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Ralph Nader wants to get rid of Athletic Scholarships

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Don't shoot the messenger. 

Nader wants to rejuvinate the League of Fans. Sounds like some sort of group of super heros to me.  Why do I think this "League" is really a bunch of paper pushing beurocrats with an agenda to get a ride on the big money collegiate sports gravy train? 

Nader claims that he is looking to protect the poor kids that had to play hurt in order to get a scholarship.  Really, he sounds just like those handlers that want to help these kids out also. Weren't there a bunch of issues about his own financial secrecy and refusal to disclose his financials?  Hmmm, so now, he wants to save the golden goose of Big Time College Football/Basketball by stopping scholarships. Why do I feel embarrassed to even post this stuff?

He also wants to stop the myth that top NCAA basketball and footballs teams are non-profits, and that is pretty hard to argue against. But, isn't paying the players like a job better than stoping the kids from getting a schollie in order to afford their education?  I worked my way through college, and I bet I didn't put in half as many hours as the average football or basketball player.

The NCAA has been so reactive and taken action only when forced that they need to be completely overhauled. If this challenge and the Cuban playoff bid can help to get the NCAA to move proactively toward a more equitable solution that would not be a bad thing.  Cleaning up the sleeze of runners, agents, etc. would also be welcomed.  If anyone knows about this "League of Fans" please do share.  I would love to know more.

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