I actually like football a great deal. I am not some anti-sports prude. It has a place in our society, but not on college campuses. If you want to establish a minor league system that the National Football League pays for—which they should, given that they are the greatest beneficiaries of college football—that is fine.
Call me the Grinch. But I would much prefer students going to college to learn and be prepared for the rigors of the new economic order, rather than dumping fees on them to subsidize football programs that, far from enhancing the academic mission instead make a mockery of it.
The money argument in favor of football also falls flat: according to the NCAA, a whopping 43% of schools in the Football Bowl Subdivision actually lost money on their programs.
Still, perhaps banning is too strong an approach. It’s not that sports and academics can’t mix – it’s that too much emphasis is placed on the former in an environment supposedly designed to promote the latter. Keep the sports teams, but move them to a more appropriate location on the list of priorities.