Re: Paying College Athletes
Personally, I think you undervalue how much NCAA programs make on basketball and football.
Sure, a scholarship can be a good deal, but, really, is it that good a deal when we're talking billions?
It's similar, IMO, to the MLB, in that the salaries are out of whack because the money is out of whack. Does Albert Pujols deserve $20 million a year? Of course not. But if the Cardinals make $500 million, he should make at least that much.
Now, I'm sure you're saying that would destroy amateur athletics. My reponse is that it's professional in all but name only right now. So blow it up. Blow it up real good.
Paying those players a salary for their work, especially considering the amount of money they bring in to the school, is only right. Sure, it would make amateur athletics a thing of the past. (It already is.) Sure, it would be a nightmare to check.
But it's the right thing to do.
And you should always try to do the right thing, no matter the cost.
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