Should College Football Be Banned?
tuition is skyrocketing and schools are slashing their budgets to make
ends meet, but there’s one program that is considered so sacrosanct that
most people wouldn’t even think of touching it: football.
Buzz Bissinger of the Wall Street Journal argues that the cost of college
football is high (not to mention the injuries) and the benefits to students
are low, so it should be banned:
In more than 20 years I’ve spent studying the issue, I have yet
to hear a convincing argument that college football has anything do
with what is presumably the primary purpose of higher education: academics.
That’s because college football has no academic purpose. Which
is why it needs to be banned. A radical solution, yes. But necessary
in today’s times.
Football only provides the thickest layer of distraction in an
atmosphere in which colleges and universities these days are all about
distraction, nursing an obsession with the social well-being of students
as opposed to the obsession that they are there for the vital and single
purpose of learning as much as they can to compete in the brutal realities
of the global economy.