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  1. Janet Beatty

    Thanks, Marcia, for continuing to “tackle” the hard issues associated with college sports. From what little I know, the coffers of the schools who sponsor these sports grow bigger year after year. Harking back to the Atlantic article, the plantation mentality includes coalescing the power and money within the institution, the place where a few “know what is good” for the many. Some may say that the huge revenues garnered by sports help to pay for top professors, research laboratories, and other amenities that usually are not available to the average undergraduate. So the players (football, basketball, volleyball, etc) are not only enriching the school, but aren’t even able to reap the benefits that their dollars bring in.

    It is idealistic to believe that the love of money and the perceived power that money brings will give way to fairness. But then, it was idealist to believe that a rich person could somehow get into heaven!

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    1. Marcia

      Thank you, Janet, for your comments. Yes, you are right about the idealism. I guess Jesus was an idealist, too! Life may never be altogether fair, but we can choose to listen to our better angels instead of the voices that tell us to grab for all we can. I also appreciate the way you remind us about the paternalism of “knowing what is good” for the people who are locked out of access to the wealth. Perhaps the hardest lesson for the privileged few is that the “other” knows his/her experience better than the one who has gotten to define those experiences for generations.

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    1. Marcia

      Thanks for your comment, Beverly.

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