The NY Times recently interviewed legendary college football coach and ESPN analyst Lou Holtz on a wide range of topics relating to college football. Check out this particular exchange from the interview:
NY Times Question: Are there too many [college football] games on television?
Holtz’s Answer: No. If people didn’t watch, they wouldn’t be on TV. Let the market decide.
Follow-up Question: Should ESPN, and not the colleges, be paying football players with the enormous profit from televising their games?
Holtz’s Answer: Absolutely not. Our contracts are with the conferences or schools, not the athletes. One percent go on to play in the N.F.L. They are students who play athletics. They want to be paid, go work for Walmart. I don’t have time to tell you how strongly I feel about this.
There is something horribly hypocritical and logically contradictory in Lou Holtz’s answers to both questions. After all, if “the market” should determine the optimal number of football games on television, then why shouldn’t player salaries at the college level also be set by market forces and not by arbitrary and self-serving NCAA rules?
Check out the full interview here.