(The subject "piques" your interest.)
I don't particularly care about the NCAA itself, but student athletes (particularly ones in revenue sports!) are the most privileged 18-22-year-olds this side of trust funds. The NCAA "allows" student-athletes to receive:
tens of thousands of dollars in tuition each year
free housing; if the student wishes, he can move off campus and gets a check instead. (As Peppers demonstrated, those checks don't always go to rent.
free medical care
free tutoring, academic counseling and priority registration
free travel home and back (here's what you do: book the most expensive plane ticket on the school's dime. Then change the ticket and pocket the difference.)
free stipend for incidentals. Yes, football players get a lot more than the synchronized swimmers who get the stipends.
As Forbes points out, the value exceeds $2 million. Where can a kid that young get as good a deal?
You know what? Maybe we should just take away all of the current remuneration and treat the young people like employees. They'll be like minor league baseball players. No scholarship. No room. No board.
And they'll make $1100 a month...and only during the season! I'll bet the NCAA would take that deal.