- 09/13/2010, 06:13PM ET
:CubanMissile: said 09/13, 06:13 PM
Let's face it, every year we see super athletic High School kids go to college with no aspirations to learn. They go to serve their mandated time until they can move on to the next level. College's love it. They don't care if their "student athletes" are just taking minimum mandated hours and taking classes such as "ballroom dancing" or "tourism" : all they care about is that the athletes perform on the field and therefore make the program lots of money.
The athletes leave for the pro's and are not prepared. Sure physically they might be, but what about mentally? How many times do we see athletes who sign million-dollar contracts lose it all or invest poorly. Everyday you see young pro's making poor business decisions, or acting inappropriately. Many seem to be poor public speakers with no PR experience.
College needs to offer a professional sports major
Major - subject or field of study chosen by a student to represent his or her principal interest and upon which a large share of his or her efforts are concentrated:
It's not a guarantee for a job, a major just prepares one to succeed in a field. Other select fields have majors, why not sports?
Rudedog: Believe The Hype said 09/14, 11:50 AM
Sorry it took so long, but here's what I think
Now, let's say an athlete spends 2 years majoring in Professional Sports and enters his prospective draft. What happens when he as an athlete isn't good enough to make a professional team? He's tried his whole college career to be a pro sports athlete, but it failed and now they have no degree to fall back on
For every athlete who doesn't make it and implodes that you hear about, there's that many if not more stories about athletes who didn't make it, but had a degree to fall back on
I agree college sports has a MAJOR problem, but this isn't the way to fix it. Make coaches/schools enforce the rules instead of changing the rules to benefit these types of players. If you have kids majoring in pro sports, you've basically went all-in that you're going to be a pro athlete and unless you're a superb player, it's not going to end well.
Think about basketball.
There are 346 division 1 college basketball programs. 12 members to a team. 4,152 athletes
There are 30 NBA teams with 12 members. That's 240
So how many of those college kids are going to fail because they majored in pro sports?
:CubanMissile: said 09/14, 07:49 PM
"So what happens when he isn't good enough to go pro?"
That seems to be the basis of your argument. What happens when someone who's trying to be a surgeon just doesn't have the skills for it? What happens when someone trying to be a lawyer can't pass the bar?
As said before taking it as a major doesn't guarantee a job. They have degrees in music, dance, and broadcasting. Are those jobs easy to come by? Do you really need a degree to get a job in those fields?.......no.
I get that everyone can't do it. Thats how all majors are.
The fact is though that every year people do become professional athletes, and in some cases they are forced to go to college before pro. If this is what they want to do with their life why aren't they offered a chance, especially if they are forced to go to college? How does taking blowoff classes help them? Instead they come out with no help in their field of choice and a bunch of useless credits.
Rules and Regulations
In the event they don't make it they will at least have experience in the field to get a sports office, advising, or scouting job.
:CubanMissile: said 09/16, 08:07 PM
What do college athletes get out of playing sports in college?
I'm not talking about the people just excited to make the team and play the sport they love. I'm talking about the Derrick Rose type players. The guys who are simply in college because the pro's dictate they must wait a year after high school, even if they are NBA ready. Shouldn't they get help preparing for their future as well. The make the schools millions, so shouldn't the schools put some of that money back into the players?
All the time I see GM's and Scouts worried about players maturity levels and off field antics. I see players breaking rules that "they where not aware of", and saying things that just hurt their image. It's a billion dollar industry, and the athletes are not being prepared to handle their future.
Whats wrong with allowing them to take classes that will help them with their future? Shouldn't we give them a better chance to succeed. Its a field where jobs are available every year, and which many try to concentrate on to provide for their future. A major will encourage them to go to class and possibly even stay in school.
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