How poor students get soaked for college sports

  • Article by: Richard Vedder , Bloomberg News
  • Updated: June 18, 2013 - 4:34 PM

Institutions with high proportions of poorer students carrying substantial education debt appeared to be charging the highest fees.

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wa0tdaJun. 18, 13 5:14 PM

Collegiate sports are a waste of money and completely ineffective at promoting physical fitness. They serve a small minority at great expense. With a fraction of the money you could buy an excellent fitness center on campus and use it to teach good lifetime fitness habits.

hjlazniJun. 18, 13 6:22 PM

"University trustees, who are often alumni themselves, seem to view intercollegiate athletics as a way to generate school pride." This statement is inaccurate. Schools have continued the sports programs because of the revenue obtained through ticket sales and the schools desire to obtain large donations to the school during the life of the sports fan and at their death by donation. By the way, Harvard does have a noted sports program.

spruce1Jun. 18, 13 6:23 PM

Why not offer tuition packages with a surcharge for those who wish to participate in sports as athletes or fans, and no charge to those who have no interest in it? This arms race cannot continue. How many states have a football or basketball coach as the highest paid state employee?

rlwr51Jun. 18, 13 6:54 PM

More and higher student loans make banks happy - More money to "donate" and name a stadium after yourself.

rlwr51Jun. 18, 13 6:56 PM

How about if we mention the high school football coaches with there pie in the sky promises of football scholarships and a future in the pros to get performance and enthusiasm going in their teams.

jpcooperJun. 18, 13 8:52 PM

spruce1 "Why not offer tuition packages with a surcharge for those who wish to participate in sports as athletes or fans, and no charge to those who have no interest in it?

Why not offer State tax packages with fees to contribute to entitlement programs for those who wish to contribute and non entitlement tax packages for those who dont!

elmore1Jun. 18, 13 9:52 PM

This is exactly why colleges need to be regulated just like the credit card industry. Full disclosure of where tuition goes, where money is spent, graduation and employment rates for starters. That is a shame how students are blindly absorbing huge student debt while the colleges spend away. Minnesota is spending tens of millions to bailout the U and "freeze" tuition for a couple of years and instead of cutting costs, the U hires 50 more people! It is time that we put an end to the predatory practices being used on our college kids.

firefight41Jun. 19, 13 7:12 AM

How about ridding the colleges of the Athletic departments completely and focus on education?

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