – 🙂

  5. Barbara Backer-Gray May 10, 2014 at 3:55 pm #

    Reblogged this on Resident Alien — Being Dutch in America and commented:
    I’ve always found sports at American schools a big waste of money and education time. Ipledeafallegiance makes the point much better in this post.

  6. Dan Hennessy May 10, 2014 at 4:03 pm #

    The money goes into silk -lined pockets of expensive suits.

  7. drshyamalavatsa May 11, 2014 at 4:23 am #

    I don’t believe genuine non-profit organizations that don’t exploit someone or other even exist. They are wolves in sheep’s clothing, taking anxious youngsters for a ride with the promise of a diploma they won’t have the time and energy to work towards, after practice and play. If every student graduated in four years with both knowledge and diploma,fine, otherwise it’s just exploitation.

    Also remembered – wish you many happy returns of the day!

  8. TamrahJo June 1, 2014 at 5:33 pm #

    Working my way through archives and happened upon this one again – already commented, but had an additional thought regarding professional sports – granted, towns that house these teams do benefit through increased commerce, but why, oh why do these organizations not have to pay for their own arenas? I’m not a huge sports fan and may be misinformed but it seems that through tax cuts and bond-issues, the public pays for these arenas, then pay to go see the games -while the organizations pocket profits without investing in their own infrastructure- – Please correct me if I’m wrong, but –

    I cannot help but seeing huge correlations between our current sports industry and the entertainment du jour of the Roman Empire during it’s fall – – 🙂

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