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Sunday, November 02, 2003
Some may ask why I'm bitching about a class called sports law.
First, it promises to be a great class and fails to deliver. However, the cases and subjects are no more interesting than most law school classes. The only difference is that the participants are familiar.
Second, it unnecessarily includes non-sports politics. A discussion about franchise free agency can take place without a discussion of how that money could be spent on schools, regardless of what professors Powe or Weiler think. Quickly, this argument has two flaws. Initially, stadium tax measures are invariably voted on by special referendum to raise sales/hotel/sin taxes, while school spending comes from the general property tax. Next, and more importantly, more money doesn't mean better schools. Having seen the orders to spend money on busing, closing ("pairing") schools, and women's sports, it is no wonder that schools suck. The US already spends more money on education than any other country with poor education to show for it. More money is the solution?
Third, the book sucks. While it gives a pretty good background on some issues, it is full of too many stupid ideas. For example, on the issue of gambling, it looks at the amount of illegal sports betting and advocates a national gambling ID card with a predetermined limit based on salary. Not only does this create a cumbersome and unneeded federal program, but it avoids solving the problem at all: When the card runs out of money, the gambling will move to an illegal realm. Thus, there will be just as much gambling (just changing the proportion of legal to illegal), and it may induce people to gamble more ("I've still got money burning a hole in my card.").
I guess this is really a microcosm of almost all law school classes. This is why I want to take all classes offered by Grags.
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