The Big Ten Conference's Year of Readiness proposal, which would push freshman athletes to the sidelines, is supposedly about giving students time to explore educational opportunities, but the financial benefits to colleges and universities are hard to ignore.
Teamwork wins games, but a taste for “hero ball” means players are much less cooperative during playoffs. That kind of selfish play is often rewarded with boatloads of money.
LeBron James was right, then, when he said: "I'm LeBron James. From Akron, Ohio. From the inner city. I am not even supposed to be here."
When people are paid to win a game with a set of arbitrary rules, people will break the rules. We're almost always OK with that—except for one thing.