Originally Posted by Scrap Irony
Let's not. The NCAA takes advantage of its athletes. Ridiculously so, in fact.
Do you think Tim Tebow feels he's being taken advantage of?
If the NCAA loses it'll be a mess. How will they decide who gets what? Does Tim Tebow get a million and Miami's (OH) QB gets nothing? What does the female athlete get?
Once you blow up the whole amateur status then we're back to the days where boosters can pay athletes huge sums. For instance Jeff Wyler can pay UC athletes to "work" on his car lot. Then athletes aren't picking between schools, they're picking between off campus job offers. How does Wyler's offer compare to Ford's offer to play for Michigan?
I think the NCAA wins because their position is very clear. All our athletes are amateurs and we treat them all the same. This is a consistent policy. This means that everything goes into the same pot. The few stars finance the benefits for many, many athletes and in some cases they finance projects that benefit the entire University.
If Tim Tebow wants to make money off his name he can do it but he has to give up being QB for the Gators. He can't have both. The choice is his. He has no "right" to play for a college.