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together to grow more food from its abundant soil. preventing a paris-style attack in the u.s. do the differences between american and european muslim community place a role? forced into chemo, the case of a 17-year-old who refused cancer treatment the first national college football championship game reignites the debate over whether players are truly student athletes. i'm antonio mora, welcome to "consider this", those stories and more ahead. >> france is on high alert. >> french police warn that activated.
>> the most serious threat facing europe since the attacks of 9/11. >> the radicalization in the france. >> the united states does not have a large disgruntled radicalized group. >> challenges are to find the individuals on the fringes on the community. >> a connecticut court ruled that a teenager... chemotherapy. >> this is about my daughter treatment. >> college football - a lucrative money grab serving to pull players away from the pretense of going to class. >> to speak about this as laughable. we begin with a day of mourning for the victims of the "charlie hebdo" newspaper massacre in paris. while heavily armed troops guarded the eiffel tower and other public sites and stores in paris, mourners prayed and buried ahmed merabet, the muslim
police officer executed on the streets. two other officers were killed in the terrorist attacks that claimed 17 lives in the paris area over three days last week. in jerusalem prime minister binyamin netanyahu joined mourners for four french jews killed in an assault on a kosher supermarket. in bergen angela merkel joined the -- berlin angela merkel joined a march in support of france. reports claim the attacks may have been planned as long as three years ago, and financed with 20,000 from al qaeda in the arabian peninsula. the second was an incident in france, leaving many that ask wh they faced similar pressures or if it happened here. i'm joined from baltimore, the national president of the muslim's men's association. in 2009 he was awarded the presidential service award for
his work with muslim youth. >> i'm joined by berkeley, by steven fish, author of "are muslims distinctive." i want to play something that new york congressman peter copying, a member of the homeland community said. >> our muslim community accepts a small personnel, part of the american main streams. >> doctor, i take it you think it's a fair description. if a minister cool percentage of the 7 million or so muslims in the u.s. could pose a danger, how concerned should we be? >> exactly. i agree with the statement. the good thing is the muslim community, we work with muslim youth starting from seven to aim of 40. our youth met the french diplomats
and giving them condolences. that is where the larger spectrum is. but the problem does exist. when these muslim kids are born to the parents or immigrants, they are sandwiched between two strong rhettor ecks. they go media and see a strong anti-islam rhetoric. they see a bashing of their faith. they come home and hear an anti-american rhetoric from those that detest the wars and the american foreign policy. that is the danger where we create an unstable identity. and then they become vulnerable to the online jihadis. >> you have studied this. you found that muslims in the u.s. are similar to the population as a whole. and there are big differences between the way muslim
immigrants are treated in the united states and accepted. and the muslim experience in france, germany and western european nations. >> in general, yes. it's easier in the united states than it is in some european countries. generally speaking around the world muslims view the united states as a more congenial place to live than at least some count flis europe. for the -- countries in europe. for the most part americans embrace a kind of multiculturalism. most muslim or arabic speaking or chinese and mandarin speaking and italian, and be a full-blown american, of course. that's not necessarily true in some european countries. germany has an ethnic notion of citizenship and belonging. in france there's a push to assimilate populations rather
than embrace multiculturalism. there's a difference across the countries, the netherlands embraces a multiculturalism. conditions differ across countries. in general the united states, being a nation of immigrants, embraces a multiculturalism making life easier, i think, for recent immigrant groups and muslims than it is europe. >> the muslim community in the united states is varied from 77 countries, it's closer knit and european countries. there's an article in "national review", arguing that as the numbers of muslim immigrants increase in america, so does the possibility that some muslims will join terrorists, since 1992 the numbers have doubled from 50,000 to 100,000 a year. dr eunice, does that growing muslim community in america increase the terrorist threat?
