Monday, March 26, 2007

Mad in March (about going to college and not graduating)

With great basketball comes great criticism of basketball? I find it hard enough to follow all the Madness each spring, but the folks for the Nation (Tom Engelhardt) and the Washington Post (Lindsey Luebchow, Kevin Carey) make March more maddening. How? By zooming in on such things like graduation rates, attendance, attrition, and academics. Topped off with a dollop of racism and don't forget the side of exploitation, and you got a recipe for crazy high add revenue and viewership.

It's easy to get caught up in it all. I love sports. But I'd be remiss to ignore the pressures and dangers an industry hell bent on the bottom line burdens our talented young people with. If nothing else, WAPO's bracket makes a mockery out of graduation rates in some of these programs. Of course the mockery doesn't end with athlete graduation rates.

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