I know this is the new reality, but I don’t really like it…it’s not that I begrudge the kids for getting paid for their likeness…but I do hate the “best players go to the highest bidder” aspect of it.
I don’t like it, either, even though I want the players to enjoy the fruits of their labor. It’s a paradox I’m not sure how to resolve in my own mind.
I’m trying to get used to the idea that there is just no amateur football anymore–well, maybe at the high school lever (maybe)–but certainly not at the D1 college level. It’s just a question of how the schools deal with their pro teams. Will there be some sort of “salary cap”?
I’m thinking that in 2-3 years SEC players will be making anywhere from $100k to $1-2M. Probably closer to the high end. Top recruits will be getting 7 figures to sign.
I think that will depend on what position and what team they play for. And that presents intra-team issues aside from just what school to go to.
I hope it will sort itself out over the next 2-3 years, but I’m not sure that will be the case.
Here’s what I think (so Jeff and Clay–don’t read please): I think all NIL money should go into a team’s chest/fund, to be distributed equally to each player at the end of the season. Can you believe that an OL making only $5,000/month won’t “sometimes” release his block a little prematurely so that his 7-figure QB gets clobbered? What’s his incentive?
But, a team fund would be a tremendous incentive.
You could leave the funds to support each sport, football, ice hockey, skating, chess, gymnastics, baseball, etc, or you could have a school fund that is distributed to all participants regardless of sport.
The game has changed, just as surely as when the Wishbone and the Veer were replaced by HUNH and the spread. And just like that change, you adapt or die.
I don’t doubt that some people are going to decide that spending $1M for a five star QB is overspending. But will those be replaced by someone else with a large bank balance and screwed up priorities?
Fred, the problem with your idea is that the money isn’t being distributed by the school. Its coming directly from the business or booster. So how is the school going to collect it and split it evenly?
It’s just a concept that the NCAA (ha!) would have to require. I asked you not to read this post.
I don’t know that the NCAA could require that if it wanted to. I think the schools might be able to arrange pooled distributions for team members or participants and sponsors could arrange to give equal amounts to players who contract with them, but the NIL’s belong to the individuals & not the schools.
I could see this playing out any number of ways. However, I could hear the howls about “socialism” if the NCAA mandated that all NIL money be equally distributed to all the athletes or to a category of athletes. I think Congress could probably mandate such a thing—or allow such a thing, but would it?
College athletes are not dumb. They know that Patrick Mahomes is making megamillions at quarterback and the guys who block for him aren’t. So I don’t think it’s going to be a huge issue that the QB makes bigger NIL money than anyone else.
Chip, it would take an antitrust exemption for NIL money to be leveled. But if there had been an antitrust exemption, NIL would never have happened in the first place, because the old system would be legal.
I would also expect so called sponsors to be brutal if the player did something that damaged the sponsors brand . In other words, the knife can cut both ways. As Patterson says there is no wrong now. I think those that sponsor the whole teams or groups of players seem to enjoy more favorable image now but $ talks at the end. I can see some minor sports also having hard feeling then the bigger sports get most of the focus.
Interesting times we live in.
That’s why I said Congress could allow such a thing. However, I do not think it would.
Yeah, I suspect players will put up with some discrepancies in who gets what in an NIL It nonetheless creates a potential source of friction
His 7 figure QB is going to “incentivize” the OL player to hold his block. By “incentivize”, I mean share his wealth just like QBs in the pros do for their OL.
Isn’t the incentive for the lowly paid college football offensive lineman a higher rating from Pro Football Focus or other analysts that will result in a higher draft rating and more money in the League? Who makes money on Sundays by giving up sacks on Saturdays for whatever reason?
I miss what little amateurism existed in College Athletics. Yes, playing to go to school and get an education with a chance at playing pro ball being the icing on the cake. Yes things will never be the same. But I do enjoy College Sports much more than I do Pro Sports. In the Pro Game, you can tell the players that are just there for the money and don’t really care if their team wins or not. I also don’t like the pampered Prima Donnas who think their bigger than their team or the game. I just hope some small level of playing for the love of the game survives in College.
Gary Patterson thought he had the formula to leading TCU to success. He knows the formula has changed. The transfer portal and NIL changed all of that. He will lose players. It did not help TCU that Texas and Oklahoma left to join the SEC.
I think that’s the long & short of it. Just completely new & different rules. It’s no longer about recruiting a high school player with lots of upside who can develop into an all conference player by his junior or senior year. I suspect the transfer portal is going to put the upper tier schools in the position of letting the lower tiers take & develop those then take the ones who’ve developed in the transfer. I’m sure there will still be a lot of effort to recruit the hot shot HS players, especially the skill players, but with money and transferring, the coach who knows how to exploit the new system best will be the one who succeeds.
I think we’ve got that in Musselman. I hope Sam has this down, too. He sure seems to know what to do so far. We got some awfully good transfers last year.
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