Welcome to Rye Country Day's Economic Blog. Here you will find perspectives by students taking Economics at Rye Country Day School. It is meant to be a forum where students can openly express their ideas and take positions on relevant economic issues. I urge everyone to participate in presenting their own ideas in an open manner so that we can all learn from each other. Regardless of whether you are currently taking Economics, everyone is invited and encouraged to comment on articles and get involved. Feel free to e-mail me, Alex Osborne at firstname.lastname@example.org , with comments or suggestions.
Friday, January 19, 2007
Featured Entry - Melé in Miami
I can agree with the belief that emotions and ethics should not get in the way of economic thinking. What I cannot agree with is that the lure of financial gain should not get in the way of moral judgment. After the brawl that took place between Florida International University and Miami University's football teams just over three weeks ago, punishments were not appropriately handed-down. The images of brutality and thug-like behavior on the field should have been enough for Miami's President to harshly punish the team for such conduct. The President should have made a statement and layed down harsh punishments to set a precedent and discourage similar behavior in the future. So why didn't she? Miami has not missed a bowl game in over twenty years. Her thinking was that she was not about to let that streak end now. The lure of that paycheck from sponsers of the bowl game was too much too tempting. Miami depends on that income from bowl games to help its program. Now suspending key players for more than a game would jeopradize their overall record and likely keep them from a good final record and therein bowl eligibility. She missed out on a big opportunity. Those players have not learned a thing from this incident, excuse me, one thing: athletes can get away with anything. Behavior like that can be expected now in future years because no example was set. One losing season back in 2006 then will not seem as bad alternative as what the future holds for Miami's football program.
- T. A. Canning