Are College Football Players Being Exploited?

are_college_football_players_being_exploitedThere has been an argument raging for over a decade now; should college football players receive payment? Most college football players receive full scholarships with room and board— an impressive payment by the standards of many students who have to bury themselves under debt to receive a higher education. College sports scholarships are supposed to represent the extension of a helping hand to a worthy student who performs outstandingly in both academics and their chosen sport. While many colleges maintain academic standards (and while some are questionable) there is no denying the truth, college football has become a business. Continue reading

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What is the Value of a Team?

what_is_the_value_of_a_teamThe NFL is a seemingly unstoppable money making machine. In its entirety, the NFL is worth an estimated 9 billion dollars. This comes from ticket and concession revenues, as well as merchandise, sponsoring, and television revenue. Without the 32 teams that draw fans from all around, though, the NFL would be nothing. Favorite NFL teams are a hot topic sure to get a good debate rolling, but does popularity have any correlation to a team’s financial success?

Let’s begin by looking at the top 10 most valuable and most popular teams side by side, as ranked by Forbes and the Harris Poll: Continue reading