As the NCAA itself is so fond of pointing out, [most athletes, scholarship or not] “go pro in something other than sports.” At the height of their athletic achievement, they are denied any share of the wealth they generate.On the other hand, the genius on a merit scholarship can consult with a knowledge-intensive employer and work his way through college and then some, with no upper bound on "extra benefits."
Oh, and did I mention that the NCAA is imposing these rules on athletes who are disproportionately poor and minority? It’s much like one of our progressive-dominated urban enclaves, where a small, rich liberal elite maintains economic and political power by exploiting the votes and labor of a large black and Hispanic underclass.
THE NCAA IS CHICAGO.
National Review's David French characterizes the collegiate basketball cartel as "oppressive progressives." Yeah, pretty much.