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Nader calls for end of athletic scholarships

March 25, 2011

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— Consumer advocate Ralph Nader is calling for the elimination of college athletic scholarships, saying the move is necessary to “de-professionalize” college athletes.

“As we near the exciting conclusion of ‘March Madness’ — which would more accurately be described as the 2011 NCAA Professional Basketball Championships — it’s time we step back and finally address the myth of amateurism surrounding big-time college football and basketball in this country,” said Nader, whose League of Fans is proposing that the scholarships be replaced with need-based financial aid. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the proposal Thursday, ahead of its official release.

NCAA spokesman Bob Williams said that referring to college athletes as professionals defies logic.

“They are students, just like any other student on campus who receives a merit-based scholarship,” he said.

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Doppleganger 3 years, 1 month ago

This is a bad idea. There are tens of thousands of women trying to have NBA players that cannot afford to send their kids to college. Ralphy would hurt so many with this hair brained idea.

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cowboy 3 years, 1 month ago

Perhaps they all should all be on athletic scholarships.

KU Mens Basketball grad rate 75-80 percent One of the tops in country !

KU General Rate 4 year 31 percent 6 year 61 percent

While big donors obviously control the venue , they are in effect are throwing a big party for themselves with their own money. Isn't costing the U anything and I think as the future goes forward we should see more of that funding move back towards academic support.

Maybe Ralph should stick to yelling at the neighbor kids to "Get off my Grass".

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Flap Doodle 3 years, 1 month ago

I thought Nader was dead. Oh, wait, that was his relevance I was thinking of.

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cowboy 3 years, 1 month ago

Is this the group that never got picked on the playground , good lord.

In Div 1 Basketball there are roughly 3600 players of which roughly 24 get a chance to play in the NBA. Thats less than 1%. The rest of them play for the glory , the education , the benefits which come to the community , the PR for their colleges / universities , the enjoyment of their fan bases both students , and alums. Not all of them are dumb as a doorknob , many are academic all americans also who move onto other careers. Yes some fail also. Probably at a lesser rate than the general student population. I would guess that 30% of KU freshmen are gone after the first semester.

My only gripe about collegiate sports and big money is that the opportunities for average guy to own a pair of season tickets is long gone.

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irvan moore 3 years, 1 month ago

how many of you folks agreeing with nader are going to watch the bb game tonight? yep, if he had it his way we wouldn't be looking at our championship team, think about it, the a$$hole killed the Corvair and now he wants to kill college athletics. (he was proven wrong about the Corvair). i say pay the athletes a salary but don't even think about reducing coaches salaries, we wouldn't be where we are without our coach, basketball brings the school and this town a lot of money.

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ksrush 3 years, 1 month ago

Sadly you dipsticks sound serious about this. What about giving these guys ( and girls) the chance for an education they could otherwise not afford. If you were to divide the number of hours the kids spend training and playing they would probably be making under minimum wage. When age catches up with them they will need something to fall back on. Guess that concept may make too much sense - sorry for going over your heads.

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Tom Shewmon 3 years, 1 month ago

"...need-based financial aid."

IE, to all poor inner-city blacks. To hell with well-to-do gifted white suburban or rural athletes. I thought you funky libs were into entitlement....only for those who you deem to deserve it, right?

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Richard Heckler 3 years, 1 month ago

Nader is on the money....

Then again Nader believes 90% of incumbents should be replaced each voting cycle...

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Ricky_Vaughn 3 years, 1 month ago

Mr. Nader, I'm not sure if you could've hit the bullseye any more dead-on. Unfortunately, there's too much money to made from the exploitation of college athletes.

Running a program like KU b-ball generates the kind of money that pro sports teams do, except KU doesn't pay their players (at least not on top of the table). Why would you give up that advantage if it was your cash cow?

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livinginlawrence 3 years, 1 month ago

Thinking about this a little bit more, an idea came to me. Many college sports have come to serve as preparatory measures for involvement in athletics at the professional level. The same could be said for many university academic programs, in which students seeking practical experience in a field can enroll in practicum courses. As such, the sports teams could be thought of as athletics-oriented practica. Just like any other student hoping to gain the practical experience that will help them in their future endeavors, athletes should face the same costs associated with enrollment. After all, it simply doesn't make sense for an academic institution to be picking up the tab for someone's education solely on the basis of their ability to entertain. This rings especially true for the most heralded athletic recruits, who so often stay in school for as little time as possible before joining the professional ranks.

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Tony Kisner 3 years, 1 month ago

How about a law where the only source of payments of tuition can come from the Student themselves no other outside sources? This used to be the case when applying for a mortgage, the need to show where the down payment was sourced.

This would change the landscape of higher education in particular making the relationship of consumer/purchaser - service provider on a more direct basis. Raising the responsibility of the consumer and possibly encouraging the service provider to be more efficient.

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livinginlawrence 3 years, 1 month ago

If something like this could result in more financial aid becoming available to the masses, it is certainly worth considering. After all, doing so would serve to better incentivize our youth. Rather than practicing sports with (mostly vain) hopes of securing a scholarship to pay for college, young students would be encouraged to spend more time honing their academic attributes, which would not only help them garner consideration for merit-based funds but prepare them for college-level coursework as well. Of course, what bozo has said is undoubtedly true. This idea will likely be met with minimal support.

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LeBo 3 years, 1 month ago

Hey 'de-professionalized' college softball, baseball, swimming & diving, track & field, cross county, golf, wrestling, water polo, volleyball, and other negative impact/none revenue sports.

Stop exploitation of minority athletes, buy reducing coaching salaries and implementing a stipend program.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 1 month ago

This makes a lot of sense, as do most of Nader's ideas, but there are too many powerful, vested interests in exploiting college athletes and state-subsidized facilities for it to happen any time soon.

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