>> i think i disagree with that. that implies that there's inherent problems with islam, and, therefore, we should be worried about the trend. i disagree. i think it's an ideological issue. there is a fringe element. we cannot deny that. there are people that condone blasphemy and apostasy laws and say you cannot be loyal living under a non-muslim government. once you eliminate those viruses, numbers will not mampt you can expand and go to any scale. we have seen that. our group is established in 200 countries around the globe. some largest, some smaller. we don't see the conflict. we address it. >> the question about numbers is something that people are raising. you look at michigan with a population of less than 100,000. 40% are muslim. if you look at at government
document leaked two years ago. deer born has more people on the federal terrorism watch list than a city besides new york. professor fish, do you think that that does suggest that numbers matter? >> not necessarily. i actually don't believe that numbers matter all that much. i suppose in strictly mathematical terms one could say if the numbers of immigrants from - name a country - from france were to double, that the danger of crimes committed by french people or people of french extraction in the united states would go up. it doesn't make all that much sense because we wouldn't expect french people to commit crimes disproportionately. similarly we have a large muslim population in the united states. we have had little terrorism. little islamist terrorism in the united states. 9/11 was not committed, for the most part, by american citizens
who were born and raised in the united states. we have had a terrorist incident in the united states - the boston marathon bombing, committed by people, by people who lived in the united states for some time. but, you know, again, in is one incident. we go back several decades, and there has been very little islamist terrorism in the united states. in is especially remarkable when you consider how easy it is to commit acts of terrorism. throwing a handmade bomb into a store or a shopping mall is easy. yet it doesn't happen in the united states very often. >> the professor raises an issue of what generation the extremists could come from. in france the latest came from second generations growing up. the tsarnev brothers are first generation immigrants and others
convicted of terrorist activities. is it the children of immigrants that seem to be more at risk of joining radical groups than their parents? >> it's the children of immigrants who have the challenge of forming that dual identity. it's their challenge to be muslims and americans - not muslims or minister. and, therefore, the ground reality, the root causes have to be looked at. if you look at recent polls from 2013, muslims in america face more discrimination than blacks, hispanics or lbgt groups. we have developed a thick skin to that, is that a trend we want to sustain. when you compound that with foreign policy and wars and collateral dams, and you add an internet sanctioner, some radical, that is the recipe i'm worried about. those are the root causes. >> your study found large-scale
terrorism is an islamist issue worldwide. you found that muslim countries as a whole are less violent than the world average. >> that's right. i broke violence into several categories. one is murder rates - looking at common crime, murder. we have good cross national data, and i found that murder rates are lower in predominantly muslim countries than elsewhere. i looked at mass political violence, civil wars, things like that and found no difference between muslims and non-muslims. when it comes to terrorism over the last couple of debates, groups that pretend to speak for islam are grossly disproportionately guilty of terrorist acts. when we take apart violence like that, this is what we see. it's important to remember that terrorists acts committed in the west are not committed by especially religious muslims.
quite the opposite is true. the boston bombings were committed by young men that could not recite the first syria of the koran, people that didn't know anything about their case. we tend to identify terrorism with long-bearded supposedly muslims, but if we look at the terrorists themselves, whether they are operating in russia or in france for the united states, very often they are people who know next to nothing about their faith. learning something about islam from parents or the mosque and so on does not appear to be a problem. it seems like people who know more about their faith were more deeply steeped in it, may be less likely to commit acts of terrorism. mind. >> good to have your perspective. thank you for joining us. >> pleasure. >> thank you. >> for more on what is happening in paris and across europe we
are joined from london by a professor of international relations and contemporary middle east studies at the london school of economics and political science, and the author of boks and editor of "the new middle east - protests and revolution in the arab world", his latest title "the rise of is, the islamic state, and how to beat it." great to have you on the show. i want your perspective on the discussion about the muslim experience in the united states versus europe. it has a larger issue, a larger muslim population. demographic trends change rapidly. what lessons can the u.s. learn from europe, or europe learn from how the u.s. dealt with muslims, who are fairly well assimilated here? >> you know, you have put your tinker on some major points about the different context in the united states and europe.
