Originally Posted by dougdirt
The NFL and NBA are forcing them to do it. Want to play there? You almost HAVE to attend college.
I agree, doug. So why not O'Bannon v. NBA -OR- O'Bannon v. NFL? You are receiving something for playing in college (an education). It is not the fault of colleges that TV networks, fans and others pay $$$$ to them for these games. I also do not think the colleges owe anything other than an education to these players. That is what THE PLAYERS AND THEIR PARENTS AGREE TO when they sign with a college. Free education for playing a sport there. No one is duped. Feel ripped off, then play at Tiffin College rather than OSU. If you are that good, the pros will know (see Robert Parrish or Dennis Rodman). Feel like you should be paid period, then do not go and fight the NBA and/or NFL.
I am sure my folks would have been very happy to avoid paying for three kids to get a college degree if those kids were good enough to get a sports scholarship. Luckily for them their kids are not of college age today when those college fees have gone through the roof. That college education is worth something. And sure the athletes spend a lot of their time working on their sport, but that degree and education are still attainable if they go for it like a dunk on the court or 1st-down on the field.