Re: College Athletes
Most schools don't turn a profit now. They can't afford to pay them or at the very least the same as the schools who do make a profit from all their sports programs. If they have to pay, then more and more sports programs will be cut, men and women's, whether they turn any profit or not. Pretty soon some schools will have football and maybe basketball and not much. Many smaller schools would close down all programs,
Such a discrepancy in pay levels would cause the rich schools to get even more of the best players than now if poorer schools are allowed to offer lower payments..
I don't think they should be paid. Right now they get books, tuition, room and board, tutoring, the best health care available in every aspect, the chance to travel to places most would never see otherwise. They also get local fame, if not national fame, so if they do not make it at a NFL level, the chances some local businessman will hire him is greatly higher than most average students.
Many get money from grants.
Many student-athletes are there for sports and not academics anyway.
Football is a high risk sport, especially the longer you play it from accumulated injuries of various types. That is no different from certain jobs in the real world. Cops, firemen, military people, and many more professions know the dangers of their job. If you are not willing to accept those risks, do something else.
You could let the kids get jobs in the offseason to make more money instead of training year round like they do now. Needless to say that opens up a new can of worms and would greatly lessen the quality of product on the field due to less time perfecting their craft.
Very few kids make it in pro sports, so good luck to them, but beyond what is already being done, don't pay the kids. For the most that don't make it to the pros, they are well compensated. For those that do, they get the big bucks they were after in the first place and since the NFL has no reason to form their own minor league system, those kids used college as such a platform to showcase their skills, another "free benefit".
Few things in this world is perfect and college sports certainly is not, but all things considered, it is a good deal for all involved. It would not be wise to poke the hornet nest.
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