Originally Posted by RedFanAlways1966
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.
Unfortunately, fighting the NFL or NBA isn't in your best interest.
Again, simply because so many would love to have their education be free doesn't mean a thing to me. These kids are employees for a company whether the company or you want to admit it or not. And they are bringing in millions and millions of dollars every single year for chump change. If you and 11 of your employees at your job were bringing in tens of millions of dollars a year for your company, would you settle for the kind of money these kids get in benefits? Of course you wouldn't. While all of the kids playing college basketball and football aren't bringing in that kind of money, some of them are. And they should be fairly compensated for it. Right now, the kids at big time programs aren't getting anything remotely close to what they are worth to their schools.