Collegiate Athletics, the NCAA, and compensation. Are collegiate athletes really entitled to further compensation? By: Ebo Amissah-Aggrey

“Our team is worth 1.5 billion but it wouldn’t be fair to other students if we get a free hamburger?”

When Ohio State quarterback Joe Burrow sent this tweet out on September 21, 2017 there were mixed reactions.

The tweet which went viral, has now been retweeted over 13,000 times as well as garnering 38,000 likes.

Some applauded the quarterback for using his platform to bring attention to the larger topic at hand.

And of course, others were not too kind.

“I have $200,000 in debt. You get plenty,” one user said in a reply to the tweet.

But why was that there was so much backlash to the tweet? Was it just because it came from Burrow or did it speak to a larger issue at hand?

Over the past few years, the debate about whether or not collegiate athletes should be paid has ramped up.

These student athletes have worked their whole lives to reach the point where they have earned a scholarship to the university of their choosing.

And as a result, they have also helped the universities bring in money in the form of revenue and multi-billion-dollar TV rights deal.

So, when the WSJ puts out a story that Ohio State football program is worth $1.5 Billion, then how much are the players worth?

If you follow an NFL formula for paying players, then each Buckeye would be paid $482,559 a year.

If you follow an NBA formula for paying players, an OSU basketball player would be paid $925,354 year.

The concept of the term student-athletes has been the bed rock of the NCAA since its inception.

Students first, athletes second.

That’s the motto.

The motto also then perpetuates that student-athletes aren’t subject to anything further than a free education and minor some privileges outside of that.

But that is an idea that doesn’t sit right with some people.

“People saying that somebody doesn’t need any more compensation because other people have it worse doesn’t happen anywhere else in the marketplace,” said Burrow in an email.

When asked to comment about the nature of collegiate athletes being compensated and this proposed method of compensation, Ohio State university declined to comment.

“No need for me to comment,” said Ben Johnson, Director of media relations at OSU.

“You don’t hear anybody saying that Bill Gates needs to stop making so much money because there are other people who don’t make as much as him,” said Burrow. “This doesn’t happen anywhere else in our country. It is one of the only price caps in our economy.”

According figures provided by Ohio State Athletics, OSU athletics in 2015 brought in $108 million in total revenue.

The OSU football program of course led the way bringing $79,939,136 while in comparison, the basketball program came in a distant second bringing in $25 Million (Men’s $24,059,213 Women’s $1,002,566).

For contextual purposes, by bringing in almost $80 million in total revenue alone, the OSU football program accounted for 75% of the total revenue the athletic department brought in.

Essentially, the OSU football program is a professional sports franchise in terms of how much money they bring in.

So, what would it look like if they paid their players like professional franchises?

In professional sports leagues like the NFL, NBA and so forth there are agreed upon revenue splits between the owners and the players. These revenue splits, dictate just how much money is denigrated to be split amongst the owners and the players on a yearly basis.

In the NBA, there is a 50/50 revenue split between the owners and the players which makes things easy.

But in the NFL, the owners get 50 percent of the revenue and the players get less than half which makes things a little trickier.

Regardless of that, by taking the revenue figures provided by Ohio State athletics, and applying the revenue splits of professional leagues such as the NBA and NFL, there is then a point of reference that is created to respond to the question of just how much each player could make if they were compensated using the same pay structure.

For instance, by applying the NBA model to the revenue figures at OSU, the average payout is $487,433.75 to each OSU football player. ($39,969,568/82 scholarship players)

For OSU basketball players, the amount would be $925,354 per player for men ($12,029,606/13)

On the flip side, if the NFL model were applied, where owners get 50 percent of the revenue split and the players just get under 50 percent the number per player for the OSU football team would amount to $482,559.415.

OSU Men’s basketball using that same model per player, would be looking at $916,100. per player.

The reality of the fact though is that if you look at the total dollar amount value of the scholarships for football players in 2015 amounted to $4,061,067.

With each scholarship is being valued at $47,227 per football player. ($4,061,067/86 scholarship athletes).

There is a drastic disparity between the value of players in contrast to that of the proposed compensation method, but the idea in theory remains.

Burrow was poking fun at the situation with his tweet he sent out as previously highlighted above, but the larger topic at hand is one that is placed squarely on the idea of the value of student athletes.

“The thing that bothers me is the term student athlete. If we were truly students first then we would be treated as regular students,” said Burrow. “A regular student can go and profit off of their name and likeness but we cannot because we play football. I do not think that is fair.”

