An Alternative View Of March Madness

An Alternative View Of March Madness

Should student athletes be compensated?

It is that time of the year again when every guy begins making bets with their best friends, its March Madness. Intelligence will be measured by statistics and pure luck for this time period. Many people will lose a lot of money, and only a select few will walk away with their best friends beer money.

So it should be time to make the routine discussion of a basketball players rights to financial compensation. The NCAA had staggering revenue of 1 billion dollars in 2014, later in 2015 that number was constant. The winners and collectors of that large sum of money are the schools, coaches, and NCAA. The one group of people who are not paid a financial sum is the players. The players are the only reason the NCAA is in business.

Taking into consideration that the players are compensated through tuition, room and board, meal plans, and fees. All of those compensations are very rewarding and is well deserved.

Much of the revenue made from the sport events comes through viewership. However another large part of the revenue comes from the selling of merchandise. Essentially the NCAA has been marketing the player’s jersey numbers and names.

Compensating players with a highly esteemed education and basic living conditions is a great compensation. But marketing a player’s name and jersey number is unethical. Players should be receiving a percentage of the merchandise that is sold in their name.

Any normal professional sports player reviews a contract with the sports organization they are associated with and agree upon a percentage of the merchandise sales. The NCAA is no different than any other sports organization; the only difference is that they commission athletes before they officially become professional.

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah interviewed Joe Nocera this week on the topic of NCAA. Nocera is a credible New York Times writer who has recently written a book titled "Indentured: The Inside Story of the Rebellion Against the NCAA." His recommendation on the show was that if any players want to receive their rights to any monetary privileges they should refuse to play. More specifically the final four in March Madness refuse to play to take the NCAA off their guard.

The NCAA would have to meet their demands as this is the biggest pay out time of the year for them and they would not want to see it go down the drain. The players have the right to demand for merchandise compensation above all else and should be compensated immediately.

Side note, Kentucky do not stay in the lockers and refuse to play. I put a lot of faith in you this season and I intend to win again this year. Purdue losing set my bracket off enough as it is. The other teams can protest in the lockers, please not you.

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The Definitive Ranking Of Big 10 Mascots From Worst To Best

Purdue Pete faintly reminds me of a horror movie character, but it's fine.

The 2017 college football season was undoubtedly one of the best in history. It featured many twists and turns, with constant excitement along the way.

The Big Ten, though it did not have a playoff team this year, had an extremely successful year, with 8 of its 14 teams receiving a bowl bid, and going 7-1 in those games (thanks, Michigan).

With that success, I decided to take a look at what really drove the conference's great year. My conclusion is simple: the mascots.

Without the mascots, who would be there to cheer on a team like Minnesota? Probably no one. Here it is, the 2018 B1G mascot rankings.

14. Ohio State Buckeyes

Their mascot is a nut. That’s it. Also, Brutus Buckeye is not appealing to the eye, whatsoever. He looks so awkward, which is the point of the cartoon-y mascots, but he is just hideous. It also would lose every mascot battle, due to his physical inability to fight. Again, he's just a nut.

13. Penn State Nittany Lions

Apparently, some guy made up the Nittany Lion nickname in the 1900s. It’s not actually a real animal, so it gets docked down. it also looks like something you'd find at a Goodwill or an antique shop, so, it's a no from me.

12. Iowa Hawkeyes

The Hawkeyes lose because I don't know why it exists. Is it literally the eye of a hawk? Is it like some farm-related thing? I don’t really know, so that really hurts its grade. Herky the Hawkeye is also a bad name for a mascot. Plus, it shares a name with the worst Avenger (Avenger rankings will come separately). It’s still a thousand times better than a Buckeye, though.

11. Indiana Hoosiers

Someone from Indiana is called a Hoosier. That’s how Indiana thought really hard and picked themselves a mascot. There are some great people who have come out of Indiana, but it's just not there for me.

10. Minnesota Golden Gophers

Gophers are not really that threatening. Of all the rodent-related mascots in the Big Ten, they clearly come in last place in terms of intimidation, and it just looks wayyyy too happy. Why it smiles all the time, I don't know. Its lack of muscles make it so very weak-looking and less scary than their sports teams, which aren't too scary to begin with. Sorry, Goldy.

9. Maryland Terrapins

Terrapins are a small type of turtle. Not a snapping turtle. Not a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. Therefore, they suck. The name of the mascot is Testudo, which makes me a little uncomfortable, but it's whatever.

8. Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Of all the colors that Knights could be, I feel like Scarlet is way too complex— just choose red, black, white, I don't really care... just choose something normal. However, I expected this from Rutgers — they can't do much right.

7. Purdue Boilermakers

This shouldn’t be that threatening. Boilermakers are just people trained to make steel things. But think about it: Boilermakers have access to fire and can make swords, hatchets and axes, which are all very unsafe and scary. Also, Purdue Pete faintly reminds me of a horror movie character, but it's fine.

6. Illinois Fighting Illini

This mascot seems really redundant. This would be like if the Hawaii Warriors were the Hawaii Hawaiians or something. The key here that makes it scarier is that they put the word “Fighting” in front. If it wasn’t for that, they would be at the bottom, but for now, still not as bad as the Buckeyes. Again, it's a nut.

5. Nebraska Cornhuskers

When I think of corn, I don’t think scary. But there is a horror movie called “ Children of the Corn,” where children ritually murder adults in their town to ensure a successful corn harvest, which helps to color my perception of the Cornhuskers.

Also, I think we gotta cut Nebraska some slack. They have to live in Nebraska, which sucks. On top of that, Herbie Husker seems like that genuine, kind, farmer type that we all can love, so I put some respect on his name for that.

4. Northwestern Wildcats

The Wildcats would be a better nickname — possibly even top nickname — if it weren’t for one movie. That movie, ladies and gentlemen, is “High School Musical.” No other wildcats will ever top those wildcats. But seriously, wildcats is so overused it hurts. They should be something like the Knights or, really, anything original.

3. Wisconsin Badgers

When Wisconsin first became a part of the U.S., immigrants moved here to mine, and they lived in their mines like badgers. Badgers can be super vicious like the honey badger, but badgers are also lowkey super cute. This two-faced personality puts Bucky near the top.

2. Michigan State Spartans

The Spartans, in ancient times, were known for being the toughest fighters in Greece, basically killing their opposition when confronted. I felt the natural need to put them near the top so I wouldn't be attacked by a Spartan. But really, they have to be the most intimidating mascot in the B1G, nobody wants to tango with a Spartan, not even the honey badger.

1. Michigan Wolverines

Jim Harbaugh fits the model of a Wolverine better than anyone in Michigan's athletic program. He's vicious, does not care at all about your opinion, and does what he wants. Not to mention, he's a bit crazy. In reality, Jim Harbaugh is the face of the B1G, some people just don't realize it.

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