Paying athletes salaries as university employees is impractical, given the complex set of ancillary issues that option raises. However, allowing college athletes to receive money from outside the athletic department is much more straightforward.
Needless violence on and off the field should undermine the popularity of professional football. Sadly, that isn't the case. In fact, violence is accepted, even encouraged, by the National Football League because it sells.
I grew up in Western Pennsylvania -- the cradle of quarterbacks, Steeler Country, the home of those folks accused of "clinging to their guns and rel...
Many have criticized the involvement of the athletes and Coach Pinkel, despite issues of race that directly affect the players on a human level. And yet, these dissenters are the same folk that buy tickets to the games, hoping to be a part of the sports madness so long as the players remain silent to marginalization.
Nothing seemed to motivate the school's governing body to take action. Low and behold, once the football team takes a stand, everything kicks into overdrive.
People of color can't be the only ones protesting racial injustice. I remember after the deaths of Mike Brown and Eric Garner, tears sprang to my eyes as I saw many white people taking to the streets to protest. As a black woman, that's not something I feel everyday.
As members of the university community, football players can enhance equity and non-discrimination on campus and promote a safe environment for all students. All it would take is the threat of a strike.
Is it time for Catholic fans to rethink their love of the game?" In a poll of U.S. Catholic readers -- who are not representative of Catholicism at large -- 70% "agree" that "Supporting the NFL is an ethical conflict of interest for Catholics."
I believe it's time to reconsider what it means to be a father in America. Sure, we could look for guidance to the pre-smartphone era. But many 80s and 90s fathers spent far too much time in front of the TV at the expense of their children. Instead, a model that embodies what children need is the nineteenth-century American frontier father.
Community and friends versus my own heart: At the end of freshman season, I had to choose between succumbing to the pressure of pleasing others and following my true interests. In looking back, I tapped into the courage I found when I began to negotiate the boundaries of stereotyping.
Colleges don't want essays that are set exclusively in the past. Colleges want to know who applicants are now, especially about their leadership, initiative, resilience, and passions. Colleges do not award admissions decisions or scholarships to kids who only look backward.
On Monday, when Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer announced updated punishments for quarterback J.T. Barrett's recent drunk driving arrest -- a one-game suspension and revoked scholarship for the summer school term -- it exemplified everything wrong with college football.
Geno Smith was not the sole or even the primary cause for the Jets' loss to the Raiders. But he is also not a franchise QB and certainly not the future for the Jets. There is now serious cause for concern about how the rest of the season will play out.
Football provides an unmistakable opportunity to teach a captive audience of young people about character. It's a rare opening and we feel very strongly that it shouldn't be wasted. So we use the game as a hook to teach kids that strength of character is an essential ethic for a successful life.
There may be a perception that MLS has deep pockets. Certainly, the profiles of the MLS owners would lead one to believe that that is the case. But in truth, the MLS business model is structured to avoid leveraging their wealth.
This universal problem has turned into a global crisis, as I have heard complaints from women from all over the world and from all walks of life.