Would Colleges Be Better Off Without Football?
Everything we think we know about college football's impact on students' grades, graduation rates, rankings, and school finances adds up to this: Football might be bad for some colleges
When college football's final bowl games are played in the coming weeks, they'll be a coda to a season defined by scandal. There was the demise of Ohio State coach Jim Tressel, who tried to cover up evidence that his players had broken NCAA rules by trading memorabilia for money and tattoos. There were the revelations that a convicted ponzi schemer and University of Miami booster had lavished millions on dollars on cash, cars and prostitutes for school's players. There was the nightmarish sex abuse scandal at Penn State. The list, sadly, goes on.
It's hard not to wonder: Is college football really good for college? Taylor Branch delivered a tour de force take for The Atlantic this year on the injustices suffered by big time collegiate athletes. But what about the rest of the university? What does football culture do for the students who don't play every Saturday? What does football do for schools' finances? Their academics? Their reputations?
These are questions economists have been plumbing for years. Here's a taste of what they have to say.
Football is corrupting America's universities: it needs to go
Big-time college football is no longer a sport. It’s a very expensive entertainment industry with commercial sponsors, big-money television contracts, and highly paid executives. Its proponents have corrupted the mission of almost every university with a large football program, especially those in the NCAA’s top division. It’s time to acknowledge that this large, expensive entertainment business should be expelled from campus.
I’ll say. But despite these nice-sounding phrases, Dr. Loh’s “reform” consists of eliminating eight other varsity teams. Nothing about reigning in football’s costs, and certainly nothing about making sure the players themselves get a good education and have a future after college. This is the essence of how big-time football has corrupted America’s universities. We pay the players nothing, we give them a lousy education (many of them don’t even graduate), and then the university spits them out and moves on.
So get football off our campuses. If athletes want to train for the NFL, let the NFL pay for a minor league, the way baseball does. Universities can have a team if they must, but make it independent, and let’s stop the farce of having university presidents try to manage large, commercial sports programs. Let them get back to focusing on research and education, topics on which they actually have some expertise.
"The central idea is that the football tournaments dramatically raise the value of leisure time for some people, and correspondingly reduce the value of all other time uses. One of these time uses for students is the effort put into studying. Effort is to be understood in a broad sense as the number of hours spent preparing for the exams; this might include making the effort to ignore distractions and to create an environment to concentrate on study. We conjecture that the amount of productive study time is reduced both in the build-up to the tournament and then more significantly once the matches are under way."
To the social scientist in me, the results are utterly convincing. The data are high quality, and the econometric analyses expertly done. And yet, thinking back to my own youth, I found them slightly depressing. Educational inequality is undesirable, no matter what, and inequality that results from differences in individual ability is hard enough to manage. But inequalities that aren’t the result of an individual pupil’s ability and instead shaped by a child’s family background and gender are potentially overcome more easily. So should we therefore discourage boys from lower income families from watching the World Cup?
The Negative Effects of Football
Nowadays, sport has grown bigger. It is not only as a way to get health, but also as an industry which produces much money. More and more people enter sport world, especially football world. It has become the number one sport in the earth since it makes men and women, young and adult and almost people in the world are crazy about it. Many of them think that football is their soul , so they will do the best for it. But, it is often that football does not give its best for its fans because football has negative effects for them.
First, football can decrease its fans health. When we are watching football match, we often palpitate because increasing heart rate until more than 70 times per minute. As a result, you may get hypertension, hypertrophy on left ventricle, atherosclerosis or even heart attack. Even after football match over, stress can appear for those who get his favorite team lose. Therefore, they tend to be angry easily and cause conflict, riot and hooliganism.
The hidden crisis of mental health among footballers
Ex-footballers can suffer from alcohol dependency or suicidal thoughts when adjusting to life after the game
After he gave an interview in which he said he would be "better off dead", the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) said on Monday that Sansom was now staying in a hotel and its counsellors were discussing treatment options with him.
"We have helped Paul continuously since he's had his problems. We get him back on track but then it can be a pattern," said PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor.
"Coming out of the game and losing that everyday involvement has not been easy for him, the same for Kenny Sansom."
Football can have a major impact on mental health. It is thought to affect emotions, relationships, identity and self-esteem. In a recent study, one in four fans said football was one of the most important things in their lives.
Football Association chairman David Bernstein admits the issue of mental illness in the sport has been "badly neglected in the past" and was not "high on my agenda".
Football's Suicide Secret, broadcast on Tuesday evening, examined the issue of mental illness in the sport.
It was presented by Clarke Carlisle, the chairman of the Professional Footballers' Association players' union, who has suffered from clinical depression.
He admitted he was frustrated the football authorities were not doing more to tackle the problem.
Carlisle contrasted the approach in England with that in Germany, which has put in place a number of initiatives to tackle depression following the suicide of goalkeeper Robert Enke in 2009.
Meanwhile, reports such as The Concussion Crisis: Anatomy of a Silent Epidemic (Simon & Schuster, 2011) and others make it clear that the NFL and other bodies have balked for years at looking squarely at the issue of sport-caused brain injuries and embracing efforts to protect players. And many other researchers are now finding strong links between traumatic brain injuries and mental decline among athletes of all ages (the hits to young people might do the most damage, especially those that occur back-to-back)
As David Epstein notes in his “Depression in Football” story in the May 14 issue of Sports Illustrated, brain trauma experts he interviewed hope next for renewed research efforts to track players and their various medical issues, including depression and concussions, in order to tease out the connections among them.
