NCAA college football is a multi-billion dollar business enterprise. It is conducted in all 50 United States, scheduled across geographies demanding event planning, travel, legal contracts, paid employees, unions, hierarchies, officials, trainers, coaches, administrators, promotion, advertising, merchandise sales, food and beverage sales, television, radio, Web and print media coverage, ticket sales, required attendance at meetings, practices and other events, equipment, real estate, housing, facilities maintenance, custodial services, construction, trash/junk removal, storage, vehicles, fuel, health/medical care and more. It requires electricity. I’m reminded every month that electricity is not free.
Stop me now if any of that sounds “amateurish.” Can you think of any other industry that requires all (or even half) of the above and still credibly call it an amateur enterprise?
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