This blog describes some ideas that seem to be different from the current train of political thought. I will try to bring up somewhat unique and innovative ideas regarding political systems and policies in the US. I hope those who comment also bring in such ideas.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Time to end subsidies of BCS football teams

The Knight Commission recently released a report on college sports, calling for balanced spending.

I think it is criminal that BCS athletic programs are given huge subsidies by the various state governments, especially when states are currently struggling to fund education. It is time to end subsidies to athletics at BCS universities - especially the subtle ones like student fees and out-of-state tuition waivers.

However, states should go further. Look at the huge money that teams in BCS conferences are making from TV. Why not let them keep a couple of million for expenses, then have the general education fund of the state be given the rest. It would return sports in universities to a more balanced position, and allow for significant funding increases in general education.

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