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Buzz Bissinger Wants to Ban College Football: Agree?

Fef 2012/05/08 08:17:57
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Buzz Bissinger, author of "Friday Night Lights" (football fiction) and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, argues for the elimination of college football. I love college football, but I mostly agree with Mr. Bissinger. I don't want taxpayers funding the football teams of public universities to compete against private universities. Taxpayers rarely get a return on their investment by subsidizing college football, since most college players don't end up in professional football and pay taxes back to the state that funded their education.

Private colleges cannot compete with the million dollar salaries of public universities like UCLA. University of California at Berkeley paid head coach Jeff Tedfor over $2.3 million dollars of taxpayer money, which made Tedford the highest paid public employee in California.

Mr. Bissinger writes:
In more than 20 years I've spent studying the issue, I have yet to hear a convincing argument that college football has anything do with what is presumably the primary purpose of higher education: academics.

That's because college football has no academic purpose. Which is why it needs to be banned. A radical solution, yes. But necessary in today's times.
The author of Friday Night Lights says the costs are high, and the benefits to students are low.

author friday lights costs high benefits students

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  • MOMMA THOMAS 2012/05/15 21:44:27
    Punt -- no change
    MOMMA THOMAS
    NOW THAT WON'T HAPPEN, EVER!
  • addie 2012/05/09 16:31:44
    Punt -- no change
    addie
    What's next Baseball?
    Geez, let a person get somethong out of a public school education. lol
  • Heptarch 2012/05/08 18:17:16
    Punt -- no change
    Heptarch
    +1
    I've got an even more radical idea. Why don't we treat college football athletes as the business they are. Pay them.
  • SK-pro impeachment 2012/05/08 16:15:05
    Punt -- no change
    SK-pro impeachment
    +1
    Let's ban the making of movies and see how he flukin' likes that. What an idiot!
  • The River Rat 2012/05/08 11:18:31
    Ban college football completely
    The River Rat
    +1
    There should be a complete de-emphysis of college foorball but there never will be because of the money.
  • Punt -- no change
    Jerry (Iron Priest)☮ R ☮ P ☮ 201
    +1
    They can still have it as long as taxpayers don't pay for it. Let them pay for it themselves.
  • Fef Jerry (... 2012/05/08 14:07:55
    Fef
    A public school has too much taxpayer money to separate.
  • addie Jerry (... 2012/05/09 16:37:42
    addie
    You don't want tax payers paying for publc school activitites? What are you talking about??
  • Jerry (... addie 2012/05/10 01:52:20
    Jerry (Iron Priest)☮ R ☮ P ☮ 201
    Not college.
  • LADY LIBERTY SILLY WORDSMITH 2012/05/08 09:04:38
    Punt -- no change
    LADY LIBERTY SILLY WORDSMITH
    +1
    Let them have some physical R&R; or you'll have problems on your hands!
  • Chi~Cat 2012/05/08 08:37:59
    Punt -- no change
    Chi~Cat
    +1
    Buzz must be buzzed~

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