Originally Posted by tighr
This seems to either be a contradiction or you meant "shouldn't get paid".
I've been to several college football games, and its unreal how big and expensive some of these stadiums can be. Some stadiums in the SEC are better than most NFL stadiums, and have larger capacities, too. The episode seemed to focus on the schools and EA Sports, but they're not the only ones making money off of these students: football bowl games make TONS of money, even taking money from the school for the privilege of appearing (UCONN took a loss to appear in the Fiesta Bowl), and the networks make tons of money off advertising for the games.
I don't have a better solution, but I don't think paying the players is it. I hate that if I want to go see a football game, it costs me $100, and even though I live in California I skipped out on the BCS NCG last year when my team 'Bama was playing in Pasadena because 1 ticket was $800.
correct. I blame my tablet for missing the n't on shouldn't. Ed O'Bannon has a case. He turned pro 17 years ago and EA sports had his likeness in its March Madness games ever since when you play as the UCLA '95 team.
So many athletic departments are running in the red and some people want them to go deeper in the red and pay football and basketball players because they make money for the school? Good luck getting that past Title IV. What about funding for the band, Olympic events, and soon cheerleading that do not make the university any money? Dont forget, when public universities go in the red, that is your tax dollars filling the void.
Equating it to slavery dulls the argument further. Don't want to play basketball in college? Fine. Go to Europe. Get paid well and develop, but you wont be "the man" there or get special treatment because you will be just another player there; and that just doesn't work for some players. Go play for the UFL or CFL if it floats your boat. Just dont cry to me with your free room, board, personal tutor, priority registration and flex on exam and midterm dates from your teachers.