Let Penn State play football, but without its fans (essay) | Inside Higher Ed


We'll find out tomorrow about what punishments the NCAA will impose on Penn State. Ira Socol has an idea that falls between the so-called "death penalty" (essentially a temporary elimination of the sport) and simple sanctions -- play without fans. Ira's argument: "Allow the players to play, insist that Penn State pay its contractual commitments, allow the Big Ten to have its right number of games televised everywhere but the State of Pennsylvania, but send an unmistakable message that Penn State exists for some reason other than to provide Saturday afternoon entertainment eight days a year."