there is a large number of muslims in terms of the population in europe than there are in the united states. many muslims in europe are basically relatively unskilled. they live on the fringe of society. this advantage - and what you have in europe is a severe economic crisis in the last five or six years. while the u.s. economy is vibrant, dynamic. most muslims in america have been integrated. what you have in europe is what i call a very relatively big militant infrastructure, islamist infrastructure placed since the 1980s. more radical clerics, preaches who basically brainwar the minds of some man who lives on the fringe of society. europe is very contiguous. it's easier for a young man to buy into the ideology of
jihadism. to basically purchase an airline ticket go to turkey and germany. to give you an idea for your own viewers, we have information, according to cred i believe forces that between 5,000 and 3,000 young european men are fighting now in iraq and syria, either with the so-called islamic state or i.s. or al nusra front. you have 100 minister, muslims and fight in syria. this tells you about the qualitative difference between the american contacts of muslims and the european contacts of muslim communities. >> that is leading to fear in europe of more attacks whether from accomplices from the paris attackers. copycats and other cells. you stressed that we can't fall into a trap of fear. i would thick that is easier said than done.
>> you're absolutely correct. in fact, fear is a powerful beast, as you know. it devours all of us, most of us. there's a sense now that the crisis will be with us for many years. anti-muslim sentiment is spreading much the friendship g right in europe is trying to categorise the fringe on the anti-muslim or immigrant sentiment. the fact is regardless of what they think about the wave of mull tapsy. it's immoral to hold the muslim responsible as a collective community, for the actions of a few militants. whether you talk about 2,000 or 5,000. let me turn the question on his head, and say that the muslim community himself is victimized by the militants.
between iraq, the internal militantsy, muslims and a hard place, the rite wing, fringe right wing exploiting this particular militantsy in order to put in place anti-immigration policies and anti-muslim policies. this is the predictment as a history. >> what do you say to a powerful piece in politico, called "time of the assassins", arguing that there's no counterforce to the assassins in our midst, referring to the muslim world. do you agree with that? >> many muslim voices have been raised against the terror. >> well look in fact, not only the muslim community find itself thrust between the rock of militants within its own ranks, and the hard place of the fringe right. i would argue that these
militants that subscribe to al qaeda ideology, whether it's i.s.i.s. or al qaeda in yemen or the central, it is trying to hijack islamic identity. it is trying to polarize western societies, to bring about a clash of civilizations - us versus them. in fact, regardless of what the muslim community can and will do much the militants are revolting against fathers and mothers, not just societies that welcomed them into its own ranks. >> some a few turn to violence. there is concern over the release of the cartoon mocking prophet muhammad - you can argue whether it's mocking him or not, but the egypt top authority warns it will exacerbate tensions
and observe ents muslims circulating online against the staff of "charlie hebdo". there are muslims who will not turn to violence, but are not speaking out strongly against it. is there some danger that there could be a moem um growing as we have seen attacks in france, australia, canada? >> you are raising an important point. what i call the clash of ideologists. it's not just about foreign policies. what you have is a cultural minefield or mine fields. in france, for example, you have a clash between the secular ideology of the state - what some conservative muslims call hypersecularism and some elements of the communities who feel that their values and ideas and culture and realliageon
is -- religion is basically undermined by the state's policy of secularism. and, in fact, it's this cultural mind fields that allowed men to drift to mill tansy, but how to recruit men like the two brothers who were behind the attacks on the newspaper charlie. yes, more and more muslims need to speak occupant. even though they fear the cartoons represent an insult if viewed this way. so what. it should not. the insult should not be turp understood a challenge. it's not an existential challenge. it's one thing to say i disagree. i protest.
they instalment me, it's another thing to say the cartoons represent an exosubstantial throat to islam or the communities, it does not. the same newspaper, there's no sacred cows, it insults all religions, the idea is to deconstruct dominant narratives and idea yoingies, it's a narrative, it's an idea. it's not an army. it should not be seen as an existential threat to islam or others. >> it's not clear what terror group was behind the attack. the kouachi brothers trained with al-qaeda your in yemen, there's support for i.s.i.l. you wrote about a civil war within the terrorist family and at the height of its power al qaeda had a maximum of 2,000 fighters that i.s.i.l. has as many as 32,000.
