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College athletics programs are not rolling cash. Most operate in the red.
This post was edited by PhillipMarshall on 3/22/2013 at 12:39 AM
Phillip, right on you are so right. It would destroy the college game as we all know it. Thanks for your continued insight.
You mean we would have to start paying them more?
One of the biggest hang ups on pay for play is also Title 9. If you pay football players then you have to pay women's softball or men's golf. Whoever is on scholarship now will be paid for play and that just isn't feasible. The HBO real sports that had a few Auburn players on it, the hosts ended up having an editorial moment towards the end and one of the guys said that they could just do away with Title 9 to make way for paying players. I am sure a lot of schools would have loved to do away with it 20 years ago.
A full ride college scholarship is valued upwards at 100k over the course of 4-5 years, that is pretty close to what minor league baseball players make over the same course. It is just that most college players aren't there for an education that can make their life better if they don't make the big time.
The big elephant in the room is this subject, you can cut it anyway you want d1 football and basketball players the better ones have been getting paid for years. Everybody does it, some are better at not getting caught than others but it goes on. If you believe it doesn't then how do we get a Stephen Davis the #1 player in the country and were on probation? It's there always has always will nobody wants to see it!
I fear for the college games that I love to watch. The re-alliences that don't make sense is just an example. The game is changing too fast in my opinion and money is at the helm.
In the movie "Chariots of Fire". The thought that amateur athletics applied to everyone including the coaches. I find it interesting that all the ancillary people associated with college athletics (i.e.. coaches, administrators, AD, presidents, professors and the media) who make a lot of money off of these "amateur" athletes are so adamant about preserving the integrity of the sport. This is hypocritical.
The thought that the athletes at high profile programs (i.e.. BCS) are not covertly paid id naive.
No one has problems with stipends for ROTC or graduate students.
No one has problems with a non athlete using his skills to make money on the side like journalism, music, engineering (i.e.. work study) in their field.
It is time the schools pay these students fairly for the work and money that they provide for the universities.
Auburn '99, Beta Zeta of Theta Xi
There are a lot of negative aspects of this idea, most of which would lead to the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer among conferences. Since the lesser or less successful conferences earn less TV revenue their players would get paid less and this would result in even more flow of top athletes to the top conferences. If you mandated that all conferences pay the same amount then some conferences/schools would go broke and the socialism aspect would undermine players incentive to give their best effort at the risk of injury. Even within a top conference the provision of each school paying each player the same generates ineptitude due to reduced incentive. If you reward for performance then you set up financial competition for players and the top schools (ie. Bama) would become like the Yankees of old...followed by the type of salary cap rules so prevalent in professional sports today. What a mess and who needs that? People pushing for this are short sighted and haven't considered all the consequences. JMHO
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