"The Price of Poverty in Big Time College Sport"

9/13/2011: From Drexel University and the NCPA: Executive summary here, well worth reading it all. They compare what college players would earn in a competitive market, with what they earn under the NCAA hiring cartel:

5. Football players with the top 10 highest estimated fair market values are worth between $345k- $514k in 2009-10. The top spot was held by University of Texas football players. While 100% of these players received scholarships that left them living below the federal poverty line and with an average scholarship shortfall of $2841 in 2010-11, their coaches were paid an average of over $3.5 million each in 2010 excluding bonuses. (See Table 1.)

This hits home at UO with the story about how Nate Costa’s football injuries kept him off the Springfield police force. Some people make a lot of money off of college sports. Free cars too. Other people don’t. Why is that?

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2 Responses to "The Price of Poverty in Big Time College Sport"

  1. Anonymous says:

    Breaking: raises not just at UO — the links kind of bungled but at


    Reports the Statesman Journal:

    A white paper released by the union Monday listed the names of 35 administrators at the University of Oregon and 19 more at Portland State University who received pay raises during the previous biennium.

    The administrators who were granted the raises already had been making more than $100,000, the SEIU paper noted. The raises ranged from 2.8 percent to 18.7 percent.

    “At a time when OUS publicly bemoaned state General Fund cuts, its universities somehow found money to grant many administrators large pay increases even as classified staff received no cost-of-living adjustment and had to take unpaid furlough days,” the SEIU report reads.

  2. Anonymous says:

    This Taylor Branch article in The Atlantic has been making a splash: The Shame of College Sports http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2011/10/the-shame-of-college-sports/8643/