Originally Posted by Yachtzee
Last I looked, students weren't considered employees. Actually, if push came to shove, I suppose you could consider college football and basketball a form of unpaid internship, allowing athletes to gain experience before starting their pro careers.
Students that make the school millions of dollars should be considered employees. The law, as we saw recently with the whole Black Swan lawsuit, is very specific of what an unpaid, or even paid intern is and isn't. Athletes don't qualify as such.
Maybe the field hockey team shouldn't be considered an employee. They aren't bringing the school any money. But the basketball team? The football team? Another team where people show up in large enough numbers to make money? Yeah, they should considered employees.
Let's think about it this way. In what way is it fair and reasonable that the field hockey or lacrosse team gets the same benefits from the school that the football team does that creates profit of $50M?
At the end of the day, I simply can't grasp the rationality of anyone who thinks the field hockey team player and the football player at Ohio State are worth the same and should be compensated in the same manner.