With these figures in mind about the notion of looking at collegiate programs as professional teams, the topic of paying collegiate athletes will not be going away any time soon.

In recent years, we have seen the conversation really heat back up. Some of that is attributed to the landmark ruling in the 2014 O’Bannon lawsuit ruling (a former UCLA player who sued the NCAA and EA sports for using his likeness without any compensation) but it’s also attributed to the fact that we live in an era where athletes are more vocal and forthcoming than ever before with the advent of social media.

“It does kind off bother me when people say, “stick to football,” said Burrow. Because nobody tells them “stick to working at the factory” or whatever they do for a living.”

Former Wisconsin basketball player Nigel Hayes was also among the most vocal players supporting the stance of paying collegiate athletes. Hayes publicly repeatedly called out the NCAA numerous times for the lack thereof regarding compensation for student athletes when they in fact helped bring in so much money to their respected universities.

“Yes, I am aware of the of top revenue sports at Ohio State and at most schools across the country are Basketball and Football. I think there are two ways that you can go about compensating the athletes,” said Burrow. “If you choose to flat out pay the athletes then you have to determine the athletes monetary value to the university and go off of that.”

Burrow is vehemently against the salary method of payment as previously highlighted above.

“I am against the salary method. What I think is best is for the athletes to own their own likeness,” said Burrow. “Right now, the NCAA makes us sign our likeness and names away saying that we cannot profit off of it. I think this lets the market determine our value through endorsements and commercials and things of that nature.”

It is to be said, that in the proposed salary method the issues of equality in terms of compensation become apparent when looking at other sports at OSU.

There are only three sports at Ohio State that make more money than they expense. Outside of football, Men’s and Women’s basketball every sport at OSU loses money.

The idea that athletes should be paid based on a revenue split model would not work in all situations because the money simply isn’t there for most other sports.

And even in the cases where you can apply revenue split model in per say Women’s basketball the amount is discernably lower than their male counterparts.

Women’s basketball, using the NBA model of revenue splitting would amount to $38,560 per player and that figure would slightly decrease to $37,789 when using the NFL model.

If that were the case, that would mean the Men’s basketball players would be paid almost $887,000 more than their female counterparts.

“I feel like that is way too much money for 18-21 year olds to have but it somewhat makes sense to me,” said Hunter Robertson, a former OSU Men’s soccer player.

Although Robertson, a four-year player/starter for the Ohio State Men’s soccer team and graduating senior understands the need for further compensation, he see’s things a little differently when asked about the issue of collegiate athletes being paid.

“These players are getting the TV deals for Ohio State and they are making all that money. and kids are getting hurt all the time,” said Robertson. “The only reason they are here is because it’s a gateway to the NBA or NFL so it somewhat makes sense but also it wouldn’t be fair to other sports like us to get that much money.”

Robertson, much like some athletes at OSU, isn’t really on a full scholarship like football players and basketball players are afforded.

According to Robertson, the coaches are in charge of divvying out how much scholarship money a player can get.

“The coaches decide on what they can divvy out but like if I wanted to go in there and talk to them like after last semester like hey I have been playing and starting every game since my freshman year, I want more scholarship money or I’m going to leave or something like that,” said Robertson. “I never thought like that because I enjoy being here but I could have bargained for more but that’s not something I wanted to do.”

Sometimes even the best players according to Robertson aren’t really on the scholarship that many would presume.

“My sophomore year, three or four kids and the captain of our team that year had book scholarships only,” said Robertson. “Zach Mason, Kyle Culbertson he was books and 10%. I think Zach was on 15. Culbertson was maybe our best player so it’s just weird how that kind of works.”

Even though coaches are in charge of divvying up scholarships, it does then leave out individuals who are also a part of the team to take out loans to cover cost of attendance.

“They just have to take student loans and stuff,” said Robertson. “Like there’s one kid on our team who is from Texas and not on anything so to avoid paying out of state tuition, his parents moved here. Dropped everything and moved their family so he could pay less in tuition.”

When asked about the practice of amateurism in the NCAA, Robertson has a simple answer.

“The way that I rationalize it as amateurism is that for me, we are here to go to school. If it weren’t for soccer that first year, I wouldn’t have gotten into OSU,” said Robertson. “We get free tutoring. I’m on book scholarships so I get free books and I can talk to my sport advisor anytime I want and they can help me talk to my professors so I can get some due dates changed based on travel and stuff like that.”