At the least, the NFL, NCAA and other governing bodies should be held to the task of providing care for these remarkable athletes throughout their lives, not just during the halcyon years when they sacrifice their long-term health, physical and mental, to dazzle us on field.
Sports, The Greatest Hypnotic Distraction? How sports distraction may be single-handedly preventing mass awakening
Will this cycle be broken? Will sports fans take a stand and realize that our team (of Constitution, liberty, freedom and America lovers) needs help spreading the message of freedom in America to defeat the agenda of the other team of people committed to the global government and the destruction of America, the Constitution, and freedom? If not, then what will it take for sports fans to wake up? This is a concerning question in a country where many sports fans are fanatically addicted to the cycles of competition in the same way addicts are addicted to gambling and alcohol.
Are you a sports fan who understands what is happening and are awakened to our fight for freedom, liberty and the American Way? Help spread this information and hopefully together we can all help break through the sports hypnosis that is stalling one of the great human awakenings of all time and that has a stranglehold on the heart and inner strength of America. Breaking through the sports hypnosis will hopefully fuel the passion for freedom in the hearts and minds of our youth including all of our star athletes around the country who have a lot to offer our country far beyond the endorsing of products to their fans. If you agree please share this article with sports fans and athletes alike.
If you want to know what is wrong with sports and this country, look no further than the nearest sports fan.
You can’t escape it! It is the topic of conversation in every workplace, elevator, street corner, coffee shop and television.
The next time you buy your season tickets, merchandise, memorabilia or give the networks high ratings by watching the “big game,” look at the criminal activities that you are supporting.
Just as politicians use “competition” between Republicans and Democrats to keep your loyalties to their individual parties, sports is also a distraction that keeps Americans minds off of what is important and also keeps them at odds with each other.
The more you get sucked in to “the game,” the more you talk about it. The more you talk about sports, the less you are paying attention and talking about what really matters.
With things happening like the NSA spying, drone use on Americans, the writing of the 2014 NDAA, the federal government funding and arming Al-Qaeda and the economy taking a big whirling flush down the toilet, the only thing you are hearing people talk about for the last day or two is “game 7.”
Do you think this is a coincidence?
Next time you hear the sports talk at work or see the drunken guy screaming at the T.V. during the game. Think about this -
Maybe he lives a failed life and has to live vicariously through some guy who gets paid millions to run a ball down a field, maybe he thought he was good at sports in high school and now he can’t let go, maybe he believes that “real men” watch sports or maybe he doesn’t realize he is being controlled.
Maybe YOU don’t realize YOU are being controlled!
Last February, the Houston Texans running back was approached by the producers for the documentary Schooled: The Price of College Sports.
In the course of a four-hour interview, Foster contrasted his dire financial straits at the University of Tennessee to the commerce surrounding the Volunteers football program. He also disclosed (see video, above) that he received money during his senior season.
"I called my coach and I said, 'Coach, we don't have no food. We don't have no money. We're hungry. Either you give us some food, or I'm gonna go do something stupid.' He came down and he brought like 50 tacos for like four or five of us. Which is an NCAA violation. [laughs] But then, I walk up to the facility and I see my coach pull up in a brand new Lexus." -- Arian Foster
Football's Concussion Problem, in 3 Terrifying Pictures
Repeated brain injuries are also linked to post-traumatic stress disorder and diseases like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. A 2009 study commissioned by the NFL found that former NFL players had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or other memory problems 19 times more than the normal rate for men between the ages of 30 and 49. The NFL went on to back away from those findings, though, even as it changed game rules to avoid more dangerous hits and donated money for more brain injury research.
Hundreds of millions of dollars won't make football-related brain injuries—or the NFL's PR headache—go away. Four more former players sued the league and helmet maker Riddell for allegedly hiding information about the dangers of playing. Increased pressure like that, combined with the Fainaru brothers' book and the Frontline documentary, could lead to bigger changes in the NFL, which would likely trickle down to the college, high school, and even Pee Wee levels. The way Americans view their favorite sport is changing, but it remains to be seen whether the sport will change to match.
In one of the hardest and most spectacular hits of recent years, South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney dislodged the helmet — and the football — from Michigan running back Vincent Smith in a fierce backfield collision during last season’s Outback Bowl. It has been replayed endlessly — not least by ESPN.
Three former college football players, including two former Tennessee players, are suing the NCAA. The players claim the NCAA failed to educate them about the risks of concussions.
The lawsuit also claims the NCAA did not do enough to prevent, diagnose and treat brain injuries.
Plaintiffs in the lawsuit include Chris Walker and Ben Martin, who played for Tennessee from 2007-2011.
Dan Ahern, who played for North Carolina State from 1972-76 is also part of the lawsuit.
The NCAA is accused of failing to meet its obligation to former players and through that neglect the players are "suffering the dramatic consequences."
PEOPLE BIOLOGICALLY TAKE PLEASURE IN THE PAIN OF OTHERS
"A lack of empathy is not always pathological. It's a human response, and not everyone experiences this, but a significant portion does," Cikara said. "If you think about the way workplaces and organizations are set up, for example, it raises an interesting question: Is competition the best way to get your employees to produce? It's possible, in some circumstances, that competition is good. In other ways, people might be preoccupied with bringing other people down, and that's not what an organization wants."