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August 19, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Lakeside basketball: Part of a trend of forgoing students’ futures

Steve Ballmer, center, and Lakeside coach Tavio Hobson, left, play basketball with youths at Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club as part of the A PLUS Youth Program. Hobson had met Ballmer in the mid-2000s and had led workouts with Ballmer’s oldest son. (DEAN RUTZ / The Seattle Times, 2011)

The Steve Ballmer crusade at Lakeside School to buy athletics success at the high school level leaves me feeling incredibly sad ["With Ballmer’s aid, elite school pushed limits of prep-sports rules," Local News, Aug. 17]. As a society, we have corrupted so many of the ideals and institutions that create opportunities for individuals to better themselves.

As an academic surgeon at the UW, I have witnessed continued erosion of academic standards in

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Comments | More in Sports | Topics: athletics, Lakeside School, Marc Coltrera

April 30, 2014 at 6:04 AM

NCAA athletes’ union: No debate on how to classify Division I athletes

No good deed goes unpunished. Not all NCAA athletes should be treated equally ["Mark Emmert on NCAA athletes unionizing,” Opinion, April 24]. Big money and big media have ensured that the student athletes of Division I football and basketball should be treated as separate and distinct from all other NCAA sports. The NCAA is fundamentally…

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Comments | More in Sports | Topics: Division I, Eric Sirkin, NCAA

January 6, 2014 at 6:23 PM

Paying college athletes: NCAA’s a cartel, college not a minor league and the role of scholarships

Auburn's Tre Mason runs during the first half of the NCAA BCS National Championship college football game against Florida State Monday in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Auburn’s Tre Mason runs during the first half of the NCAA BCS National Championship college football game against Florida State Monday in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

On Monday, guest columnist Richard O. Zerbe wrote, “Colleges should be allowed to pay athletes. The players risk injury, devote considerable time, may forego earnings while playing and will not, in most cases, be able to play professional ball.” This prompted quite a few readers to write in with their perspectives:

NCAA is a cartel

Editor, The Times:

Richard O. Zerbe was persuasive about the economic case for paying college athletes [“It’s time to pay NCAA athletes,” Opinion, Jan. 6]. And beyond economics, there is justice.

Consider this hypothetical: suppose manufacturers who use skilled engineers and machinists to build airplanes agreed among themselves to systematically underpay those employees — in effect diverting more profits to the company. Notice that if all manufacturers joined in such a cartel, highly specialized engineers and machinists would have limited employment options elsewhere.

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Comments | More in Sports | Topics: college football, NCAA