Does all the news about the child abuse scandal at Penn State make you think College Football and all the money involved has gotten TOO large and TOO powerful?

Does all the news about the child abuse scandal at Penn State make you think College Football and all the money involved has gotten TOO large and TOO powerful?

Bignuf Bignuf
College football is no longer "fun sports" for college players, it is a multi-million dollar business, with very little oversight, off the field. Some say the events with the child abuse cover up at Penn State are a reflection of the money in this sport having gotten simply too powerful, others say that the football and money have nothing to do with it...this was the action of some sick, twisted men and it can happen in any business (and has..as seen with the Church scandels of recent times). What is YOUR take?
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Big Money Football and the need to "protect the school and game" played big into the cover up.
11
The school and football had nothing to do with this. It was bad people and poor choices that lead to the cover up.
4
Other?
Total votes: 15 (14 voters)
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Cherrylane Cherrylane
I think it was some of both. At it's heart, it doesn't have anything to do with football. Bad people, bad decisions, negligence. However, it's clear by their reactions and the reactions of many (particularly uber fans and people in the community, as well as several of the people involved) who also think it's okay to have had, say, different priorities.

I, personally, wouldn't have been able to sleep if I was directly informed of that kind of information until I knew police were investigating. I would worry about the kids. I would want to know the situation had been legitimately handled. I wouldn't pass it off to my boss for them to "handle." Part of it is just evilness, part of it is negligence, and part of it is corruption.

Besides that, I don't care how much money a sport brings in. The purpose of college is not sports or parties. It's an education. This country would probably be at least a little better off if we remembered that.
11/15/2011
Gunsmoke Gunsmoke
College football (and basketball) are all about exploiting athletes for the benefit of the coaches - the schools don't benefit much except for the prestige factor. It's quite natural for them to exploit the vulnerable - the corrupt a are simply that. The facade of them 'helping' these kids is such a huge joke. They all end up damaged goods who suffer greatly with life altering injuries and short life spans.

After more than 100 years of this abuse - they are just starting to study concussion - what took so long? Someone should do a study of retired college and pro football players - the results would be stunningly bad.

Sorry for the rant...
11/15/2011
authorzero authorzero
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Originally posted by Cherrylane
I think it was some of both. At it's heart, it doesn't have anything to do with football. Bad people, bad decisions, negligence. However, it's clear by their reactions and the reactions of many (particularly uber fans and people in the ...
I agree. The situation overall has nothing to do with sports. It has nothing to do with the college. It has to do with a sick individual, and some people trying to keep their image from being tarnished. Unfortunately, I think this type of incident could happened at many businesses in many industries. What is distressing to me in particular is how a lot of the fans handled the situation. If anything it shows how sports fanaticism can blind people to the importance of other things going on. Penn State fans (many, but not all of course) were upset that their beloved coach was fired, despite the fact that he pretty obviously lacked the ability to handle a situation properly.
11/15/2011
poetprincess poetprincess
Quote:
Originally posted by Bignuf
College football is no longer "fun sports" for college players, it is a multi-million dollar business, with very little oversight, off the field. Some say the events with the child abuse cover up at Penn State are a reflection of the money ...
I believe anything involving big money is just wrong. There is so many better things that money can go for. Instead its going to line the pockets of creeps like that..
12/01/2011
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