Nader Calls for an End to Athletic Scholarships (Sports Illustrated)

With the NCAA’s March Madness in full swing, consumer advocate and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader is focusing on college sports, calling on the NCAA to end athletic scholarships. “It’s time we step back and finally address the myth of amateurism surrounding big-time college football and basketball in this country,” Nader said.


  1. Mark Lesser says:

    Sometimes I think that Ralph Nader, demonized, hated, and ridiculed as he is, might just be the last honest man left in this land (except for me, of course). Of course it is an absurdity to use athletic prowess as a means of getting a free college ride. Very few colleges make any money from athletics, and since colleges are ostensibly primarily focused on academics, there is no logic to favoring athletes. For the few schools that do make money from athletics, athletic scholarships are a blatant confession that the schools are being run as a business, and such schools should immediately lose their non-profit status.
    The fact that athletics is so revered in our society not only does not justify colleges mirroring the sentiment, but is rather a cogent argument for NOT doing so. Violence and gratuitous sex, aversion to scholarship, dislike of the intellectual are also rampant sentiments in this land of ours, but that is not a justification for colleges to extol them.

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