Out of the Rafters
- Aug 18, 2008
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Full disclosure: I haven't read the article you linked yet.I was hoping this conversation would stay a little truer to the topic of Covid-19, but everyone has been thoughtful and respectful of differing views. Speaking of the "money-maker" sports, I don't think it's fair to draw a parallel to taxation. Take a moment to read the fallout of Covid-19 budget changes to the Stanford athletic department:
Questions and answers regarding the details of a Stanford Athletics varsity sports reduction.news.stanford.edu
This might be a school with extreme examples, but I believe you can learn a lot from the discontinued sports. Stanford is a school that has gotten into some trouble for maintaining a large endowment fund without using it to address the economic barriers to enrolling in the university.
Sports which are being cut are men’s and women’s fencing, field hockey, lightweight rowing, men’s rowing, co-ed and women’s sailing, squash, synchronized swimming, men’s volleyball and wrestling. I would make an argument that wrestling is indeed a sport that attracts a variety of economic classes, but overall those are "pay to play" sports for children of wealth. People often link Title IX and women's athletics from profits men's football and basketball generate, but there is a lot of deeply rooted "rich getting richer" in the athletic scholarships at many universities.
That also doesn't factor in club sports. My financial advisor loves talking about how he jumped through the hoops at his college to officially establish co-ed skiing as a club sports, which appropriated them a budget that they could spend on ski trips and all the partying that goes with it.
What I really hope here is that the shortfalls at the university level finally pushes better oversight on how funds are used. Money is the primary driving factor in university decisions on the level of safety precautions, and I'm definitely concerned over what is about to happen at many campuses before the vaccine is created.
I just generally dislike the current state of people pocketing profits off the top in times of prosperity, but when something like COVID happens, we're not willing to operate in a deficit for a short period of time.