Sports Disparity - A Hero's Salute

  • Aired:  04/10/14
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College athletes band together to unionize for better conditions but do not garner the support of the coaches who make millions training them. (3:53)

THE HEAD OF NCAA MARKEMMERT WOULD LIKE TO REMIND

THESE AT-TIME HUNGRY INDIVIDUALSWHAT THEY ARE REALLY

BEING PAID WITH IS THE MOSTPRECIOUS GIFT OF ALL.

>> THE GAME CHANGER FOR A YOUNGPERSON IN LIFE IS THAT THEY GET

AN EDUCATION.

THEY ARE SUCCESSFUL BECAUSE OFWHAT THEY LEARNED AS A STUDENT

ATHLETE AND WHAT THEY GAINED INTHE CLASSROOM.

>> Jon: THIS IS EXACTLY RIGHTAND WHILE MANY BIG-TIME COLLEGE

SPORTS SCHOOLS HAVE MADE AMOCKERY OF ACADEMIC STANDARDS

FOR ATHLETES IN ORDER TOCONTINUE TO COMPETE AT THE

HIGHEST LEVELS CREATING NO SHOWCLASSES, PREDETERMINED MAJORS

AND GRADES TO MAINTAIN THEILLUSION OF ACADEMIC COMPLIANCE.

POINT TAKEN. STUDENT -- STUDENTSTILL COMES BEFORE ATHLETE.

>> PLAYERS SPEND 50-60 HOURSA WEEK ENGAGING IN FOOTBALL

RELATED ACTIVITIES.

>> Jon: ALL THAT MEANS IS THATSOMETIMES YOU JUST HAVE TO

MANAGE YOUR TIME MORE CAREFULLY.

[ LAUGHTER ]BUT YOU KNOW WHAT?

MAYBE IF THESE ATHLETES WHO HAVEJUST DIRECTLY POURED MILLIONS

INTO THE COFFERS OF THEUNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT ARE

HUNGRY, THEY COULD TAKEADVANTAGE OF THE LOCAL

BUSINESSES WHO ARE GIVING AWAYEVERYTHING FROM DRINKS TO FROYO

TO THE CRAZIEST OFBREADS TO REWARD UCONN'S

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS. IF OFCOURSE THAT WAS IN ANY WAY LEGAL

UNDER NCAA RULES GOVERNING THEACCEPTANCE BY ATHLETES OF

ANYTHING OF MONETARYOR CALORIC VALUE.

>> OKLAHOMA SELFREPORTING THREE STUDENTS

RECEIVED FOOD IN EXCESS OF NCAAREGULATIONS AT

A GRADUATION BANQUET. THEYWERE PROVIDED PASTA IN

EXCESS OF THEPERMISSIBLE AMOUNT.

>> Jon: IF I MAY HERE IS ADRAMATIC REENACTMENT OF THE NCAA

ENFORCING THAT REGULATION.

HEY, HEY, (bleep).

YEAH, HALF A CUP OF PENNE,(bleep), HALF A CUP.

I DON'T CARE IF YOU CAN DUNKWITH BOTH HANDS, HALF A CUP OF

PENNE.

SO WHAT EXACTLY IS WRONG WITHPLAYERS BANDING TOGETHER TO

NEGOTIATE THEMSELVES A FAIRSITUATION?

ONCE AGAIN THE PRESIDENT OF THENCAA?

>> TO BE PERFECTLY FRANK THENOTION OF USING A UNION EMPLOYEE

MODEL TO SOMETHING THAT STRIKESMOST PEOPLE AS A GROSSLY

INAPPROPRIATE SOLUTION TO THEPROBLEMS.

IT WOULD BLOW UP EVERYTHINGABOUT THE COLLEGIATE MODEL OF

ATHLETICS.

>> Jon: AND WE LIKE OUREXPLOITATIVE, OVERWHELMINGLY

FINANCIALLY ADVANTAGEOUS TO USDRACONIAN COLLEGIATE MODEL.

I MEAN, YOU KNOW THE OLDEXPRESSION, IF THEY ARE BROKE,

WHY FIX IT? SO, THAT'S HOW THE NCAA FEELS.

BUT THAT'S JUST AN ORGANIZATION.

I'M SURE THE COACHES, THE GUYSWHO SPEND EVERY DAY WITH THESE

KIDS.

I BET THE COACHES ARE ON THEIRSIDE.

>> I'M A FOOTBALL COACH, I'M ATEACHER, I'M AN EDUCATOR. THIS

ISN'T WHAT I SIGNED UP TO BE. ISIGNED UP TO HELP THESE GUYS

TO DEVELOP TO BE THE BEST THEYCAN BE NOT TO BE AN EMPLOYER.

>> Jon: I DON'T WANT TO GETTECHNICAL OF COURSE YOU ARE NOT

THE EMPLOYER, YOU'RE KIND OFTHE SUPERVISOR, THE FLOOR

MANAGER. THE FLOOR BEING100 YARDS LONG AND YOU

CAN AT YOUR WHIM GET THEM TO RUNBACK AND FORTH ON

UNTIL THEY VOMIT ORMORE SPECIFICALLY DRY HEAVE

SEEING AS THERE'S NOT A LOT OFFOOD IN THE BELLY. BUT LISTEN,

YOU ARE AN EDUCATOR, YOU'RERIGHT. BUT WITH ONE SMALL

SOMEWHAT CRUCIAL DIFFERENCE.

>> HEAD COACHES AT 44 SCHOOLS INTHE NCAA'S FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

BOWL GAMES MAKE AN AVERAGE OF $2MILLION IN SALARIES AND IN 40 OF

THE 50 STATES PUBLIC UNIVERSITYHEAD FOOTBALL AND BASKETBALL

COACHES ARE THE HIGHEST PAIDPUBLIC EMPLOYEES.

>> Jon: EXCUSE ME THEY PREFERTHE TERM EDUCATOR.

BUT ALL RIGHT, SO AS WE DO ATTHE END OF EVERY MARCH MADNESS A

SALUTE TO THE HEROES, TO THEEDUCATORS OF THESE FINE STUDENT

ATHLETES.

♪ ONE SHININGMOMENT YOU REACH FOR THE SKY ♪

♪ ONE SHINING MOMENT, YOU KNEW,ONE SHINING MOMENT YOU WERE

WILLING TO TRY ♪♪ ONE SHINING MOMENT YOU KNEW.

>> Jon: YEAH, IT GETS ME EVERYTIME.

[ LAUGHTER ]WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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