Hello BSD friends, since you all are such a thoughtful and intelligent bunch I thought I'd solicit opinions on something that frankly I've been back and fourth about for some time.
When it comes to "student-athletes" I cannot help but think that for some sports (e.g. men's basketball, football) the NCAA and universities are consciously taking advantage of students at the expense of their education, long-term career/life prospects, and most tragically, their health.
That last point is particularly disconcerting to me, given the documents incidences of university/NCAA negligence in providing long-term support or care to students who are permanently injured. My SO is a doctor who specializes in traumatic brain injury, stroke, and spinal cord injury - it's truly tragic to see how debilitating (financially and physically) injuries can be. I also just don't think it's at all ethical how much cake the NCAA and universities eat off of players who have to essentially relinquish rights to their own name and branding.
This article from Deadspin is particularly relevant to the above, and was a bit of a wake up call for myself. http://deadspin.com/how-the-myth-of-the-ncaa-student-athlete-was-born-1524282374
I'd appreciate and value your perspective on the issue. I do not believe most schools are doing what is ethical when it comes to the education, care, and compensation of student athletes.
Hopefully, this is a welcome reprieve for the Shaka Smart speculation :)