"Daily Show" Addresses NCAA Debate About Whether Players Should Be Compensated
The NCAA was a target on last night's "The Daily Show," with host Jon Stewart noting the organization on Monday settled its lawsuit "with former college basketball and football players who were seeking compensation for the millions of dollars in profit the NCAA had made off their likeness and video games." Stewart said, "So now the NCAA advances in the bracket to their next lawsuit. But where will it end? With fairly compensating athletes for the ungodly amounts of money they bring into the NCAA? I hope not. This is America. How far can it go?" In a taped report, Comedy Central's Jordan Klepper said, "College football is the last bastion of sports amateurism ... but now this sport is being ruined by players like (former Northwestern QB) Kain Colter, seen here selfishly writhing on the ground, who insist they deserve more." Colter told Klepper, "Not one penny is guaranteed to pay for our medical expenses. You hear all these horror stories about players losing their scholarships after they're injured. What are these kids going do?" Klepper replied, "They should get a second job." Kolter: "We already have a full-time job. We don't have time get a second job." Klepper: "Why don't you just sell Kain Colter jerseys, make some extra crash?" Kolter: "You're not allowed to profit off your likeness." Klepper: "Why don’t you just join another league?" Kolter: "There is no other league." Klepper: "You've got a lot of complaints." Klepper noted Colter led the movement for Northwestern to be represented by a labor union, noting "we are employees" of Northwestern, "just like the NFL players." Klepper said, "Employees have to work like 40 hours a week." Kolter: "We spend 50 to 60 hours a week practicing in the off-season." Klepper: "Well, employees get compensation." Kolter: "We're compensated in the form of a scholarship, room, tuition and board." Then Klepper noted, "Employees don't live in dorms. Oh boom! Oh, gotcha!" He later added, "Take a lesson from the NCAA and their sponsors who put on their annual bowl games series for the love of the … wait. Who the (expletive) is Beef 'O'Brady's? Okay, maybe the NCAA does make $11 billion a year, but unions are not the answer, says the NCAA" ("The Daily Show," Comedy Central, 6/10).