A fair trade: You play, we educate
What's this nonsense about some college football players wanting to unionize? What I'm hearing is that they want payment for their athletic efforts.
Is it possible that they have lost their awareness of the value of a football scholarship? From what I understand, a one-year scholarship represents several thousand dollars.
I expect four years of tuition at the University of Washington must come to near $50,000. I'm not sure of that figure for two reasons: 1. I'm not an investigative reporter and 2. It seems to change from one year to the next. I can only write about what I hear from parents who are breathing a sigh of relief when their son is granted a four-year scholarship.
I can only imagine that some of the "ivy league" schools cost much, much more. What does unionization do for these KIDS? Bless them with even more money?
Where does this stop? College baseball next? Basketball? How about the mumbly-peg competition in which some are involved?
While some of these young people come out of their college stint with a good education, one gets the impression that others, who are sometimes interviewed on television, if they happen to make it to the NFL, must have majored in finger painting.
One professional basketball player who had graduated from college was asked, "To what do you attribute your brilliant career?" His response, "My mama raised me to have a good work ethnic."
I can think of many such ignorant comments by pro athletes (pretty much all of them with a college education) when being interviewed on national television. It pains many of us who weren't able to attend college to hear that waste of a good education.
Methinks someone sold these college football players a bill of goods to start a new union which hasn't, heretofore, existed.
Now I hear that a small group of pro football cheerleaders are suing for minimum wage? Years ago, I had a secretary who was one of the original Seahawks cheerleaders. She and 40 or 50 others competed for the privilege of putting on a show for the fans. They were volunteers and were not recompensed other than being provided a couple of seats for each home game. They were proud to be accepted as cheerleaders ... and only a few made the grade. My secretary did, for three years running.
Sad how times have changed. The world has become a difficult place in which to enjoy the challenges that we once enjoyed.