DJ - you got me curious. I looked into the Student-Athlete pay issue a bit - the guys from Northwestern propose that players get paid, but that it is kept in an account until they leave school. I heard this and it sounded familiar... This is the model used at US Military Academies.
How much pay does a cadet receive?
A first-year cadet earns more than $900 a month, and the amount increases each year.. A portion of that cadet pay is deposited into a personal checking account. Another portion of cadet pay is deposited to a "Cadet Account" that is used to help a cadet pay for expenses such as uniforms, books, a computer, activity fees, etc. Each cadet pays a standard amount for laundry, dry cleaning, haircuts, tailoring services and shoe repair. A cadet's gross salary is subject to federal and state withholding taxes and Social Security deductions.
Hmm. Are student athletes worth so much less than aspiring military officers?
Also, if student athletes get paid they become employees and are subject to workman's compensation. You know, just in case they get hurt in the performance of their job.
Should they get paid? IMHO - Hell yes.