Oh! You clicked the link, which means I have your attention. Or it could just be that you’re wondering what the hell I’m talking about after you read the title.
Either way it goes, you’re here, and now I can share my epiphany.
The other day I was watching ‘Enough,’ a movie starring Jennifer Lopez. (Yes. That’s my sole purpose of watching it, and it’s one of my favorite movies. *shrugs)
Anyways, the film is about Slim, a young waitress, who ultimately meets the man of her dreams while serving an obnoxious customer. Mitch Hiller was Slim’s savior; if her dream was to meet a successful entrepreneur that was attractive and charismatic, then she hit the jackpot. Or so she thought.
Years later, Slim couldn’t be happier. She’s married, has a daughter, and most importantly, she doesn’t have to work for tips at a diner anymore. Everything is perfect until she discovers that Mitch is having an affair. When Slim confronted Mitch about it, he responded by punching her in the face.
The man she once loved has become her nemesis.
Slim has a choice to make: she could either tolerate the abuse or runaway with her daughter to find peace. She chose the latter, which sparked a journey of paranoia that exposed Mitch to be a violent control freak.
The movie doesn’t end this way, but along the journey Slim catches up with her old boyfriend, Joe, who gives her the security and freedom that she’s been running after. Now while watching this movie I asked myself, “Is she wrong for finding happiness in someone else, even though she’s still legally married? Mitch would never concede to a divorce, so what other options are there?”
Even though it’s not right, is it technically still wrong? This is the question I have for the NCAA.
Being a student-athlete is a privilege. Students should be very appreciative of the idea of going to college for free while playing the sport they love. It’s a blessing, and being somebody who didn’t have that luxury, I’m the first person to tell a student-athlete to cherish the opportunity.
However, I’m also an advocate for people getting paid their worth. Sport junkies love stats, so here are some numbers:
According to a report in the Indy Star, the NCAA tallies $1 billion in annual revenue. Fox Sports reported in 2014 that the average college football player has a market value of $178,000/year; and for college basketball players, it’s $375,000. I’m not the most intelligent person, but if the average student pays $9,000 a year in tuition fees, then that means there’s a lot of money still out there. Right? I mean…. if I’m wrong, tell me where I made an error in my math.
College basketball has been in a frenzy as of late. An FBI investigation identified at least 25 players from prominent programs receiving monetary benefits from sport agencies. These agencies allegedly invested in marketable players through “hush money” so the players will sign with them once they declare for the draft.
Is it illegal? Yes, but think of it from this perspective. If you saw the NCAA giving coaches monetary bonuses for having a successful season (from your performance), but the organization doesn’t feel the need to pay you your worth, what would you do? That’s what I thought.
Now back to the movie.
Slim realizes that the only way she can move on is to kill her past. Literally. The movie ends with Slim scheming to get Mitch alone, so she can be done with her psychotic husband once and for all.
Now, hold your horses. I’m not saying that college athletes should kill the NCAA. However, this is a storm that the NCAA’s greed has created, and I believe this is what the student-athletes have to do to be heard: Boycott the Big Dance, the NCAA’s primary money maker.
Before this potentially happens, I urge the NCAA to do some serious soul searching. They know what they have to do solve this matter. Because everyone knows what one man won’t do, another will. If they don’t take ownership of this mess, they will find themselves in competition.