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Comin’ home to roost

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Miami is just the latest school to show the world that the NCAA needs to compensate its athletes.

I will be the equivalent to El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, the NCAA is the equivalent to John F. Kennedy and Nevin Shapiro is Lee Harvey Oswald’s equivalent.

“Being an old farm boy myself, chickens coming home to roost never did make me sad; they always made me glad.”

A report by Yahoo Sports revealed that Shapiro provided “impermissible” benefits to 72 University of Miami players from 2002 to 2010. These benefits include money, cars, yacht trips, jewerly and other gifts. Also according to the report, coaches and administrators got the “beneficial” treatment from Shapiro as well.

This latest allegation puts the exclamation point on a summer filled with rules violation improprieties from programs such as Ohio State and North Carolina. And I couldn’t be more happier.

Since the inception of the National Collegiate Athletic Association in 1906, the NCAA has maintained its amateurism propaganda even after obtaining corporate sponsors and earning billions of dollars from television contracts. However, anyone with common sense know that once money is exchanged, it isn’t amateurism anymore but business.

And once something becomes a business, its workers become employess. By definition, an employee is: ‘a person working for another person or a business firm for pay.’ Student athletes are contracted (scholarship) to work (play a sport) for a school which is a firm underneath the larger corporation of the NCAA.

All of these allegations of college athletes taking money and gifts is brought on by the NCAA itself. The NCAA needs its employees (athletes) to perform so it can continue to earn money for its corporate sponsors so the NCAA can continue to get the sponsor’s money.

The NC two A created the beast. It became a business but neglected to pay its employees.  So instead of its employees going on strike (because there isn’t a union like in the NFL), they find other means to get the compensation they deserve. And the NCAA going to have the nerve to punish one of its own for allowing it to happen because, well, it can’t punish itself right?

The chickens came home. No one should work for free and maybe a roosting is what needed to get the student-athletes their much earned bread.


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