Print Column: Wouldn’t It Be Nice if Collegiate Sports Didn’t Increase the Cost of Higher Education?


MINOT, N.D. — One time, years ago, fans at North Dakota State University football games took to taping pictures of me in the portable toilets outside the Fargodome.

They were “Port”-a-potties.

Get it? I laughed.

The sometimes juvenile opprobrium of sports fans is what my criticism of collegiate athletics has earned me over the years. They think critics like me are out to wreck their fun.

The truth is we aren’t.

It’s just that the cost of higher education in the United States has gone through the roof, and collegiate sports drives those costs higher.

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