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The tyranny of college football

"Religion is the opiate of the masses" -- Probably the best known quotation from Karl Marx.

If Marx were alive today (at least in the United States), I wonder if he might not substitute sports, and more specifically "football", for "religion".

I've obviously posted about this theme before: How college, and even high school athletics, is grossly distorting the academic mission, with football above all else (sometimes, or often, to the detriment of other competitive athletics, let alone academic programs).

Delaware's former U.S. Senator Ted Kaufman (who, not facing the need to raise campaign contributions for an election campaign, could actually chart an independent course on regulating financial institutions, as he didn't have to kowtow to Delaware's financial institutions) offers an excellent Op-Ed in The NEWS JOURNAL about the pernicious underside of bigtime college sports, specifically bigtime college football...


http://www.delawareonline.com/story/opinion/columnists/ted-kaufman/2014/03/01/college-sports-causes-more-losers-than-winners/5847771/


You can hear my interview with former U.S. Senator Ted Kaufman (D-DE)... about both this, and the Ukrainian crisis...


Audio Here



Here's something to ponder: Could / Would a current Delaware officeholder be brave enough to pen such a column? Or is the risk of alienating sports fans who happen to be voters too high?

Posted at 7:44am on March 3, 2014 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

mrpizza
Mon, Mar 3, 2014 7:48am
Here's something else Karl Marx said:

"The first battlefield is the rewriting of history."

kavips
Mon, Mar 3, 2014 1:22pm
Actually the real culprit is capitalism.. Precisely it it investors investing in college sports who want a return on their investments... For example, I'll write a check for $100,000 for your school, in return, I need the concessions across the next 20 years from your games...

mrpizza
Mon, Mar 3, 2014 2:58pm
Kavips: You're making my point. The second thing Karl Marx did after rewriting history was to destroy capitalism. The end result was that everybody ultimately ended up in the poorhouse and a lot of innocent people ended up dead.

Of course, liberals like you deny that and would say it was actually Gorbachev who won the cold war rather than Reagan.


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