This is the very thing I’ve feared. Perhaps we will soon accept & it will just be part of college athletics, but we know very well there will not be an even distribution among programs & there will not be an even distribution among sports. Oh well. That’s where we’re headed.
The rich will get richer period. Take southern cal, or Texas a and m, or Bama, LSU etc. schools in big metropolitan areas, or schools w lots of big money backers that will do anything to win, coach or representative says we have these sponsors lined up for you. Or we’ve lined up a car dealership sponsorship. You’ll be driving this jag, or this truck etc. you’ll be on tv commercials, free steaks for this restaurant. Why come to Oregon and we’ve got Nike.
Marcus Elliot on drive time endorsed this whole heartedly. Says it goes on now anyway so why not. If this thing is not stopped or the ncaa puts limits on it, whatever goes on now pales in comparison to what’s going to happen if this passes.
Ncaa might have to say, abide by our guidelines whatever they may be, or you are out of ncaa. Then we might see the power 5 schools leave the ncaa
California, well is anyone surprised this legislation came from them. Idiots
Depends of you still consider these young adults as student athletes or call them University employees. Amature athletics are going the way of the Dodo. But this is Arkansas. We won’t commit to compensating players like a lot of states are alfeady doing. By the time we do, it will be about ten years after everyone else has.
Even as recently as the 60’s, the education value of a football scholarship was worth much more than the prospect of becoming an NFL player. In those days a good student who was also a great football player could make as much or more by becoming a doctor, lawyer, engineer, etc as playing in the NFL. That seems to have changed when the AFL & NFL started bidding against each other. Joe Namath signed for the NY Jets for the unheard of sum of $400,000, as I recall. Of course, that was Joe Namath a phenomenal QB. $400,000 in the 1965 is the equivalent of about $3.2M today. How does that compare to a first or second round QB draft pick today?
Personally, I’d like the NCAA to stand pat, give the players some reasonable compensation, and let the NFL draft kids straight out of high school if they’d rather play for money. Let the NFL form some sort of rookie league, but forbid itself from drafting any player who signed with a college until he’d been 3 years out of HS–the way baseball does it. (Yeah, I know. Might as well wish for unicorns & fairies if I’m expecting that to happen.)
Maybe we’ll all get accustomed to the changes & be quite happy with them, but I kinda doubt it.
Start with this fix: players choosing to take endorsement money then forgo their scholarship, (but still count toward their team’s scholarship limit). Players and their families can decide if the endorsement money is worth the risk of forgoing a full scholarship.
Exactly what I saidafew days ago. “If you sign with us, we will guarantee you an endorsement deal with one of our boosters of at least (blank) dollars.’ Even third or fourth teasers for the big school will be getting big bucks. We will have to find the boosters to play the game or drop out
Let me add to my note: I realize the old SWC and others were quite corrupt and money did in fact change hands often. But the money was under the table and some schools actually were clean. Soon it will be an open market.