Originally Posted by dougdirt
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.
The kids are bringing in millions of dollars? I have a major disagreement with the notion that one individual is bring in millions of dollars. Heck I dispute that one team is bringing in themselves millions of dollars. Just for reference sakes Texas A&M averaged 87000 per people in 2011, a year before Johnny Manziel came along. The same Texas A&M who went 7-6 in a lackluster season. Texas A&M's stadium capacity list at 83,000 so its sufice to say that they sold out every football game in a poor season and the heroics of Johnny Manziel really brought nothing in terms of ticket sales.
At Ohio State Braxton Miller has nothing to do with the stadium selling out. It has more to do with the alumni base, prior coaches and players. In 2011 Joe Bauserman played in front of sell out crowds at Ohio State. Urban Meyer has more of a say so in the continued ticket sales than does Braxton Miller. Ticket sales are solidified in the past not what one great player or one great team does.
Keeping that in mind lets pay players. Lets pay Braxton Miller but we understand that he doesn't impact ticket sales. But if we pay him he has to pay his tuition, he has to pay for the usage of the football facilities or he must use what the general students use. Can you imagine Braxton Miller waiting around to use the bench press? But now he has to pay for his flights, has to pay for his lodging and food, and then transportation to and from the games. Now I want to buy a #5 OSU jersey. Does Braxton get all the proceeds from it or does the guy on defense get credit for it? What if I want a #2 OSU jersey, does the current player get credit for it or does Terelle Pryor, Malcolm Jenkins, Mike Doss, or Cris Carter? If I bought a #2 jersey in 2010 did Pryor get the money or Christian Bryant get the money?