is there a rift between the groups, if there is a rift, does it matter? >> it's a major rift. and it matters a great deal. when it comes to the enemy, the united states and european countries, they unite. the irony is that we know that the al qaeda in the asian peninsula, al qaeda in yemen, the militant affiliate of al qaeda has a direct or had a direct or indirect draw goodnight the attacks in paris. i.s.i.s., which basically is - i mean is rivalled to al qaeda in the arabian peninsula welcomed the attacks, and basically celebrated the two young brothers as heros. though there's a rivalry, when it comes to the fight against the far enemy, western powers, they tend to unite. they perceive the same threat that the united states and
european countries are waging all-out wars. not only against the ideology and ranks and file of al qaeda, but a cultural war, and this is where the cartoons come in. they try to portray the cartoons as part of the cultural warfare values. >> good to see you and have your perspective now for more stories from around the world. we begin in egypt where after a 3-year legal fight former president hosni mubarak could soon be a free man. egypt's high court overturned his last remaining conviction. the deposed leader was imprisoned after the 2011 arab spring and faced charges of conspiring to kill protesters. the conspiracy charms were dropped in november. tuesday a recil was ordered when the high court found legal
proceedings were not followed. it's up to the prosecutor to decide whether hosni mubarak will be freed on bail or held retrial. >> next, to cameroon. the government claimed the military killed 143 boko haram, and seized a significant amount of the group's heavy weaponry. officials said a 5-hour clash broke out after boko haram attacked a camp near the nigeria border on monday. a cameroonian soldier was killed in the fighting, coming after boko haram released a video threatening the president of cameroon. a government minister said the tollways the heaviest loss sustained by boko haram on cameroon soil. president obama said he would twork find common -- work to found common ground in a meeting with conyegsal meetings. goodwill disappeared. the republican dominated house would vote on a bill defunding
president obama's executive actions on immigration, saying it's about stopping the president's overreach. house minority leader criticized the approach saying the republican proposal could shut down the department of homeland security. the house is expected to vote on the billion wps, but it's un unlikely to pass the senate. >> coming up, can you force an underaged cancer patient to undergo chemotherapy. we here from the lawyer of a 17-year-old who refused treatment. who says hollywood is progressive. a lack of progress for women in the film industry. >> and harmeli aregawi is web. >> interesting study coming out about facebook. the social media site might know your parliamentary better than your -- personality better than your family. let us know what you think:
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. >> a 17-year-old connecticut girl has been forced to receive chemotherapy to fight a deadly form of cancer against her mother's will and her open. the young woman, cassandra c, refused chemotherapy and fled the state after taking two treatments ordered by a lower court. she returned to connecticut after her mother was threatened with arrest and took her case to the state supreme court which ruled against her. she obeyed the order and told a newspaper: for more, i'm joined from hartford by joshua, an assistant public defender and cassandra's attorney. good to have you with us. how is cassandra doing. she complained in her piece that she's locked in the hospital. her mother has limited visits,
and she doesn't have a phone to call her friends. >> i can't give any more details, it's a juvenile case. i can say that she has less freedom of movement than clients detention. >> she has hodgkin's lymphoma, a form of cancer with a cure rate of more than 80% with chemotherapy. her mother, jacky, said this after the hearing... >> my daughter made a decision that she does not want chemicals, poison, put into her body. does that mean that she wants to die? absolutely not. does that mean that i am going to let her die? absolutely not. >> given the cure rate of hodgkin's lymphoma, why reject the treatment? >> the point, as far as i see it, and the legal issue is not really why, but can anyone. if she was 8.5 months older she could, unquestionably, you
could, i could. that's a fundamental long-held right. that was the question, was not why, but more the idea that everyone has the freedom to decide about their own body. >> connecticut assistant attorney-general told the court that cassandra and her mother used magical thinking: do cassandra and her mother have chemotherapy? >> we have talked about exploring alternative treatments. while you or i or anyone might think it's foolish in the circumstance, maybe it is foolish, but the point is if she were an adult she could. i could explore alternatives or do no treatment. that's the point i'm pushing. maybe it's a bad decision, but it's hers to make.
