I am not against paying players for their time during practice and games. Obviously, paying players needs to be a highly controlled aspect of collegiate sports if it is going to happen. I do not believe that paying the players would eliminate the amateurism or further corrupt the world of sports if it is controlled adequately.
What I would absolutely love to see happen is every single athlete, in every single sport, at every single school, get paid the exact same amount. I honestly don’t know how many athletes there are, and there may be a good chance that there simply isn’t enough money to go around; or at least not enough to make much of a difference for the athletes. A good way to deal with this issue could be for the NCAA to pay only the players involved in the sports that generate large amounts of income, such as football, basketball, etc. I would like to see the NCAA have ownership of the fund used to pay the athletes. The NCAA should deposit money into the fund, since they are making money from off of the athletes; as well as the schools pay a tax for each of their players receiving money.
The idea behind this is to keep a level playing ground. I don’t want to see Southern Cal, Alabama, or even Ohio State gaining an even stronger advantage on the recruiting front due to the fact that they can afford to pay a football player more money than say, Eastern Carolina or New Mexico State could pay their players.
I understand that the NCAA, Universities, and even coaches are making a ton of money off of the on-field performances of student athletes in some sports. It’s also been a well-supported fact that the average student athlete is living at sub poverty levels due to the amount of time and effort dedicated to their prospective sport. I believe if paying players is going to be a part of college athletics, the NCAA should not allow it to be the reason for big time programs to receive an even larger advantage over smaller programs.