It's well past time to cut the athletes in for a part of the billions of
dollars colleges and universities make off them.Thought this suit
focuses on just an athletes image or likeness, the time has come to figure out
some way to spread the the wealth around in the form of a stipend which every
athlete should receive and not just a scholarship. Athletes can see what's
going on around them, millions of dollars in new facilities, thousands of fans
and everybody but them ... raking in money.The era of the amateur
college athlete is dead.If colleges and universities don't want
to start paying the athletes, then it is time for them to say "goodbye"
to fielding teams that represent the school and just focus on intramural sports.
It's the end of college sports as we know it. BYU-I's decisions
several years ago are looking smarter and smarter to bring college sporting fun
back to amateurism and make it more available for all the students.
I know the possibility for corruption enters the picture with any mention of
compensation but I say cut these athletes a check when they graduate. Yes,
graduate. If they leave early to make big money, they forfeit the cut. Make it
part of compliance reporting, which I know isn't flawless, but this
maintains a semblence of amaturism while giving these young people a piece of
what they earned the school by percentage, individual jersey sales and image
Ironhide:I really like that idea. Makes a lot of sense..,I would say give
it to them after they declare for the draft though. Once they make the decision
to leave "amateur sports" pay them what they've earned.The thing that frustrates me about all this is that CFB is essentially
becoming minor league football. And I don't want to watch minor league
football...I will invest more of my time and money on the real professionals in
the NFL. Gone are the days of school spirit & love of the game...sad.
I like Ironhide's idea. Two part earnings, a small stipend that gets them
money for a movie or a dinner out in town and an investment portion. Treat the
"earnings" invested just like our 401K employer contributions, finish
school and graduate and you get it. No graduation within a period of time then
it is returned to the employer. NCAA is already tracking that kind of graduation
statistic so it just gives the stars a better reason to finish their degree.
Won't make a difference to the kid that declares early, they don't
care about a few thousand dollars when the Pros are dangling million dollar
Can professional sports, including D-! football and basketball, get any more
perverted, decadent. Oh well, everything comes to an end.I'm
in agreement with "Hamath", BYU Idaho has the right idea, BYU Provo and
the University of Utah, Not.
Once the courts rule that college athletes should be paid many schools will stop
playing because they won't have the funding. So what these guys are really
doing is destroying college athletics.
I suppose we should also start paying high school and junior high kids a portion
of the gate fees for playing sports. Do I really want to attend a university
that pays people who voluntarily go skiing, play soccer, run cross country or
sit on the end of the basketball bench while playing maybe 2 minutes per
game.I agree it is annoying that Bogut and Jimmer do not collect on
jerseys sold or their image being used, but they also benefited by free exposure
in large arenas and TV contracts they didn't pay a dime to build. These
large universities build their reputation and fan following over decades and
these players benefit from it for a year or two until they jump into the big
leagues. Try instead getting your skills advertised on Youtube alone and see if
that propels you to the NBA.
And who exactly benefits from the Taj Mahal athletic facilities? It is not the
average college student. If you attend Stanford on scholarship you are making
$50,000 (in tuition) plus room, board, clothes - not to mention tutors, etc.
That applies whether you a star basketball player or riding the bench in field
hockey. This lawsuit will help a few athletes and will cause many border-line
schools to simply close their athletic programs.