Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor
This is chump change to the NFL.
The bigger, more serious issue, is the inevitable lawsuit directed against colleges and high schools. Most of them don't have the pockets the NFL does, and liability findings could prompt a sea change in how the sport is played at the amateur levels (if it's played at all).
As much as I love football, that's actually probably a good thing.
That said, I would think the legal standard for someone engaging in a voluntary activity as a student would be considerably different than the standard for an "employee." Probably another reason the NCAA should avoid direct monetary compensation to their athletes.