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Here’s a shot of the 3,370 square foot hotel suite that Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott will stay in this week during the conference’s men’s basketball tournament.  It comes with its own private butler.  All for a very reasonable $7,500 per night.

This is what the revenue from what LGM’s Scott Lemieux calls peonage ball is actually paying for, along with all the non-revenue sports that are subjects of such intense public interest that it’s possible to smuggle some neurotic rich person’s dull normal kid into the university, by pretending she’s going to be a varsity athlete in that sport, and nobody — other than the coach who is being bribed — even notices that she’s never even played it.

And this is also the inevitable devolution of a money-mad society, where “the market” becomes the measure of all value.

 

 

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