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Brian Fuller2
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Brian Fuller2   4/25/2012 9:07:53 PM
Outstanding points, Duane. And if you think about, we DO use students as sweatshop labor, working lab experiments endlessly for professors who turn those ideas into startups that often enrich them. Yes, occasionally students get a piece of the action, but usually only graduate students who are wrapping up college. NCAA-level sports needs to be severed from colleges, the NCAA dissolved and investigated (more thoroughly) and where concern arises about "well-rounded students," start intramural programs. Problem solved. I made this case years ago to an acquaintance who's an athletic director. He hasn't spoken to me since. Oh well.

Duane Benson
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Duane Benson   4/25/2012 6:53:38 PM
Sports do have a place. But not that much of a place. If it's just entertainment, then it should be separate - like in a different town from the school. If it's for prestige, then it should get equal billing with other prestigious activities like research or post graduation successes. If it's for revenue, then why not also exploit college students by using them as sweatshop labor? You could create a manufacturing program where students would pay tuition to join the assembly line building things for commercial companies. The students would get paid in credits and the school in real dollars. It could even bring low cost manufacturing back to the U.S. If that sounds ridiculous, then you can understand how I feel about the level of attention sports get at the university level.

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