Americans love sports and colleges are a major training ground for future professional athletes. March Madness puts the spotlight on college basketball. College football is the supply chain for the NFL. Colleges profit from sports. I believe that these institutions of higher learning should offer majors in sports (baseball, hockey, football, basketball, soccer, etc.) to give athletes a solid foundation to help them succeed in their future careers.
Some may scoff at this idea. “College is a place to learn, to prepare for a career; sports is entertainment.” many may say. However, sports is big business and being an athlete is a career. I believe that colleges should teach athletes how to manage their careers: how to speak with the press in an intelligent manner, money management, business management and negotiation skills, and publicity management in addition to managing their health.
I’m not advocating that athletes receive preferential treatment; I’m advocating that athletes graduate college with an education that can help them maximize their career.