~~The real problem is that NCAA rules prohibit athletes from making any money on their own, via a job, unless during the specified time of year which the NCAA allows. They can get a job during the summer only, but can only make a limited amount of money. Ohio State's receiver Devier Posey was suspended 5 games for getting paid too much money for his summer job. These 5 games were in addition to the original 5 games he was suspended for selling his personal property for tattoos. How much was he overpaid? $ 2.37 total. So not only can they limit the so called "student athlete" to when and how much they can work, but they also can limit the amount of money that "student athlete" can earn. And if they don't like it they can strip a portion of your eligibility away and further damage your positioning in the NFL draft. The difference between him going in the first round where he was projected before this, and in the second round where he finally went, meant millions of dollars. Nowhere else in our society is this practiced or acceptable. No other student on scholarship for academics is restricted in this manner. And before anyone argues they are getting an opportunity at a free education most of us would be appreciative of, none of us are bringing in BILLIONS OF DOLLARS to the NCAA. The president of the NCAA makes somewhere north of $ 900K. The guy who sits on as chairperson for the Fiesta Bowl was getting paid over $ 600K plus perks equaling another$ 250K. That is to put on 1 football game per year. The head coaches are making $ 2 - $ 5 million per year in the top conferences. But yet a student athlete cannot get a couple of dollars to eat out, or buy some basic needs such as clothing. It is so nice of the people that are against it the most, are the ones who benefit the most off of the sacrifices of these “student athletes”. NCAA sports is a business. Period. It is time the employees are given something for their labor
The fact is very simple, NCAA sports is a business. The NCAA just signed two t.v. deals for the football playoff ($ 10 + billion) and the NCAA Basketball Tourney ($ 14 billion). To say the athletes that supplies the labor for these revenue streams should not be able to be provided with some form of monetary stipend above their tuition, is archaic and pure greed.
And let’s not forget who invented the term “student athlete”. It was the NCAA. And why did they invent this term? Read this article. http://johnclay.bloginky.com/.../why-the-ncaa-uses-the.../ It was the Colorado Supreme Court who ruled on the status to protect the financial gains of one of their state’s flagship universities. The monarch of the NCAA has had 6 decades to fill their pockets, without sharing with the labor which provides these riches.
The bottom line, congress will have to step in and set this all up. It is a very complicated mess with Title IX, IRS tax implications, etc to tip toe through this minefield. I just hope it does not destroy college sports. It will change from the current model, to what, I don’t think anyone can answer this just yet.
Those are the logistics that need to be worked out. Ohio State I think has the largest athletic department in the NCAA. They have 400 athletes on scholarship. They have a little over 1100 total athletes. So do you pay only the ones on scholarship? Because you do have to pay the girls gymnast that is on scholarship. That is the Title IX, that they cannot get around. So it is more than just football and basketball that needs to be accounted for. So $ 2,000 x 400 = $ 800,000. That seems like a bit low. Especially when you think the coaches are getting $ 4 million per yr. I know Ohio State, Michigan, and the rest of the big boys can afford to peel off about $ 2 million for their budget. But can the little sisters of the poor, afford to stay in business? I do not agree with the no pay for training camp. The labor board already addressed that, as well as, the travel time for some away games. Leaving on Friday afternoon and returning sometimes early Sunday. Just because the NCAA says it is only a 4 hour event, that labor board determined that they average well over the 20 hrs. per week that the NCAA defined as "20 hrs". When you factor in the education, room and board, etc., along with a monetary stipend, I would think somewhere between $ 4k and $ 5K would be sufficient. But we shall see