Op-ed pick: A new way to look at March Madness

Here’s a new way to view March Madness: as a progressive’s ultimate economic nightmare.

This is what Jon Terbush wrote in The Week:

The NCAA revenue model is one in which an enormous share of the money goes to the top, including the NCAA itself and the colleges; schools reap about $1.5 million for every tournament victory. Meanwhile, only a tiny bit of that trickles down to the athletes whose labor actually produces all that cash.

That kind of economic inequality would put even America’s striking income imbalance to shame. And it’s hard to imagine even the most ardent members of the Ayn Rand fan club touting it as a model for distributing wealth fairly. But the NCAA has total authority on the matter, slapping a “student-athlete” tag on players in order to run a self-enriching monopoly on college sports.

Note: Terbush is not recommending a boycott and has filled out bracket.

If you are boycotting the NCAA March Madness or just don’t care, here’s the 2014 Awkward Bracket.

This is the most awkward image I could find:

Skating Waiter February 13, 1936: A skating waiter slips on the ice, drinks tray in hand, but doesn’t spill a drop! (Photo by E. Dean/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

  • lindblomeagles

    I’m sorry Steph that you did not get any comments about Bracketology. My son plays college basketball, and I love the Tournament, but I’m torn about this issue. Obviously, schools have frequently used sports for fundraising purposes going back from college to junior high school. Moreover, its an activity that theoretically keeps children from negative influences particularly after school. That said, nationally, men’s college football and basketball have BECOME THE TICKET for young adults and their families to earn a higher paying job as a professional sports player when their college careers are over. I saw that a lot while my son played high school basketball – thousands upon thousands of families literally going broke to get their son and daughter’s face in front of a college and pro scout. Literally, for both football and basketball, people are following these kids beginning in junior high. While I agree, the NCAA is making billions of dollars off these kids, the kids ARE GETTING SOMETHING OUT OF THIS, and that’s the opportunity, which they want, to be seen as THE NEXT PRO ATHLETE. What this country really needs to do is create minor leagues, as baseball and hockey does, for those who just want to be a pro athlete, and re-emphasize studying as one’s best hopes for receiving college scholarships.