Back in the 80s, when I truly loved and supported Major League Baseball, I used to read Sports Illustrated. I also read Baseball Digestand The Sporting News. Now, I read and keep up with most sports via The Dallas Morning News, except for tennis. Tennis is my number sport to follow now.
–the debonair Mr. Deford
Back in the day, Frank Deford was my favorite sports writer at Sports Illustrated. I always enjoyed his columns, especially the baseball-related ones. I also thought he looked like a suave, old-style movie star. Thirty plus years later, Mr. Deford is still around, writing and commenting on the sports world. He is now also a commentator for NPR Radio. He is much older, of course, but he still knows his game. I thoroughly enjoy his pieces on NPR, even if I don’t agree with him on everything.
One of the last commentaries I heard was about paying college athletes. Deford is for paying college athletes on some level. They bring in a ton of money for their universities. I completely disagree. I even wish universities would do away with sports, except for intramurals. But that is just my opinion and will never happen. There are “select” leagues for kids’ sports so why not for the college-age young men and women? They could get paid by their own select, non-college-based leagues. I don’t think college sports are about education now, so why not just let players play in non-professional leagues that are not affiliated with education? Let the universities be all about education. Maybe athletes and students would all be happier. I know there are exceptions and many of the athletes today make excellent grades and get a good education, but I doubt this is true for most college athletes. No, I have not done vast research into this; I am just sharing my opinion. The comments for this particular broadcast are interesting reads. I love how some of the commenters bring up the subject of how aspiring musicians and actors and athletes in other sports besides football and basketball, etc. would have to be paid as well to keep things fair.
Mr. Deford does not shy away from controversy and that is one of the reasons I have always enjoyed his work. Did you know that Mr. Deford has written 18 books, 9 of which are novels? Did you know that Mr. Deford also is featured on Bryant Gumbel’s HBO show? Just to let you know, Mr. Deford’s NPR commentaries are featured on Wednesdays.