Robertson, who himself said if it weren’t for soccer he wouldn’t be at the university, is cognizant the opportunity he was afforded.

“When it comes to football, I definitely say basketball and football are no long amateur sports. But for me soccer is something fun that I am doing because I have practice and class and it takes away time to get a job,” said Robertson.  “If I’m not doing my homework at night, I’m so tired from practice in the morning, I’m so tired there’s no chance of doing anything else. So, it’s definitely a full-time job especially football and basketball making money for the school not getting reimbursed for it so even then they are going to school for free which not a lot of people can say”

Robertson when it’s all said and done, doesn’t think collegiate athletes being paid will happen anytime soon.

“I don’t think it’s something that’s going to happen in the near future,” said Robertson. “But maybe down the road there will be some changes that players could market themselves or the university will pay them based on their practices and maybe like a monthly or yearly salary type of thing.”

But he is optimistic about the prospect of the NCAA possibly making policy changes.

“I would like to see just maybe some policy changes so that players aren’t going to get suspended for an entire year because they sold an autograph yourself,” said Robertson.  “Maybe it’s that you can market yourself and the better athlete you are, you can make more money off yourself instead of the university paying the $900,000 a year just like the basketball situation.”

The idea of athletes being able to freely market themselves is one that isn’t allowed by the NCAA in any facet or form.

But it doesn’t stop the NCAA from freely commercializing and marketing athletes to media companies and advertisers who throw billions and millions of dollars their way to have access to their product.

So, how can the NCAA still promote the label of amateurism when they are freely marketing and commercializing off of collegiate athletes who frankly don’t have a choice but to sit back and watch?

“The NCAA likes to support the stance of amateurism and amateur sports and we aren’t employees we are student athletes and all this different nomenclature,” said Kain Colter, former Northwestern QB. “In our eyes and in the eyes of other people we are employees.”

Colter, in 2014, with the help of the College Players Association, an organization started by former UCLA football player Ramogi Huma, led a historic effort in 2014 to attempt to form the first ever collegiate union of players at Northwestern University.

For Colter, the unionization wasn’t just something that he randomly decided to support, it was something that he felt was necessary.

“That’s one of the huge reasons I started the Union,” said Colter in reference to players medical costs/injuries. “The NCAA doesn’t require schools to pay for not one penny of a player’s medical costs. And so, it’s really up to the school where players are stuck with medical bills during their playing time and the big problem is there is no medical coverage after your eligibility is expired.”

Colter’s first step? Prove that Northwestern players were employees. In his case, he successfully presented that the Northwestern players indeed were statutory employees and entitled under labor laws to have a right to collectively bargain and unionize. By doing so, he presented a case in which he proclaimed Northwestern players put in over 40 hours a week into the life of being a collegiate athlete.

The result of his stance led to director of the National Relations Board to actually agree with his stance carefully laid out with the help of CPA, that indeed collegiate athletes were employees of Northwestern permitting them to have the right to unionize.

Ultimately, the University petitioned the full board in Washington D.C. and the decision was appealed and the board, in Colter’s words “didn’t really want to touch it” and so that marked the end of the case.

“They didn’t want their jurisdiction so the consequence of that is that they didn’t say no,” said Colter. “They didn’t say it wasn’t possible for college athletes to start a union. That leaves the door open for schools down the line to go the same route that we did at northwestern.”

The ruling, although not entirely the outcome Colter wanted and fought for with the CPA, did give him some hope.

“It’s promising that the regional director gave the ruling that we had a strong case and that college athletes are employees and they should have these rights,” said Colter. And so, looking at it from that perspective, I think there is a great possibility that another school could follow in our footsteps and try to unionize.”

Colter did disclose that he had brief interactions/conversations with some schools and individuals in the past about unionization efforts after the case, but nothing in the end came of them.

In the end, although the Union efforts failed, Colter remains a clear advocate for a free market for collegiate athletes.

“I 100% agree with that payers should be allowed to have access to their value and what the street market operates and I think in a way a lot of these issues we are seeing in recruiting you see where they are hiring prostitutes try and entice player to come to the school,” said Colter.

Colter says by schools being enabled by apparel companies to do these types of things, there’s a clear complaint that apparel companies and schools are committing wire fraud.

“There are schemes to commit fraud and all these schemes are based off the economic harm the NCAA has due to the NCAA rules and to me rules of sales are illegal because you are restricting trade,” said Colter. “You are in a violation of anti-trust laws and you aren’t allowing a free market to operate.”

