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[...] Christianson, trying to protect the institutions that employ him from actually having to pay an extra small stipend for t [...]
2005-03-18 @ 23:53
Comment from: Len [Visitor]
I say pay them to play, tax them on their earnings as well as tax them on the value of their scholarships and see how quickly this talk will cease!
2005-03-28 @ 13:27
[...] rs. The question then becomes: How would such a system ever work? As I poitned out in my blog on the subject, the vast m [...]
2005-04-01 @ 15:27
[...] ght. That said, I thought I’d chime in on paying college athletes. First off, both Kiel and Chris are right: Players [...]
2005-04-04 @ 03:12
Comment from: austin [Visitor]
your an idiot, think about how much money colleges are making off of their football and basketball players. and what to they gete out of it? how about leaving their room at 6 am and not returning till 9 pm. hmmm thats a good trade off right. its like making a movie or a tv show were the main people (the actors) arent being paid for their work
2005-04-09 @ 23:00
Comment from: Erica NIckel [Visitor]
The only thing I have to say is that women atletes bring in plenty of money in their respective universities. Just finishing the softball world series kind of leaves the impression that women atletes make colleges plenty of money. I play softball for Mississippi State and I believe that as a division 1 softball program it has a great impact on our school and it helps to bring in more students. I just thought that you needed some more insight into the situation before you began making assumptions about womens' sports not bringing in money for a school. I also thought that you should know that some people do read your site and take offense to some of the writings that you have not looked into before you write.
Thank you,
Erica
2005-06-15 @ 14:05
Comment from: Kiel Christianson [Visitor]

To anyone, Like Eric, that was offended by my comment that "none of [women's sports] make money" for a school:



I was talking in terms of averages: Yes. SOME women's sports make money for SOME schools. If your team is in the Softball World Series, that team will likely bring in money for the school. On average, most sports are lucky if they cover their own expenses, including scholarships, travel, equipment, coaching and staff, etc.



Case in point: The University of Massachusetts' MENS football team was in danger of being cut completely a couple of years ago because it costs the cash-strapped university so much money to operate. Now football is the most expensive sport there is, given the size of the team and the amount of equipment, but still, is there any doubt that if the football team cannot cover expenses that less popular sports will bring in even less for a school? And unfortunately often women's games/matches are not as well attended as men's -- I'm not saying it's right or that it's always the case, just that it tends to be the case.



So, I repeat: Not ALL women's sports cost a university money. Most women's sports are happy to cover their expenses. Ditto MOST men's sports, with the obvious exception of the ones that have TV contracts or high-profile boosters.



I fail to see how this could "offend" anyone.

2005-06-15 @ 16:01
Comment from: Joe [Visitor]
It is simple to see how a female college athlete could be offended by what you wrote: "And what of women athletes? None of their sports make money."
Thinking in terms of how a reader will interpret short, direct statements like 'None of them make money,' may help you not look like an idiot when commenting on your own column.
After you backtracked and explained what you 'really' meant by elaborating on those comments, it did make more sense and would be difficult to percieve as offensive.
Perhaps you should have elaborated more the first time around to avoid being labeled as assumptuous and liberal with the use of absolutes.
2005-08-17 @ 17:26
Comment from: Kiel Christianson [Visitor]
Joe--You're abolsutely right. The time pressures of contributing a regular blog are not conducive to careful revision, especially when one does not get paid for writing these things.

The same goes, I take it, when it comes to responses. I assume you meant "presumptuous."
2005-08-18 @ 11:47
Comment from: pimp daddy [Visitor]
dude heck yes they should be paied. they work their butts off for nothing and come back at the end of the year wiht a hopfully championship and all they get is bragging rights...........
2006-02-16 @ 13:17
Comment from: pimp daddy [Visitor]
hey its me again by the way im like is 7th grade lol .................... anyways another reason is they can never do anything because they are always supposed to be on the rode with their team.......but then again it is their choice.
2006-02-16 @ 13:19
Comment from: Mallory [Visitor] Email
I agree with you 100% but your comment.."(and tutors for those who--suprise!--can't keep their grades up)".. just to let you know that is a stereotype and your being just like everyone else who is ignorant to that fact of what college athletes do ant do not take advantage of. My boyfriend happens to be an athlete and he makes straight "A's" and has never missed a tutor session he is required to attend. So maybe you should change what you think about what you are telling people.
2007-03-29 @ 16:41
Comment from: Kiel Christianson [Member] Email
I'm a university professor myself. I have first hand knowledge of the system.
2007-03-30 @ 01:39
Comment from: Aya [Visitor] Email
Now football is the most expensive sport there is, given the size of the team and the amount of equipment.if the logic is that the players are making money for the school and they should therefore be compensated
2009-01-14 @ 12:56

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