>> you argue that the court should give her control, she should be able to make that decision because 17 states, not including connecticut use the mature minor doctrine which allows minors to make decisions on their own health and welfare if they are mature enough. cassandra fled treatment after swearing under oath that she would take the chemo. this is what the chief justice in the court had to say. >> cassandra either intentionally misgave her intentions to the court or changed her eyes on this issue of life and death. in either case her conduct supports judge quinn's finding that the respondent failed to prove that cassandra was a mature piper. into would you have had a case if cassandra had not fled? >> i would have had an easier case, to be sure. the difficult thing was because
of - before we got to the trial court, we were dealing with a new legal theory. we didn't have good evidence or present the case as well as we might have if we had forseen all of this. we didn't have a psychological expert or someone to speak to her maturity or bring in testament from other adults that knew her. what we are asking the supreme court for was to give us a second chance, to send the case to the juvenile court to present more evidence. >> can you pursue the issue further. it's open at some level, at the junior court level. >> i think we can. i don't think the support forechose that as a question of connecticut law. they focused on the evidence before them, and said based on this evidence we are not going to obvious turn what the trial court did. child protection cases are perennially open because there's this presumption that d.c. f,
the department of children and families, they are not her parent forever, they are there for a bit, and the idea is to return her home. if we show new circumstances, or something different. we could go back in front of not the supreme court, but the juvenile court, and try to raise the issue again. >> cassandra's mum lost custody, and that's when d.c. f stepped in. did the state operate the way they should. where would you draw the line on parental rights. you have a curable cancer, involved? >> i can't fault d.c. f. we were operating in a legal gray area. it's easy to imagine if they had done nothing, spoken and she said "we'll let her get no treatment." i could see d.c. f coming under fire for that decision. if i have any criticism of their approach, it's the heavy-handedness of it. if i had a 17-year-old, who
- who we had to strap her to a bed and make her take the medicine - that's what the state is doing. >> good of you to join us and tell us about it. thank you now that we have heard the legal angle we'll check the medical ethics, including a doctor's decision not to listen to a patient's issues also, a story hollywood doesn't want you to here. the abyss ma'am record of -- abyss mall record of women behind a camera >> call amy smith at work >> when we're behind the wheel >> basically we just don't multi-task as well as we think... >> are we focused on what's ahead? >> what could those misses mean? >> distracted driving... the new road hazard >> i'm driving like a maniac >> you're distracted... >> techknow's team of experts show you how the miracles of science... >> this is my selfie... what can you tell me about my future? >> can effect and surprise us... >> don't try this at home
>> hundreds of days in detention. >> al jazeera rejects all the charges and demands immediate release. >> thousands calling for their freedom. >> it's a clear violation of their human rights. >> we have strongly urged the government to release those journalists. >> journalism is not a crime. we just heard from a lawyer of a 17-year-old girl in connecticut fighting for the rite not to undergo chemotherapy to treat her cancers. setting legal arguments aside, what are the ethical considerations on all sides on who should be treated or relevant it. a bioeth sis and director of n.y.u.'s meth call ethics joins us. there's an old saying that you are considered sane until you asking with the doctor.
so ethically... >> we call that the comedy test. do you agree with me, good, you are competent. if you disagree, you are not competent. [ laughs ] >> how far can a doctor go etedingly against a -- ethically against a patient's wishes. >> one thought is how old is the patient. the second issue is what is the regions, some have religious objections some want to pursue alternative medicine. she's basically saying i don't want to go through this. we come back to that. that may not be a moving reason. it's never fun going through what the doctors do, for her it's a couple of months, not a lift of intervention. and we think okay, are we psych logic asound or together. she appears to be in this case. we've been looking at that. lastly, does it work. >> let's go down some of these. it's a grey line.
