There are many things to discuss in the sports world this week. The World Series was made for a gambler– if you took the road team in every game you could have made millions.
The Royals hired Mike Matheny as their new manager, and everyone has already begun to criticize him. He went to the World Series and his team appeared in four straight playoffs in his 6 1/2-year stint with the St. Louis Cardinals. Come on, give the guy a chance.
If the Chiefs are going to have a shot at the playoffs and make a run in the playoffs, they need to get healthy. Injuries are out of the control of the franchise. These are all topics that will continue to develop over the next few months.
The interesting story that hit the news for a couple of days and then seemed to evaporate is of the NCAA rule changes regarding the payment of college players. A new California law has made the most hypocritical organization in America evaluate what the future holds for them and their big money operation.
The NCAA is apparently looking after its own paychecks. Other states are going to follow California’s lead and support the payment of college athletes if they are used in any type of promotion of their sport. The NCAA has been able to exploit college athletes for decades with a money making windfall.
The college athlete has had to follow ridiculous NCAA rules for far too long, and that organization has had them held in a stranglehold. The title of “student-athletes” held them hostage to control the money flow. College athletes do receive scholarships for their athletic work at the university. The universities, administrators and coaches are paid millions and millions of dollars while the athletes keep the ship afloat.
College sports is loved in America. College alumni love the fall and all football brings to a campus followed by all the excitement of NCAA basketball and March Madness. As fantastic as college sports have become, it is way past time for the athletes who provide the excitement to receive compensation for their effort.
The powers to be in the NCAA and colleges have used the athletes to provide them a means to million dollar homes and luxury vehicles. These big shots rarely work up a sweat, let alone play a sport at the college level. Greed can lead to downfall and the NCAA has been living on borrowed time.
The writing is now on the wall and the slow-moving NCAA is starting to sing a different tune. It has been called out for the first time in college sports history. The gravy train is slowly coming to a stop.
Hopefully, the future will provide college athletes with better treatment than the athletes who have gone before them. It will take reorganization, but college athletics can still be a great part of the American culture with the players who make it enjoyable receiving a piece of the financial pie. It will be interesting to see how the NCAA and organization officials handle the changes to their fat cat roles.
• Quote of the week comes from Pro Football Hall of Famer Merlin Olsen: “No one gets an iron-clad guarantee of success. Certainly, factors like opportunity, luck and timing are important. But the backbone of success is usually found in old-fashioned, basic concepts like hard work, determination, good planning and perseverance.”
– Tim Crone, a William Chrisman High School graduate, is a former activities director and coach for Blue Springs High School and is a host of a weekly radio show, “Off the Wall with Tim Crone,” on KCWJ (1030 AM) 6 p.m. every Monday. He writes a weekly column for The Examiner. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.