My reaction to the above:
How about this idea for those so concerned about the well-being of their “brothers” in the locker room…why don’t they all voluntarily set up a fund where 5-10% of the salary/bonuses earned by those who DO make it to the NFL is pooled together and then shared with their former-teammates who don’t make it to pro ball?
Yeah…that’ll fly about as far as a lead balloon…
Funny how everybody is for revenue sharing when it’s not their revenue. And this 50% - where does that come from? Can’t these guys look and see that if colleges (most of them) are already struggling to make their athletics budget balance as things are, sucking 50% of it out will, essentially, kill ALL college athletics? And then there will be no anything…not even scholarships.
I get that some of their grievances have some merit. But just a few years ago, colleges started paying this “full cost of attendance” stipend so that these athletes, in addition to getting a full-ride (and all the benefits of being an athlete, such as an open ticket on top-notch food and nutrition), but can afford to buy some clothes, go to the movies, etc. Something academic scholarships don’t have.
And, we are on the cusp of getting some kind of settlement in the use of player’s likeness on video games, jerseys, etc. that will give them even more.
The proposition is what it is. Players can always decline the “deal”, if they wish. But for the 95+% of them that will never play pro ball, 4-5 years of free school, with most of their related bills covered and free room and board…that’s NOT a bad deal. It’s hard work and it is very demanding. But they are free to decline if they wish to. I personally don’t think any less of someone who does decline - I’m not in their shoes. But if they choose to accept, then - like anyone who makes a deal - I expect they should honor the deal they agreed to.