As Colter put it, what the NCAA is running is a Monopoly.

“They are working hard to make people think that this is amateur sports even at a time where the NCAA generates close to $12 Billion a year and players are essentially the players are walking advertisements for all these different commercial entities,” said Colter. “Whether it be apparel companies or Pontiac or Pontiac player of the game trying to award players performance on the field. Everything is being commercialized.”

“What the NCAA is doing is running a monopoly so they can reap all the benefits of all the commercialization’s of players in college sports.”

 

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ESPN Story Detailing Safety of OSU Football Players sparks outrage

I’ll be honest, when I first came across the ESPN piece, I had to double check to make sure it wasn’t a troll account.

When I came to the realization that it wasn’t, I was stunned. How the hell could an editor at the Mothership (ESPN) green light a story and headline like this?

Underneath the original tweet of the story (which has now been deleted), someone underneath commented “Oh God, I sure hope the Volleyball team is okay.”

Simple yet so effective.

What happened Monday was something I never ever could have imagined would happen here at Ohio State. In fact although I was on south campus in Hale hall, the whole experience of being in a room with my peers with the door barricaded was terrifying.

To think that the first reaction is to write a story not even a day after the event had transipired and to title it “Ohio State Football players safe, accounted for after on-campus attack” was so incredibly tone deaf.

I get it. Austin Ward is a Big Ten writer for ESPN. He was attempting just to do his job. But to come out and release a story like this was so distasteful and insensitive beyond comprehension.

The most baffling thing beyond the existence and title of the story,  was how disorganized it was.

It leads with violent details about the attack, then bizarrely segues into how all Ohio State football players are safe before giving details about the the “second-ranked Buckeyes” and their practice ordeals.

As if it couldn’t get worse, the story closes out with a description of the attacker as well as newsworthy details about the attack which you would have presumed to be apart of the lede.

An absolute disaster.

I fully expect ESPN take the necessary action to either edit the story and headline, or just archive the story in it’s entirety. Although any efforts from now on maybe too little too late.

The damage is already done.

As cynical and blunt as it may sound, this story truly serves as a great example of how not to write a story.

Something I will never forget.

 

Is fandom in Sports Media wrong?

Last season when Leicester City ran their way to an English Premiere league title, NBC lead commentator Arlo White was jubilant as can be. The foxes came into the season with 5000-1 odds and through it all they won the title and by five points nonetheless.

White was born and raised in the city of Leicester but the thing I admired the most when he called the final game in which the Foxes were officially crowned champions, is that he didn’t take away from the moment. He simply watched and guided the viewers through one of the biggest stories in sports history.

Arlo White could have easily hijacked the moment by telling a somber tale of how he grew up in the city of Leicester and what this title means to him but he didn’t. He simply like the rest of us, just soaked it in.

One of the hardest things about the sports media world is walking that line of being a spectator vs. being a fan. We all know that media members aren’t supposed to actively root for their teams and there’s good reason for that, but would it have been so wrong in this instance per-say for White to intervene and express his joy he had for his boyhood club winning the EPL title?

It’s something I have thought about a lot recently. One of the main reasons is the career of Bill Simmons. Simmons was born and raised in Boston and he will never ever let you forget it. Breaking into the sports scene as a terrific NBA writer, Simmons established himself as one of the best and eventually became a member of the ESPN family.

Although he is now an HBO employee and a prominent member of the sports media world, he has no problem showing his allegiances to Boston and I found that to be extremely fascinating. Aren’t sports media members supposed to hide their fandom? After all it is the professional thing to do.

But why though? After all being a lover of sports is what got him into the business so why is it so wrong for him to express his passion as a love of all things Boston?

Sure it may rub some people the wrong way, but is it really so bad to be an outspoken fan of teams you clearly associate with?

Of course the case of Simmons is an anomaly because he has established himself as a very successful and prominent member of the sports media world, but the point remains the same.

Fandom is what gets most people in the business because after all, at the end of the day we are all sports fans. So why not act like it?

 

 

Please don’t stick to Sports

Locker-room talk. Two words that sent the world into a frenzy. When the Access Hollywood video surfaced I’ll be honest I was stunned to see such a wide spectrum of reactions to what Donald Trump said.

From people rushing to defend what he said (mostly twitter trolls) to people condemning and denouncing what Trump referred to as locker-room talk.

