Oh for sure Big Money sports like basketball and football have no business becoming revenue centers at current levels. Tail wagging the dog. It’s become grotesquely obvious that swapping a full scholarship for employment by the school’s basketball/football program is a lopsided deal financially for NCAA athletes. School reels in tens if not hundreds of millions of revenue in a huge and growing pie that athletes are excluded from. Not fair, not sustainable, and it shouldn’t be within the mission of universities whose first job should be academia and to nurture character development.
The one feature that I would like to keep from being thrown out in the bathwater, though, is that athletic competition in team-based sports is good preparation for life and career in the USA. Participating in team sports alongside academic achievement is gold imo. Individual sports as well, but I think participation in team sports pays higher dividends. Not to be underestimated.