Justin Stewart: ESPN rules college sports

February 18, 2014 

The ACC has grabbed its television-contract money and thrown the conference’s players, fans, coaching and officiating staffs under the team bus (in the snow, no less).

Scheduling university games at 9 on a Wednesday night to satisfy viewing audiences in other time zones is ridiculous enough. Trying to insist, hours into a long and crippling storm, that the teams and staff should risk their lives getting to the game in weather and road conditions bad enough that they told ticket-holders not to come? Just because a time slot must be filled? I don’t know what to call that, but it’s hardly surprising.

What perplexes me is why the ACC is still relevant, as it’s crystal clear all of our student-athletes and their support systems now work for ESPN.

Hey, tell that one again about how the integrity of education would be marred if we let players get paid.

Justin Stewart

Durham

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