Originally Posted by LoganBuck
Title IX comes into play here. You have to pay the womens synchronized swimming team members the same amount the football team members get. That is why I vote no. The amount of money on the whole would be huge, the benefit to the individual athlete would be small. Probably below "pocket money" for the semester/quarter.
In essence college athletes are paid. Not only are they given a free education in tuition but also with room and board and books and the absence of any kind of loans.
Also what is the value of a four year bachlor's degree over a lifetime? What is the value of being able to perform on a football stage for 4 years? What is the value of an opportunity at education? Lets be honest here there are a lot of athletes who would not qualify to attend the university without their athletic skills.
Don't get me wrong big time college athletes bring a lot into the university, but lets not forget that if they take advantage of what the university is offering they stand to benefit greatly.