>> this is a close call case. close call. >> doctors in the state have all sorts of ethical obligations including to remove children from an abusive situation or anything that may cause them harm. does this qualify under that rule? >> ethically it does, because they say the mum is not looking out for her best interests and is supporting her in refusing effective medical care. the state has an interest of preserving her life as a child, and they stech in. that would constitute abuse. >> what is a parent's ethical obligation about this? >> it's interesting. i don't know the details of what is going on between mother and daughter, what you want to hear is yes, i support my daughter in her decision, but i wish she'd change her mind and live. you don't get a tonne of that from what i have seen, but you want parents to say "i want to
support my kid, but i want my kid to bee here." we allow adults to relevant treatment, why not allow treatment to be rejected in this case. her. >> that's what makes it tough. at 17, if she came up with some overwhelmingly persuasive reason, you may want to listen to that. let's say she had three organ transports and they failed and you have to do another one. i don't think anyone will go through that. three have failed, outcomes are poor. chemotherapy, the thing works, you get through it. you need emotional support, hopefully she can bond with a doctor or nurse. what you are starting to say is 17 is not old enough to relevant a cure. >> she's almost 18. >> it's close. at the statement, you know, almost 18 doesn't get you a driver's licence, it doesn't get you in a bar. almost 18 doesn't let you sign a contract and doesn't let you, if
you will, kill yourself. >> what about the cure rate, the fact - you brought it up. how big of a deal is that, should that be in deciding what this case is, given that this is curable. you say... >> morally to me thing. >> so it shows the odds... >> 90%. if it was 20%, 10%. she'd get the discretion. definitely the cure rate is something that has to be looked at in a case like this. >> when we get the situation, other situations, others say i don't want a drug transfusion. the cure rate has to move. you have someone that needs anti-by otics. she's up at 85 to 90%. if we talked experimental chemotherapy, i don't think anyone would force that. >> you brought up religion, what role should religion play -
again, is it a grey line or if a family has strong religious objections to a treatment, should wishes be respected. >> religion might count. you want to make sure the parents or guardians are not pushing their rely im on on to the kids. unite unite . >> you might say i'm a jehovah's witness, if the kid does not grasp the religion, you will not give it much credibility. >> how should this play out? >> i think it played out correctly. i don't agree with the decision saying the crucial decision is get her to 18. people say she's close, why not let her refuse. i say she's close, treat her, and then let her refuse. i hope that she can get counselling and support, find a doctor, nurse to bond with, bring if kids that have been through this like she's going through it. she needs a lot of emotional support.
you don't want to treat have you been shackled, handcuffed. >> whatever the ethical considerations i know we wish her the best. >> absolutely. i hope she's here at 18 to yell at us. >> thank you. i hope so. time to see what is trending on the web. harmeli aregawi is here with something interesting. >> there's a new study finding facebook likes can assess your personalityie better than family and friends. a computer model went through facebook likes of 86,000 volunteers measuring openness, conscientiousness, agreeableness and eroticism. friends and family completed a survey about the individuals, when comparing their assessment and the ruts of computer models and questionnaires that volunteers filled out.
better. >> they look at different posts to figure out what correlates to the attributes. >> there's a weird association. meditation and david bowie is associate with openness. liking wikipedia is associated with shy or reserved. at... >> yes, there's a computer model that we can connect our facebooks and get results out of, and it's - i found i was mixed. i'm a little more conservative than i am open. 6% spontaneous. shy and reserved. i'm a little more assertive and competitive than i am agreeable and calm and relaxed rather than neurootic. >> you are not grable. >> i'm pretty down the middle. i thought it was pretty accurate. extreme. >> you want me to do this. and i did.
