In the wake of the Sandusky Scandal - The Little People Always Get Hurt
The NCAA declared it's punishment today for Penn State in response to the institution's failure to report Jerry Sandusky's child abuse on college grounds. The sanctions include banning the Penn State football team from all post-season play and bowl games for four years, reducing the program's number of scholarships from 25 to 15 per year for the next four years, and fining the program $60 million. The football program will be on probation for five years, and all wins between 1998 and 2011 (when the abuse occurred) have been voided.
I've read a lot of people voice the opinion that this is unfair to people who did nothing wrong, namely: football players who are enrolled and planned to play for Penn State, past players who worked hard for their win records, and individuals who could have received one of the usual 25 scholarships available.
This is unfortunately a harsh reality of the world. In the case where larger institutions deserve and receive punishment, the little guy will always get hurt. The workers will lose their jobs over a valid boycotting of a bad business. When a business who is underpaying their staff is shut down, the workers are the ones who lose what little salary they were acquiring. It's a sad situation. Unfortunately in this case there really wasn't anything else to be done. In order to effectively punish Penn State as an institution, these mandates needed to be made. While it wholeheartedly is a shame that innocent individuals will be affected in the process, I see no other way things could have happened.