But more importantly like most of the things that come out of Trumps mouth, it sparked a conversation. This time one among athletes.

First up; Lebron James. Coming off an improbable NBA Finals victory over the Golden State Warriors, James took time out of preparing for the upcoming season to address these comments.

Why? Because the denigration of this talk as just “boys being boys” and locker room talk is one that inherently begins to generalize athletes regardless of the sport. A notion James wanted to quickly dispel.

James condemned what Trump said citing that there is no way what what he said was acceptable and appropriate behavior in a locker room.

“That’s not locker room talk.” said James. “That’s trash talk.”

James then went onto to delve into what he thought characterized the term which included family life, strategies and etc. but the point remained the same.

What Trump said in no way should be deemed as locker room talk.

Tom Brady the Quarterback of the New England Patriots took a more familiar approach when asked about what Trump said.

I will add, Brady is a self-proclaimed Trump supporter but when asked the question at a press conference Brady simply walked way.

So why does all the matter? With the election climate as volatile as ever, we have seen athletes come out of their shell and voice their own opinions.

Breaking the mold if you will on what they should and should not comment on and I think that’s an encouraging sign.

The NFL of all places where players anonymously and publicly condemn commissioner Roger Goodell as a dictator, had a player in Colin Kaepernick, make a national anthem protest that took that not only took the nation by storm but it sparked a conversation on the racial tension and divide in this country.

As a sports fan the worst thing I see is when people tell athletes to “Stick to sports.”

At the end of the day, these athletes go home to read and watch the news like everybody else. So why can’t they voice their opinions on political issues or social unrest in the country just like everybody else?

Or are they not supposed to?

This election cycle has been turbulent and at time loathsome but I will say the one of the positives has been athletes becoming more and more comfortable using their platforms to voice their own opinions.

Here’s to hoping that this trend we have seen continues to prosper.

After all, the worst thing you can do is to remain silent.

So please, athletes; don’t stick to sports.

Broadcast Project idea

For the project idea, James and I were thinking of doing a podcast with Beanie Wells about a myriad of topics.

The main thing we want to focus on is his expertise as an analyst and radio personalty, but also his NFL career.

His NFL career ended quite abruptly and there is little really know about what happened.

So we figured it would be a good idea to ask him about it if he could explain to us thoroughly about what actually happened.

Wikipedia isn’t always the best forum for finding out information about people for many reasons, so what better way to find out what truly happened than a first person recount from the man himself.

 

Why the Cubs winning the World Series would mean so much to the City and the fans

Steve Bartman. Ever heard of him? Well if you are a Cubs fan that name is all too familiar.

The last time the Cubs had a 3-2 series lead was of course during a series with the Florida Marlins back in 2003.

The Cubs were five outs away from clinching a birth to the World Series and their first NL Pennant since 1945 and then it happened.

Steve Bartman, a fan watching the game along with several fans attempted to catch a ball that was deemed foul. The problem with this though was that Cubs outfielder Moises Alou was also trying to catch the ball.

Bartman reached out for the ball, it deflected it’s course and Alou failed to make the catch. Of course after that happened, the Marlins rallied to score a whopping eight runs in the inning and the Cubs lost the game 8-3. They would eventually lose the series the very next day.

The incident is one that lives with many Cubs fans. Some say they are over it. Some say they will never be over it. But at this moment in time, the Cubs are on the cusp of fulfilling the dream of playing in the World Series.

The Chicago Cubs defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-4 last night, in a pivotal game 5 to take an all too familiar 3-2 lead in the series as they head back to Chicago to try and clinch a berth to the World Series.

A team that many believe to be the best team in baseball improving on 97 wins and a wild card birth the previous year, to leading the league with 103 wins and an NL Central crown.

As someone who remembers the losing seasons the Cubs endured following their 2008 winning season that ultimately ended in defeat, it’s almost surreal to think about what winning the World Series would do for the city and the organization.

From the Derek Lee, Alfonso Soriano, Aramis Ramirez, Ryan Dempster, Kosuke Fukodome and etc. years to the team that won 61 games in 2012, the Cubs fans have seen it all.

It’s been 108 years since the Cubs last won the World series. 108 years.

Just think about it for a second. It’s been 108 years since the city of Chicago has seen their team win a major league championship in baseball. A mark that is truly unprecedented in almost all of sports.

The team has been a literal and metaphoric scapegoat to sports fans. But something about this team, says these aren’t the same old Cubs.

We can talk about curses and how the Cubs once blew a 3-2 lead before but those are things of the past.

