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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