Its really insanity.
It is Selection Sunday where the learned people of college basketball figure out who are the best basketball teams in the country, slot them and send them off to both near and far away places around the United States in a tournament that brings hundreds of millions of dollars into the college basketball industry. But how does college basketball get away with horrible behavior and remain popular? There are corruption trials taking place with people going to jail but no one seems to care. After all, it is the fluff entertainment that people like. It is this time of year where the coach, the athletic director and the players earn their paychecks with the pressure mounting with each game until the ultimate prize. The National Championship Final Game which will be played on April 8th in a football stadium in Minneapolis. The NCAA puts the tournament up for bidding with cities coming in with the best financial packages getting the games.
So the student-athletes must be getting a big pay day for providing entertainment for people and playing for a title? They aren’t. The coaches are getting big paychecks and television is handing out big money to the NCAA. The athletes get nothing but a college scholarship. The television partners will do some profiles on some athletes but the coaches are the stars of the TV show even though they don’t play, and really have very little control of the game. There is some sort of justification that the players are getting a free education, that is partially true, but they are not getting everything paid and they are on a year to year contract. The term “student-athlete” is a cover to get out of paying and providing health care for the talent. Everyone makes money off the basketball tournament except the stars of the show, the players. It is madness.