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Old 12-31-2017, 01:50 PM
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Originally Posted by ma5cmpb View Post
With Jimbo Fisher recently signing a 10 year 75 million deal and with Urban Meyer, Nick Saban, Jim Harbaugh getting 6-10 million a year and with several assistant coaches getting over a million dollars per year. i think the salaries are getting out of control. Pretty soon a coach will sign a 100 million deal.

I can see maybe a private school paying that amount but i think it's ridiculous that a state school would pay that amount.
You know, what's that based on? Is it just some arbitrary notion of what people should be paid, or is it based on what the market will bear?

If for example a football program was hemorrhaging cash and wasn't putting a good product on the field, then that would be one thing. But if a college program is turning a profit and representing the university well, then it's a completely useless argument, a non sequitur if you will. I mean, hey, I would prefer that Nick Saban retire, chiefly because we have to play him every year. But that man earns every single dime in terms of the quality of the teams he coaches and the amount of money he brings to that university.

I mean, heck, while we're at it, why should a famous actor earn the fabulous cash they do? After all, all they have to do is be attractive and mimic emotions in front of a camera. Singers? So genetics has given them good vocal cords. So what? They should be happy earning what we think they should earn. And the list goes on.

You know when you'll see coaches' salaries reined in? When people stop watching college football on television and when CBS, ABC, and ESPN stop signing television packages worth untold zillions of dollars. When people stop actually watching the game the way they do today. Because at the moment, college football is arguably the most popular sport in America. Maybe not in the television ratings, but in terms of fan involvement and allegiance. The NFL on Sunday is something people can watch, and your uncle practically has to will you season tickets in order to attend. Meanwhile, college ball is something just about anyone can participate in as a fan, whether they go watch, Alabama, Auburn, or Slippery Rock.

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Old 01-01-2018, 07:04 AM
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I won't pretend to understand how the finances of a major athletic department work, but wouldn't a big program like Alabama, or Texas A&M be self sustaining?
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