Will allowing them to profit off of the merchandising cause them to lose their amateur status?
Depends on what the definition of amateur status is. To me, earning the money and receiving the money can be differentiated. It preserves the amateur status because the money is received after they are no longer amateurs.
Also, do you think that if the unions get involved, that they will stop at just those things you listed? I dont think so.
I agree, that's why I think it's important to make the changes now. Once all the privatized schools go to unions, it's only a matter of time before the publics schools do. So the onus is on the NCAA and universities to break off a better deal now, rather than wait for unions to take over.....although it might just be too late.
The union leadership and their attorneys will wring every last nickel they can out of the players and the schools.
Yeah probably. But this is a very interesting dynamic. The universities have a much better argument for allocation of funds than say an NFL team owner. We're talking about public education vs. private bank accounts. If the students and their lawyers want to get greedy they will have to take money away from their fellow students. Will the courts allow public schools to unionize sports? We may not even get there.
College athletics will change forever.
The only constant in life is change, my friend.