April 30, 2009



Bob Molinaro talked about the disparity in amateur vs. pro sports,: “Every so often, the watch-dogs of American sports are practically required to get their knickers in a twist because a young athlete decides to eschew the traditional, approved path leading from amateur to professional. Most parents can’t make their own children do what they want, but many of us are quite eager to tell someone else’s child how to live.                                                               Most recent case in point: Jeremy Tyler.                                                                                                          The 17-year-old, 6-foot-11, 258-pound high school junior from San Diego announced that he would be skipping 12th grade – and rescinding his commitment to attend Louisville – to play professional basketball in Europe for two years before he is eligible to sign with an NBA team.                                                                                                 Naturally, Tyler’s decision is creating debate, even a few firestorms.                                                                                            Brandon Jennings, a point guard from Los Angeles, finished high school last year before dribbling off to Italy. He’s said to be making $1 million and is expected to be among the first players taken in this year’s draft.                                                                                                               Tyler did Jennings one better. Or worse, depending on how you look at it. He’ll be the first basketball prospect to drop out of high school to pursue a pro career beyond America’s shores. High school diploma? He’ll get that online.                                                                                                        Tyler has given the hand-wringers a lot to work with.                                                                                                     Colleges want the best players for themselves, for as long as they can hold onto them. In that way, schools and their fans are as greedy as the teenager who is looking to cash in quickly.

Frank Deford offered his opinion on this: “Since the Olympics freed its athletes from the serfdom of amateurism, the only place on the face of the earth where sports are still big time, big money, but where the athletes are forced to play without pay is our American college football and basketball. Everywhere else, if there’s real money involved, the athletes get their fair share — just like the coaches and promoters and television networks and the guys who sell peanuts and popcorn. But in the U.S., not only are our young football and basketball players forced to play without pay, but the NCAA cartel is in cahoots with the pro leagues so that a star athlete has to donate his time to some college for at least a year. This is not only a bonanza for the lucky college but also then for the NBA or the NFL — because the pros profit by the publicity the star earned when he had to play for free while his coach pocketed millionaire money.

My own opinion is that parents, generally, will send their children to school to enable them to get jobs that pay enough money, while in a field of interest, to live comfortably and be able to support their families.

If a person works for 40-years and averages $80, 000/year (that’s allowing for higher salaries down the road), that will equal $3.2 million over the course of their LIFETIME.

We’re seeing young athletes receiving seven figure signing bonuses regularly in today’s market. How much will an education improve that?

The front office for the NY Yankees announced a 50% reduction of the prices on tickets for premium seating (all those empty seats seen behind home plate and along the first and third base lines. That reduction amounts to the cost of two seats in the section to go for over $2,500.00 plus parking- THAT’S TWOOOO THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS PLUS PARKING- to see a baseball game that you can see on TV (as long as you have cable). Ya know I found that their’s no line for the men’s room at my house- as long as all of the girls are out. 





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