Sure the rules and basics are pretty much the same as the NFL but the atmosphere and fanaticism surrounding the game is completely different. Check out any game on a Saturday in the fall and you will be shocked to see the stadium. And the fans are all dressed head to toe in red.
Comment The Olympics long celebrated an ethos of amateurism. The same is touted by the NCAA and other apologists of college football.
But how do they compare?
Amateurism as a concept has been around since the late 18th century. As distinguished from professionals, amateurs are those who compete for the love of the game.
It is a concept that has long been extolled as a virtue in a range of sports. With the Winter Olympics starting soon after National Signing Daythe concept was on the mind of this Sunday Morning Quarterback for much of the past week.
How does the textbook definition of amateurism compare to what it really represents in practice? What similarities and differences exist between Olympic amateurism and collegiate amateurism?
Ultimately, what we find is that amateurism in practice always fall short of the ideal.
What exactly constitutes amateurism? In current practice, amateurism describes athletes who are not overtly professional. In some cases, this denotes athletes whose primary occupation falls outside the purview of their sport.
In other cases, this merely means that an athlete performs without compensation. In other cases, amateurship is predicated on the idea that LIke Long before professional athletes such as the US Dream Team in basketball, it would be hard to argue that Olympic athletes were truly amateur.
Subsidized by national Olympic committees, athletes have also historically been given make-work jobs in the army or police force as a means of providing funding.
Similarly, amateurism is a term thrown around often when it comes to collegiate sports. But once scholarships and stipends became commonplace, declaring collegiate athletes as fully amateur becomes problematic. How are Olympians and college stars compensated?
Olympians are compensated in various ways. Athletes can also sign contracts to advertise products and receive gear and compensation, if they are good enough to negotiate an endorsement deal for themselves.
It is this sort of model that has often been touted for college athletes. While there is still unease about paying athletes directly from university athletic departments, endorsements with third parties would maintain the veneer of amateurism as it stands between college and collegian.
There are several differences between the NFL and NCAA considering rules, player compensation, league play, and playoffs. Both the NFL and college football play the game on the same regulation size field which is a one-hundred yard field with a ten yard end zone of both sides/5(1). There are several important specific differences between the Canadian and American versions of the game of football: Playing area [ edit ] The official playing field in Canadian football is larger than the American, and similar to American fields prior to It’s a common debate and for good reason. Although the two share a lot in common, they also have several distinctions in their players, coaches, fans, traditions and rules. Keep reading to learn more about the differences between college football and the NFL. Players. The players are what make the game.
Ultimately, though college athletes are already something other than amateur. The academic scholarship offered in exchange for representing a university is itself a form of payment.
Athletics are no more pure when athletes are uncompensated. And, ultimately, even those classified as amateurs in either the Olympics or in college have for much of history received some form of compensation.
So what is the point of amateurism? Amateurism is an ideal that looks great on paper. And that entertainment is no less present when the athlete is compensated.
After all, college football fans are no less rabid about their favorite teams for knowing that the players are compensated with scholarships, academic support, weight and strength training, nutrition advice, and the myriad other ways that compensation can be something other than straight lucre.
Latest pre-Combine first round NFL Mock Draft Amateurism, ultimately, is an illusory concept for which the terms of the discourse are effectively impossible to realize in real life. Keep that in mind, not only during the current Winter Olympics but also when thinking about the newest crop of young football players to sign National Letters of Intent.The schedule is another area that many collegiate athletes have a hard time adjusting.
For college football players, this transition is somewhat seamless. College football teams play anywhere from regular season games, depending on conference, while NFL teams have a 16 game regular season. The subject of college football versus professional football includes a topic of many debates among football fans across America.
Each individual has their own opinion on which they prefer. There are many similarities, of course, when comparing college football to the NFL. First and foremost, the same basic rules of the game apply. Aug 29, · What are other differences, if any, among middle school, high school, college, and professional football, as far as rules, how the game is played, etc.?
I know, for example, the playoffs are different for college than for professional football. High school and collegiate athletes recovered at equivalent rates in terms of symptom and balance measures.
• Cognitive recovery took 1–2 days longer in the concussed high school versus collegiate cohort, with comparisons between each injured group and uninjured controls revealing equivalent courses of cognitive recovery. Actually, there is little difference between the regulation footballs for the NFL and NCAA.
Both are the same length and width dimensions to in long circumference and to in short circumference. Both are also inflated to the same weight of to PSI. As Matt Wasserman points out, the only difference between college and professional football fields is the placement of the hash marks.
The placement of the hash marks matters most in terms of: Amount of the field the offense has to use to the short side, and.