There is an ongoing controversy over the NCAA making a ludicrous amount of money, while the athletes who play the sports don’t get paid anything…because they are students. Now, this is a legitimate issue with people on both sides of the political spectrum holding a variety of viewpoints with valid substantiation.
Then there’s Bryant Gumbel. He’s confident he knows the answer, you see. Of course, it’s racism.
I still think the greatest injustice in all of sports is non-payment of athletes at the collegiate level. You look at what is programmed every night in this country, and the people who are making tons of money off of it. They’re not paying for the labor. That doesn’t upset anybody? We’re going to have a bowl season, and there’s what, 38 frickin’ bowl games?
Here’s how much of a radical I am: If we had a situation where the athletes in the non-revenue producing sports—tennis, volleyball, track and field, rowing, baseball—if those athletes were predominantly black, and the athletes in the revenue-producing sports, basketball and football, were predominantly white, this issue would have gone away long ago.
Actually, if the students were white, they would still be students and many people still wouldn’t think they should get paid to play a game. As a matter of fact many of the students are white. So there’s that.
Of course there’s also the fact they are already getting paid by receiving free scholarships, a once and a lifetime opportunity, and an education.
But more importantly, the reason that such a large percentage of college athletes are black, is because, ironically, it’s one of the very few areas of higher education which is entirely performance based.
There is no affirmative action in college sports. There are no quotas. Asians, for example, are extremely underrepresented (read our piece on “why affirmative action screws hard-working Asian kids” here). Why? A few reasons. Not the least of which is they tend to be 4’2. But the macro issue is that the consequences are too tangible. If a team is crafted based on the latest PC/quota guidelines, the team will lose. In front of everybody. Coaches don’t want that. So they hire the best players.
In sports like Basketball and Football (the most popular college sports), the best players tend to be black. Black people tend to be good at those sports. By that same token, the best scientists and mathematicians entering college tend to be Asian and/or white. One is acceptable to say, the other isn’t.
The irony here is that Bryant Gumble is accusing the NCAA of racism, because a huge portion of the players are black. But the only reason a huge portion of the players are black is because the NCAA ignores SJW guidelines and affirmative action supported by leftists like Bryant Gumble. So if the NCAA started off with the same mindset as Gumble, there would never be as many black, college athletes to begin with? Make sense. Don’t worry it shouldn’t.
Though surprisingly, that wasn’t the dumbest thing he said.
I’d like to look at how climate change has changed sports.