Americans love all kinds sports. Whether it's watching a Little League Baseball game or shelling out some cash for tickets during sports travel and tours, there is nothing like watching athletes at any level compete.
Unfortunately, when a lot of money is involved, it's often the controversies surrounding the sports that get more attention than the competition itself.
College sports are incredibly popular across the country. In fact, according to a Statista survey, almost 31 million people attended a college sporting event in 2017. For the 2017 financial year, the National Collegiate Athletic Association generated $820 million in revenue from television and marketing rights fees alone. Because so much money flows through the NCAA, there are always controversies surrounding universities, athletic programs, and athletes.
The most recent scandal, however, has much more to do with wealthy parents, fake profiles, and bribery schemes than the athletes themselves. According to ESPN, the FBA has indicted nine college coaches this week and dozens of other university administrators and officials for participating in an alleged bribery scandal that assisted wealth parents secure their kids admission into some of the country's most prestigious schools.
Beginning in 2011, William Singer and his purported college counseling business known as The Key, allegedly helped wealthy clients bribe top universities to get their kids into the school. The indictments showed that Singer and his accomplices utilized two main strategies: Manufacturing standardized test scores and creating fake athletic profiles.
Coaches were bribed with large sums of money to inform their school's admissions department that the students in question were prospective athletes, even though in most cases the students weren't athletes at all.
Phony athletic profiles included made-up achievements, photographs, and other pieces of fraudulent information.
What will happen to the students that are involved in this scam?
"As to charges against them, we're still considering that," said Andrew E. Lelling, U.S. Attorney. "It's not an accident that there are no students charged in these charging documents. The parents, the other defendants, are clearly the prime movers of this fraud. It remains to be seen whether we charge any of the students."
Hopefully this complicated and controversial situation will be fixed in a timely manner and will not hider any collegiate performance or ruin any sports travel and tour plans that have been already made.
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