So, March Madness is finally over, with UConn coming out on top.
And you gotta admit, it was a very exciting tournament this year, with lots of surprises. Now that it’s all over, maybe we can finally deal with a couple of big and uncomfortable questions:
Why are some college coaches paid so much? And why are players paid nothing at all?
According to USA Today, over 40 college coaches make at least $1 million a year – for coaching basketball! Wonder what a good math professor makes? Many are in the multiple millions. And their delivery doesn’t always match their compensation. Louisville’s coach makes $7.5 million, and his team lost the first round.
Meanwhile, out of $771 million in television rights alone generated by the NCAA tournament – not to mention ticket revenue – how much goes to the players? ZERO! Because, purists say, we don’t want to turn them into professional basketball players.
Which is nonsense. That’s what they are. They bring in the crowds. They win or lose the games. They may still be college students – although I wonder how many actually attend classes – but they’re already professional athletes – and should be compensated as such.
That’s my parting shot for today.