In the present times, this team looks poised to ignore all the naysayers and doubters to  bring something to the City that would mean so much to the fans and the organization.

A World Series Title.

Student Press Freedom

When topic of conversation came up regarding the unfortunate events of Jillian McVicker, I was blown away with what had transpired.

It’s tough being a young journalist. Already having to walk that fine line of reporting to the best of your ability while also avoiding stepping on the toes of the Institution you attend.

But at what point do we let that get in the way of fulfilling our duty to report? I will admit  was not aware of what happened to McVicker and when I found out it hit me.

If we wouldn’t have talked about it in class I probably wouldn’t have known about it until someone (11 Warriors) tweeted about it or mentioned it at a later date.

I then thought to myself, had I been aware of the situation at hand, what would I have done? Would I have written this story? Or would I have just waited until the University gave me permission to go ahead and right this story?

I firmly hope so that if I had the opportunity to write a story about what happened to McVicker that I would have taken the time of day to write a story about it. After all it is our jobs to inform others about what took place.

Not nine days later. But when it happened.

At the end of the day, I am an aspiring journalist. And if I want to keep it that way, then I heed the responsibility I have to report a story.

Introduction to Lacrosse.

When I chose to cover the lacrosse beat, it was something that I thought would challenge me just the right amount. As someone who is a very casual lacrosse fan per say, I’m looking forward to getting up close and personal with the Mens lacrosse team here at Ohio State.

The OSU Mens lacrosse team is coming off a very up and down season. They finished with a record 7-8 (2-3) in conference as they missed out on a birth to the NCAA Tournament in 2016.

Although not exactly the season they were hoping for going 1-5 away from home, the Buckeyes were an impressive 6-3 at home. A positive takeaway from the 2016 season.

The Buckeyes do however bring back four of their five top scorers from a year ago led by Austin Shanks who finished with 31 points was the leading point tallier. Adding a team high 16 assists, Shanks looks to lead the Buckeyes in his final season as a Buckeye.

Senior attack Eric Fannell who tied for the team lead with 20 goals last season, returns as well and along with Shanks and co. looks to lead the Buckeyes offense.

Other key returnees include Senior midfielder Johnny Pearson who finished second in points behind Shanks, Senior Attack J.T. Blubaugh, Junior Attack Collin Chell, and Sophomore Attack Jack Jasinski.

Head Coach Nick Myers announced on Wednesday that Pfister and Withers had been elected captains by the team. Citing: “Both Tyler and Jake are well respected by their teammates and we expect them to be outstanding captains.”

The Buckeyes, very much a senior lead team look to leave their mark this season.

Why I am interested in a Sports Media Career

Sports. I couldn’t imagine a world without it. Really I couldn’t. When propped the question of why I want to have a career in sports media the answer shouldn’t surprise you. The answer of course is simply; I love sports. When growing up we all played sports or had some connection with it.

The particular sport I fell in love with first was the sport many Americans call Soccer but almost everyone else in the world simply calls Football. At a young age being surrounded by my Dad who was a soccer coach, I dreamed of playing soccer for a team in one capacity or another and maybe representing my country. Those dreams quickly faded when I realized not only how bad of an Athlete I was but also the move to a different country. I came to the United States at the age of about 5 years old and as I grew up here my priorities shifted. Soon realizing that I probably wasn’t going to be a star athlete I turned my attention to observing and commentating on sports rather than actually trying to successfully play them.

From the age of about 1o years on, I became obsessed with College Football. Vividly remembering every detail of the USC loss in 2006 to Texas on that last second touchdown by Vince Young. To this day that play makes me cringe. But the desire to cheer on a team I loved so much and analyzing why I did had been rooted. With that then came the subsequent migration to the NFL where I decided to cheer on the New York Giants for some reason.

Same trend followed as I began to also watch sports like NBA, MLB, NCAAB,NHL, Tennis, Golf and etc. Point being my life was never the same when I realized how many different sports there were and how readily the access I had to each sport was. I soon began to spend the majority of my days remembering stats, trying to fake play by play games, analyzing games and so forth. Getting to the point where I would literally not leave my house.

Instead I would just sit at home, in my room by myself watching/listening to a game or broadcast. It simply became one of those things where I couldn’t imagine my life with out it. So when asked the question of why I am interested in a job in Sports media, the answer is I simply love Sports. Which may or may not sound cliche but it really is the truth. I simply could not imagine my life without it.