Because they are not an educational good. People often think they are just money or grants. The really insidious thing that a lot of people don’t know is that colleges also offer points. Achieve a certain standard and because you’re a good GAA player a college might add fifty points to your total for that college, thus making you eligible for a course you may not entitled to otherwise. It undermines others who are not good at sports and ironically can serve as a disincentive to young lads to work harder.
Some colleges are also offering potential scholarships they have no intention of giving out. Unless you’re a county minor and a very good one you’re not getting one. Doesn’t stop them trying to turn the heads of other lads they have no intention of helping.
The system is shady at best. Immoral at worst.