The Transfer Portal Was A Bad Idea
"Every player in college basketball has entered the transfer portal."
|NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis. Just look at the damn thing! $$$$$$$$$$ |
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Yes, I'm still on the subject of basketball, as the college basketball season comes to an end.
The NCAA has implemented what they call the "transfer portal," which allows student athletes to switch schools between seasons without penalty. Previously they had to sit out a year. This was to discourage corruption.
I suppose the transfer portal has given college athletes the same options that non-athlete students have, to simply transfer to a different school if you feel like it and can get accepted, but it has also brought free agency into college sports, as well as all new ways of unethical recruiting. I have a feeling that any amount of corruption is already occurring and bribes probably flow freely.
Maybe it's time to just go ahead and burn down the entire system? Too much money is made over the fiction that college athletes are actually college students. I'm a fan of college sports, but sometimes I think we should simply make athletic scholarships illegal. We wouldn't be allowed to give someone a scholarship simply because they are a certain height or have a certain hair color. Why should we give scholarships for people who can play a sport well? That doesn't make natural sense. And that's because it's all really about the money.
If college sports didn't bring in the revenue that it does, the entire system wouldn't exist. I enjoy watching the sporting events, but my disdain for the supposed amateur nature of college athletics grows every year.
I think the United States might be better off with a junior or minor league option. Of course, we already have this in some sports. I think we should probably get rid of the big money college sports that we have now. Ban colleges from having anything more than intramural and exhibition sports. Un-employ the multi-millionaire coaches. Dismantle the mega-stadiums and arenas.
Don't worry, good players will still find teams, as will good coaches. Since they are treating state and non-profit universities like money farms, let them go into the private sector. They will either make it or they won't. If they don't, then I could suggest they seek post-secondary education and learn a profession or trade, just like everybody else.