Championship shines light on Money in College Sports by Mitch E. Perry

01/09/07

Dave Zirin on College Football

 

In Gainsville, police say a serious traffic crash just west of the post-game victory party on West University Avenue marred what was otherwise a well-behaved celebration following the University of Florida’s BCS National Championship victory over Ohio State University 41-14 last night in Glendale Arizona.

 

Coach Urban Meyer is set to receive a $100,000 bonus for winning last night’s game.  He’ll also receive a $50,000 bonus for finishing in the top 10 in the country.  He also received $150,000 for appearing in the game.  Oh, and he received a $75,000 bonus for winning the South Eastern ConferenceTitle.  

 

When Florida Lawmakers go to Tallahassee in March for the beginning of the regular 2007 session, they’ll be voting on a proposal to approve a $1,000 annual fee to all students who attend the University of Florida ,,

UF President Bernie Machen said the school needs the fee because its cut-rate annual tuition of $3,206 set by the legislature has forced administrators to increase class sizes. UF ranks last nationally in tuition costs when compared with other national flagship universities.

But some people look at the money that Football coach Urban Meyer is now set to make after last night’s game – and wonder. 

Although Meyer’s base salary is relatively modest at $231,750, he does have a provision in his contract to have that salary reviewed at the end of next season. 

 

Meyer’s financial success comes on the heels of the University of Alabama hiring Nick Saban last week, to an unprecedented $4 million dollars a year contract. 

The House Ways and Means Committee has asked the NCAA to explain — among other things — why coaches are paid so much and whether athletic departments with up to $105 million in revenue deserve tax-exempt status.

Dave Zirin is the author of the book, “What’s my Name Fool : Sports and Resistance in the United States”, and is a frequent contributor to the Nation Magazine.  We asked him about the money in college athletics, and is it out of control? (roll tape#1 o.q. “all trending the other way”)

 

That’s Author and columnist Dave Zirin….We’ll hear from him later in the broadcast on his thoughts on today’s baseball hall of fame voting, where for the first time, a player strongly associated 

   

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