To pay or not to pay, that is the question. Seems there was an epic debate on the four letter network yesterday regarding whether men’s college football and basketball players should be paid. Just as there were several different articles on each side of this issue, I too am firmly on the fence. Part of me is of the mind set that these kids are being paid already. They are getting a very expensive education free of charge. The majority, especially at AQ schools, live in virtual luxury.
They have tutors provided , medical staff, awesome room and board, and they probably eat better than most people on campus. They are provided for, very well in fact. They seem far from impoverished athletes as Pat Forde discusses here. So part of me sees no reason for any other benefits. But I can’t get around the feeling that they do generate millions and millions of dollars for their schools. Shoot their whole conferences in many respects. So why shouldn’t they get a piece of that pie? Now I am not saying they should get paid like employees, they shouldn’t be getting rich as Michael Wilbon writes about here, they are still STUDENT-athletes, amatures and should remain as such. But in some ways they are more like employees than other students. They have overwhelming schedules to adhere to, and go to class. In most cases they aren’t even allowed to have part time jobs. Dang, when would they have the time? So wha’t wrong with giving them a stipend? A little monthly allowance? Mainly because the can of worms would be opened. Who gets the stipend? For how much? Does the 2nd team Lacrosse player who is also on schloraship get a payout as well? His sport, and hence his own athletic merits didn’t produce any revenue for his school. But he is under the same rigors of competition on the field as well in the classroom. Has mostly the same obstacles in his day to day routine. Whew, all this jumping back and forth over the fence as me exhausted. I don’t have the answers, shoot I am not even sure I remember the question.
(as always, agree, disagree, just comment!)