We can’t hold fucking classes but somehow we’re going to have FOOTBALL next month?! Really?! Sports are that important to your budget? Your “culture”? Who is organizing protests & strikes for these college students who aren’t even paid for this?! WTF?
Also, can we talk about how the NFL, NBA, NCAA (& related universities) make mass profit off the athletic performances of predominantly people of color for the entertainment of predominantly white people now?
Here’s the thing. I don’t care how safe they make it. This is about what our culture values & how we use resources. In order to bring back college football DURING A GLOBAL PANDEMIC they are going to use thousands of daily rapid tests for every single person on the field.
That means players, coaches, refs, medics, camera crews, etc. For every team in the Big Ten. Think of all the other ways we could use those tests. We could test school children to allow them more safely into shared spaces again.
We could test grocery store employees & service workers who are being regularly put at risk by anti-maskers & paid below a living wage. We could test houseless folks to lower risk of spread at shelters. But no, football. We have to have our fucking football.
They will spend so much money on testing and monitoring and isolation in order to make a slice of the money football typically brings in (since ticket sales will be down & if they don’t do broadcast no concession sales either). That tells you how key football is the budgets.
I figured this would happen eventually but I thought perhaps the season would shift to spring. But we couldn’t overlap w/ basketball now could we? Might reduce profits. This is so upsetting & sickening to me. This country’s fucked up racist capitalist culture is a death sentence.

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Oh did you want a long early morning rant #thread? Yes? No? Too late, here it is. Let’s talk about how the insistence on returning to college football not only a reflection of racism & capitalism, but also the deep failures of patriarchal culture. Ready? Let’s go.
Ok so yesterday I talked a bit about racism & capitalism in the organized sport industry particularly football. Here’s that thread. Note: I’m sure there are scholars who have written about this, this is just my Black feminist quick take.
So football relies heavily on the athletic performance of Black men for the entertainment & profit of predominantly white men. In the NFL when players protest, they’re told to shut up & play or that they make enough money so they shouldn’t care (racist capitalist perspective).
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The most common thing I see is folks referring to protesters as crazy, insane, mental, nutjobs, etc. This language suggests all the protesters (yesterday 1.5k in Madison) have psychiatric disabilities & often imply that as a result they’re dangerous or not worth taking seriously.
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I legit had to call my partner & be like “What is happening? Is this real?” because the award is for $50k in unrestricted research funds good for 3 years. That means I can use it for any research expense for any project I want to do. And as a humanities person, that’s a lot of $!
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