Quote Of The Day
“For a long time, we’ve battled this notion of what role athletics plays in our collegiate system. We’ve succumbed to the idea that sports should be revenue-based when going back over two centuries, that hasn’t been the case. Football has been a revenue generator, at least for some schools, for quite a long time. Even that 1929 report makes it clear that football drives the revenue bus.
“But you know what they didn’t do in 1929? Decide that all sports need to be revenue generators. There’s value in sports, even ones that don’t bring in money.
“We don’t cut the philosophy or music department because it’s non-revenue. We don’t demand that those kids majoring in some esoteric math are less worthy than the business school students who are being counted on to donate hefty sums of money back once they make it big. But when it comes to track, gymnastics, swimming, and most other sports, we attach a label that anyone in college athletics dreads: non-revenue. It is a label designed to make those sports feel thankful that they are around. That’s some serious BS.”
– Excerpt from an article from the The Growth Equation (https://thegrowtheq.com), a blog founded by Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness, expressing disdain for many colleges using Covid-19 an an excuse to cut non-revenue sports.
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