As NCAA Championship Season dwindles down, it's time to reflect on some of the great moments
Self-propaganda? Certainly. The truth? Sure.
While professional athletes and top college athletes had a field day with this on Instagram, it got me thinking... aside from the obvious bias, is there truth in this commercial? Does the NCAA provide a "pathway to opportunity" as they claim?
It's not so simple. Yes, in 2018, the NCAA brought in $1.1B dollars, yet college athletes can't even make a dime off Youtube videos containing a hint of their chosen sport. We all know the narrative on athletes such as Zion Williamson who generate obscene amounts of money for their school without anything resembling equal compensation. In the real world, this would not fly. It would in fact, be illegal, but the NCAA's go-to excuse is that those athletes only account for roughly 2% of their total participation. These are the 2% that some would argue gain massive publicity from the school's status leading to shoe exorbitant contracts and professional salaries.
The other 98%, myself included, actually cost our schools a decent amount of money. The reality was that despite being a Division 1 Baseball player, we were in the Northeast where it was too cold for fans to attend games and there were certainly no lucrative TV deals to be had. The fact is that it costs money to run a collegiate sports program. In my case, the NCAA DID provide me an opportunity to have most of my college costs paid for, attempt a professional baseball career, develop lifelong friends, and most importantly, have the greatest experience of my life. Those 4 years on the college baseball diamond are a large part of who I am today. While I can't excuse the NCAA for not paying the Zion's of the world, I can say that I wouldn't change a thing about my experience and for that I'm thankful!
PS. I still hate the commercial, because let's face it, it is self-promoted propaganda! That's neither here nor there, so I'll just keep on helping High School Athletes in that 98% just like me.
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First of all, I'm not bashing colleges. Most colleges continue to greatly develop their educational programs and enhanced student-experience with research, study abroad, and internship opportunities.They've expanded Majors from around 100 fifteen years ago to now over 300. College remains your best opportunity to advance in today's world.
However, paying to have someone else take your child's SAT's or paying a college coach to falsely recruit your child is despicable, dishonest, and a complete disgrace. Exposing them is welcome news!
On the other hand, why would it surprise anyone that colleges favor the wealthy, and why shouldn't they? Everyone in business sells their wares to people who can afford them. Would you sell your house to someone who can't close the deal? Well of course not. Colleges don't have to either.
My book Dissecting the Big Business of College discusses it all. I preach, teach, and coach this everyday of my life. Colleges run a great business. They protect their business model with greater ferocity and determination than parents protect their finances. As Marla Brady said, they mold their interests into the behaviors of society. Every policy and procedure supports their best interest, including-
Bash the cheaters, the scammers, the fraudsters, and make them pay their dues...all of them- parents, college coaches, the schemers and perpetrators. They are a hindrance to society and exposing them is wonderful work of the investigators...bravo!
Now you may perhaps begin to understand better the perspective of the college. Only then can you clear yourself of their spell for getting college right for you. Thank you.
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Although that statement makes perfect CollegeLogical Sense, far too many parents take the approach- "My child deserves it, I'll find a way to pay..." How many times have you heard that? I've heard it hundreds of times, and particularly so during this time of year when college decisions are being made.
Let's be blunt here, no one's child "deserves" to have their parents bankrupt the family finances over their college costs.
Step # 1 for Preventing Family Pressure and Discontent at college decision time is-
Prequalify your college budget one year in advance
Step # 2 for Preventing Family Pressure and Discontent at college decision time is-
Create college options that can meet your budget
This is the ultimate cost saving strategy. Follow it and you can avoid tense family discussion and discontentment within the ranks when the time comes to make the right college choose.