Originally Posted by RiverRat13
You don't have to pay the players... just stop prohibiting them from making money from outside ventures. They should be able to do card signings, endorsements, etc.
How. Sure if they want to do an event where they charge $10 for an autograph then I don't have an issue with it. They can sign their name for hours. But what happens when some booster comes in and gives them $10K for an autograph? What happens when some booster decides that he wants to buy a game used jersey for $10K.
What happens when Johnny Manziel says I didn't sign enough autographs last week I don't think I am going to play this week? What happens when an OSU booster says I will guarantee you $20K for doing these 3 autograph sessions? Its a slippery slope that would end badly.
Here is what I would do and don't have an issue with. I believe a video game started everything. If they use the likeliness of a certain player then you put a certain amount of the proceeds into a trust that the players are able to access when their eligibility expires. I would look at doing something similar with jersey's but its a little murkier.