and it didn't work. >> you did try. good effort. it says that you didn't have enough data. i talked to a researcher, and he thought, you know, it could work with a minimum amount of likes of 10 or so. it can't give you a proper assessment with that many likes. liking. >> friends postings and thinks. i don't like anything that is political. so i don't express a politicalon there. i like friends' pictures. snow you are conscientious. >> and cute dogs. >> it tells you political leapings, whether you are female or mail. that information is on facebook. things. >> keep liking things and they'll tell me what i'm like coming up, is the concept of a student athlete outdated. the look at the phenomenal
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the other victory is the game itself. more big games means more revenue for the schools, broadcasters and sponsors. what about the students whose hard work made it possible. dave zirin joins us, host of edge of sport radio, his book "brazil's dance with the devil", was one of the best sports books of 2014 bit the boston globe. congratulations on that, dave. >> thank you. >> let's start with the play-offs, the college play-offs. the structure was popular with fans. e.s.p.n. had more than 28 million viewers. the championship match up had a 2-1% increase this ratings. so isn't this all a big success. >> huge success. frankly, that's part of the problem. the success means that it will only get bigger, and the bigger the play-off gets, the more the benefits
will go to the few, and the more exploitition will take place. we are looking at longer seasons, 15-16-game seasons, restrictions on movements will be great, other than the cross-country travel. it's a very, very difficult system to see as being moral when you are looking at the perspective of the student athlete, and in many cases from the school itself. while ohio state made out like bandits into the amount of money pouring into the conference and their school, the school simultaneously is undergoing sharp cuts in arts and humanities, while it's putting 2 million into the school, sports facility and locker room. >> you are talking about a mismanaged system, that the bigger it gets, the more mismanaged it will be. >> you call this the paradox of the thinking college sports fan? >> absolutely.
that was a phrase said to be by a professor at ohio, who was excited about the champ vonship game, while getting a letter saying he should excuse students on the first day of class and the second semester if they over. >> it said specifically that hopes instructors will use their best judgment and take into account that this historic match-up falls on the same day as the first day of class. speaking out of both sides of their mouth saying yes, it's the first day of class, but, on the other hand for public consumption, they are saying it's the first day, you have to respect it, but say it's the opposite behind the scenes. >> that's what my article was about. the isn't probo sent a letter to students talking about how tough they would be.
that person's boss sent a letter saying this was a party day and you better get used to it. the state spent over $350,000 flying in 66 high-rolling boosters on the state school so they could take part. >> a lot of kids could go to college for that money. you brought up how much money is going into sports facilities in ohio, and how much is cut from other sides. with all this money coming in, in the end is it a net win for the college, because some of the money has to be going to the university and towards education. >> when ohio does well, it encourages other schools to play copycat. one of the things that the night commission concluded is that you have most schools lose money from football. football is a money loser.
the revenue producing sport, but you have to produce money into it to see the returns. in other words, if you compete within ohio state, you better be prepared to spend a million in salaries for assistant coaches, not each head coaches, but assistant coaches. there can only be so many champions, and you may find yourself in a situation where you spend a phone of money on a stadium, coaches and facilities. it's not a sustainable system, and more colleges come out net losers than winners. >> in the context of what it means for education. in a way it was fitting soee ohio's quarter -- fitting to see ohio's quarterback because he got into trouble to say: last year the u.n.c. scandal continued to play out. where students were taking paper
courses, you know. has the n.c.a.a. done enough to make sure - is it doing enough to make sure that athlete's education is not a joke? >> the n.c.a.a. passes regulation after regulation, rule after rule. it opens up all kinds of ways for schools to hire armies of tutors to work with the young people. yet there's a contradiction at the heart of it because they are asking for travel across the country acting them to play, even though the players don't see money. irvin myer received a $250,000 for making it. >> on top of a salary. >> a $4 million 100 times the salary to woody hays, the legendary coach made in the late 1980s.
>> do you think we'll see developments on unionization of players and financial compensation. >> you'll see the development at some schools. in places line, for example, michigan, where they signed a $48 million check to jim harbaugh to leave the 69ers, that week state legislature passed a law signed into law by governor rick schneider saying college athletes were not allowed to unionize. ohio did something similar. you see what is going on here. they are really trying to make sure the position of players remains the position of powerlessness. good to have you with us. thanks coming up wednesday, glen close's private battle turned public. the actor that battled mental illness her home life. join us on aljazeera.com/considerthis, we
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