Editor: I waited two days to see if Buckeye fur would fly over Bob Hunter's excellent piece (Tuesday) on the "business" of college sports. I saw no letter in The Dispatch, so it seems up to me.
Editor: I waited two days to see if Buckeye fur would fly over Bob Hunter’s excellent piece (Tuesday) on the “business” of college sports. I saw no letter in TheDispatch, so it seems up to me.
Big sports programs in major land-grant institutions should be divested of their nonprofit status and be declared profit centers. Athletesshould be paid, the delusion of “ student-athlete” should come to an end and, if coaches are to be paid stratospheric salaries, take it out ofexpenses along witha share rightfullyplaced in the coffers of the universities — possibly offsetting the need to raise tuition.
Since land-grant universities receive federal funding for the advancement of agriculture, have a federal investigation of the calumny that has become college sports to end the charade of amateurism.
Additionally, ending nonprofit status for these business enterprises should redirect the thousands of dollars donated by avid followers of their sport teams from athleticsto where the money belongs — in general scholarship funds, supporting education.If I am not mistaken, education is the primary purpose of a university anyway.
— Joseph A. Koncelik, Powell
Joseph: Those are noble sentiments indeed, and I’m sure there are many folks who agree with you. But to continue the agricultural theme, I believe these cows have left the barn, never to return.
Ray: I would like to comment on the coverage and recognition of high-school athletes. Looking in (last Saturday’s) paper, I noticed that the largest school district in the state, Columbus Public Schools, had only three athletes on the all-metro baseball team.
I also noticed that the athletes of the week hardly ever mention athletes from City League schools. Is this a lack of information provided by the City schools or just a lack of reporters that want to cover the inner city?
— Keith Eaton, Columbus
Keith: We don’t select our all-metro teams in baseball — or any sport, for that matter — based on district size.
The City League has some decent players, but in general, its baseball isn’t on par with the suburban schools. As a point of fact, not since 2002 has a City school qualified for the district tournament in baseball.
Editor: What a show of sportsmanship! I’m referring to the picture on Page C2 of (last) Sunday’sDispatch. Canal Winchester’s Jocselyn Powell, winner of the 300-meter hurdles final in the state track meet, is comforting the runner-up, Marinice Bauman of Olentangy. I don’t know either girl, but the picture is awesome.
— Dorothy Nolan, Canal Winchester
Dorothy: Thanks for acknowledging photographer Barbara Perenic’s sharp eye in spotting and capturing that great moment. From what I have heard about Ms. Powell, her classy act surprised no one who knows her.
Ray: I’d love to hear the reason why The Dispatch (last Sunday) had zero coverage of the Ohio Machine lacrosse game. The game versus the Boston Cannons was an exciting match and was completed before 9:15 p.m., so I doubt if lateness can be a factor.
This is poor sports coverage. Not to cover a local professional team in a Sunday paper following a Saturday evening game is ludicrous. I’m not yet a huge, knowledgeable lacrosse fan, but The Dispatch sure doesn’t make it any easier with such shoddy lack of reporting.
I’m sure a hair-brained dismissive excuse can be concocted, but instead would you attempt to provide legit insight here?
— Jim Amber, Delaware
Jim: OK, I will do what I can to provide honest insight: The game was played on Friday night, so we ran an account in last Saturday’s edition. Now I will return to biting my tongue.
Ray Stein is sports editor of The Dispatch.