Originally Posted by IslandRed
I agree with that. A great deal of it is, indeed, collegial -- that solid core of fans and alumni that care because it's their school that's playing, a different dynamic than how fans root for NFL teams. Their school. Take the college out of college football and you're just left with minor-league football.
I think the pure amateur thing is negotiable -- most people I know would not begrudge the players getting some money in addition to a scholarship. Having the players not be students at all is kind of a deal-breaker for me. They're not part of my school, they're just a semi-pro team two states away renting out the stadium, why would I give a rip what they do?
Of course, compared to what I owe in student loans versus what these guys get in a free education, regardless of whether they take advantage of it, I'd say they're already compensated quite nicely. Costs of tuition, room and board for the 4-5 years the student-athlete goes to school can easily exceed $100,000. That's why I say, if you want paid, no free school. If you want free school, no pay.