NCAA – Sports, Scholarship and John Oliver!

NCAA – Sports, Scholarship and John Oliver!

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It all sounds hazy when you think of the NCAA. To start with, athletes aren’t paid, but spectators spend a lot of money to watch NCAA basketball or NCAA football. While a lot of athletes make it to the big leagues like the NFL and the NBA, an equal number of athletes are left struggling.

Why struggle, you might ask

Well, struggle because it is already difficult to find a job and it gets all the more difficult when you have spent a lot of college time on the basketball court instead of in the lectures, and you are more or less clueless about what went on in there.

It isn’t like that, is it? Isn’t that what you’re thinking right now? Well, it may break your heart to know that that’s how it is. While being on a team and getting to play at the national level may sound lucrative, think practically. You will only make it if you are better than the best. The chances of you making it to a good team aren’t always high either. What if you get chosen on an underdog team and never move out of it? Consider your game and where you stand very honestly; assess the situation and then, take the plunge. A lot of players take the plunge in a dreamy-eyed state rather than in a realistic manner only to suffer later on in life.

The advantages

However, once the dream gets over, you are wide awake. Think of this, the advantages of being on an NCAA football or NCAA basketball rooster are:

  1. You ‘MAY’ have a chance to play on the national and eventually even international level, but again, you may not. (See the emphasis on the word "may"?)
  2. You can spend a lot of time playing the sport without largely compromising on your grades.
  3. You get a chance to showcase your skills IF you get adequate game time. (Notice emphasis on "if"?)

And the disadvantages:

  1. You compromise on the lectures to quite an extent.
  2. If you miss the chance of entering into one of the big leagues, your future is in some jeopardy.
  3. You aren’t going to have a lot of free time because you will end up giving away a lot of it to your sport.
  4. You will not get paid or compensated for anything.

Now, the chances are even here. So, it isn’t a bad idea to dream of making it big, but at the same time, one mustn’t lose grip of the present. No, the NCAA isn’t a bad thing, it is an excellent platform, but it isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Therefore, before you have signed upon the dotted line, think things through.

Don’t believe it? Watch John Oliver parody it all here –
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pX8BXH3SJn0

Know someone who is all dreamy-eyed about making it big in the sports world and doesn’t have a grasp of what the situation is really like? Why don’t you share this with them and everyone else?

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