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College football, basketball athletes worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to NCPA and Drexel study

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  • let's roll LEHI, UT
    April 14, 2014 7:53 p.m.

    Articles like these have a modicum of arithmetic, but nearly no discernable logic.

    Using the NFL revenue share numbers? Where's the logic in that? The NFL isn't required by the Federal Government to run an athletic program with comparable opportunity for female and male athletes.

    The average NCAA basketball player is worth $400K a year. Really? Then why can't they make $100 a year playing basketball the year after they graduate? Why isn't the Northwestern quarterback behind the unionization movement making money playing quarterback this year?

    The simple truth is that the vast majority of graduating basketball and football players never make another cent playing their sport because they can't generate any revenue with their athletic skill without the logo/brand of their school and the NCAA.

    Their skills are equal to or better than when they were in college, but those skills, for all but the top 1% have no ability to generate ANY income playing sports. What does that say about who/what is generating the income sited in these studies?

  • MileHighCougarFan Brighton, CO
    April 15, 2014 2:05 p.m.

    Propaganda plain and simple. Just trying to manufacture fuel to get the "unionize college players" fire burning as hot as possible.

  • casual observer Salt Lake City, UT
    April 18, 2014 2:38 p.m.

    And who provides athletes with team mates to make them look good, has a stadium in which to play, schedules opponents, facilities in which to train, skilled coaching, a free education and publicity galore? They should play on a contingency fee basis, e.g. if you earn a salary in sports you pay your college a percentage.

  • oldtimeftballer Salt Lake City, UT
    April 20, 2014 11:53 p.m.

    Re casual observer

    The $178,000 figure isn't all the money. Gimme a break. It's a drop in the bucket.

    The Universities still make over a billion profit in TV revenue after the payout (if they did pay college athletes instead of the slavery theynare in now).