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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Favorite artical 1

What was the assignment? This was the second of two editorials that we were asked to do. Why did you choose this piece over the others we have done? I really thought it was some of my best writing all year. I thought my opinion and voice were captured really here and it was a strong and well worded document. It was one of my favorite pieces of writing. What are the strengths and weaknesses of the piece? Strengths are: my voice is really strong throughout the piece and with that also my opinion. My facts and quotes are solid and informative. My weakness might be that I didn't explain my quotes well enough and of course there's probably some grammatical errors. It's that wonderful wonderful time of year again. It's the end of March and basketball is being played and students are being exploited. This is march madness and this is an ages old debate. The March Madness tournament generates millions in revenue and yet what do the kids get? Sure they get to play under the big lights for the big school. Some even getting show off their skills before they head off into the NBA. Yet in a business, according to, that even for the smaller schools makes over 50 million dollars they don't see a dime. Now the college would argue that they're paying the athletes through scholarship and giving them an education, yet even that has it's dark side too. The scholarship money is only good as long as you stay healthy but if you get hurt then it's game over, literally. Also with the amount of hours that is put into a sport the money you make off the scholarship adds up to a number that is below minimum wage. And it's not like they're really getting an education. They have classes picked for them and tailored to them to make sure that they don't fail off the team, even though these classes can take them off the track that they want to be on. Jalen Rose a former college and NBA player and now sports analysts for ESPN said some very enlightening thoughts in an interview I was watching: "the coach would say Jalen what's wrong with you? What's wrong with me? My mothers lights about to get cut off. You don't have money at home you defiantly don't have it at school" Jalen was also a part of the Fab Five, one of the most famous college teams ever. He talked about how he was watching a recorded game one time and a commercial came up for a book about them. Yet they never saw a cut from this money, even though money was being made off them, and they couldn't do a thing about it. Bill Simmons who was interviewing Jalen at the time told this story "you guys were going to some fast food place and you didn't have enough money, but the store next to the fast food place, they had all of your jerseys in the window for $55 a jersey." This just shows that people are more than willing to exploit these kids and make money off of them and then refuse to give them even a small cut of it, or as Jalen says: "when you preach amateurism yet your getting money." Basically saying you can't be paid, but we can and it'll be off your blood, sweat, and tears. The college system is a flawed one, yet there are strides going in the right direction. The quarterback from Northeastern, who won his court case and is now able to establish a union is starting to make the system little bit more fair. But even still the NCAA found this to be unfair for the NCAA and so now is trying to overturn the decision. This argument won't stop until there is a fair and equal treatment for college athletes.

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