September 7, 2012

KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR: Young athletes, a degree matters

The amateur status that was so important for young athletes to uphold when I was in college is not very important in this day and age.

Professional athletes are now allowed to participate in the Olympics. In basketball, the large salaries that are commonplace for NBA stars have had a dramatic effect on the way young hoopsters move from high school to the professional ranks. With so much interest in signing the next great player, the pro teams have made it possible for talented athletes to leave high school and go directly to the pros, although most opt to enroll for the minimum number of semesters needed to make them eligible for the draft, and in all of this, the value of a college degree has lost a lot of its luster.