Originally Posted by New York Red
I read where Manziel reportedly made $3 million for the A&M athletics department in 2012 alone so I understand, and somewhat agree with, your point. Wouldn't it create some animosity among teammates if certain glamour players are getting paid X amount of money, while kids doing the dirty work in the trenches are getting Y amount? I'm not talking about the difference between a star QB and a backup lineman. I'm talking similarly talented players at different positions in different sports. What is the cut-off point and how is a struggling athletics department going to pay a comparable amount to a high-dollar athletics department like at Texas or Alabama?
Then consider the recruiting aspect of it. Are you telling me this isn't going to open up an entirely new avenue in which recruits can get payments in exchange for their commitment to whatever school coughs up the most coin? IMO this rule would create an even wider gap between the haves and the have nots, particularly in the big money world of college football. I'm not naive enough to think it isn't already dirty, but to me it seems like this idea creates as many questions as answers.
My issue with college athletics is that is wants its money and it still wants to maintain the myth of amateurism. They need to either be about education or a minor league. They can't be both. You pointed out how can colleges deal with "paying" the stars and the rest of the players. I would argue that the stars shouldn't be going through the NCAA system at all. The NFL and NBA should have appropriate minor leagues or academy systems to train the best athletes in their sports. Why should the minor leagues be attached to our university system? It makes no sense.
Baseball and Hockey do it perfectly. You can either go to the minors or go to college. So, if you want the education, you can get it. If you want to go straight into the professional ranks, you can. The College Football/NFL relationship is a cartel. So is the College Hoops/NBA relationship.