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College Football: The New Business Model

Hoody Wayes's picture
August 26, 2014 at 4:54pm

To date, the college football business model has effectively paid its players with tuition and other incentives. As the new business model takes shape, the lords of the gridiron face a blizzard of questions.

How will teams continue to represent their schools? It seems to me, this question implies the review of local, state and federal government (Particularly, the Department of Education - re: Title IX, Financial Aid, labor law, local laws, etc.). Wouldn’t the schools be owners of de facto professional sports franchises? Would the schools continue to incentivize higher education, presenting it as a legitimizer of the players’ representation of their institutions? Would schools permit players to earn degrees or “pursue an education” (i.e. audit classes) and monetize these at different values? Would schools pay players a percentage in education value, matched by an equal amount in dollars, for their athletic participation?

Any other questions?

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Toilrt Paper's picture

They better be careful for what they go after. The government will start taxing everything other than their scholarships.

schlichtersbookie's picture

I don't agree with the payment of players by any means but I don't understand why the NCAA is dragging their feet with this issue. Still can not believe that it took til the year 2014 for them to start giving athletes a 4-year scholarship guarantee. Another thing that can be done would be to give parents transportation and lodging for gameday weekends. This cost would be fractions of a percent on the amount of money that is generated. I want to know how a low income family is going to be able to afford the travel expenses to see their child play in this four team playoff if they end up playing in the semi-final and final game. 

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