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Old 02-24-2014, 07:55 PM
 
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Nope...they should live like most other college students live. If they don't want to play college ball they don't have to.
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Old 02-25-2014, 09:10 PM
 
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I don't think they need a salary, maybe not even an allowance, but if a college athlete has to go home (cross country) for a funeral, sick parent or sibling, the school should be allowed to pay his/her traveling expenses.
I wouldn't disagree with this.
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Old 03-03-2014, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, California
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I actually wrote a paper on this for my Journalism class. When you think about it. When the athletics are doing well, the school benefits. When U of Florida won both basketball and football titles, the school built( and updated) many buildings. Gee wonder where that money came from? the influx of kids trying to get into UF to be apart of the experience of winning and their parents strapped with tuition money. There was such a rise in the # of applications the school had to raise GPA and ACT/SAT requirements just to keep things under control. Called the Flutie Effect. Same thing happened to Florida Gulf Coast last year.
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Old 03-04-2014, 06:45 PM
 
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I actually wrote a paper on this for my Journalism class. When you think about it. When the athletics are doing well, the school benefits. When U of Florida won both basketball and football titles, the school built( and updated) many buildings. Gee wonder where that money came from? the influx of kids trying to get into UF to be apart of the experience of winning and their parents strapped with tuition money. There was such a rise in the # of applications the school had to raise GPA and ACT/SAT requirements just to keep things under control. Called the Flutie Effect. Same thing happened to Florida Gulf Coast last year.
And yet the athletic departments don't pay their way. All you have to do is look at the schools who are actually making a profit and which ones have to rely on subsidies from the university. You don't have to go very far down the list to find name schools where athletics is a losing proposition.

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And that's exactly my point. For every big-time program that makes lots of money, there are plenty more that are either break-even or losing propositions.
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Old 03-05-2014, 08:57 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Not a fan of paying players as they get room, board, tuition, books, tutors free already.

Now curbing the NCAA and many of their silly rules...YES!
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Old 03-06-2014, 04:47 AM
 
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The belief that the athletes get anything "free" is absurd.

Yes, you can pay the players. If you can figure out how not to pay 'em, you can figure out how to pay 'em. All these smart folks on these college campuses and college boards, and you mean to tell me that no one can devise a plan to compensate college athletes? (they figured out how to pay everyone else associated with college athletics) Well, that would make anyone question the validity of our institutions of higher learning.

Another myth is that some how Title XI would prevent athletes from being paid. It doesn't.
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Old 03-06-2014, 09:59 AM
 
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The belief that the athletes get anything "free" is absurd.

Yes, you can pay the players. If you can figure out how not to pay 'em, you can figure out how to pay 'em. All these smart folks on these college campuses and college boards, and you mean to tell me that no one can devise a plan to compensate college athletes? (they figured out how to pay everyone else associated with college athletics) Well, that would make anyone question the validity of our institutions of higher learning.

Another myth is that some how Title XI would prevent athletes from being paid. It doesn't.
Point taken. But you also don't seem to take into account how suddenly adding roughly 200-250 athletes to an athletic department's payroll would break most institutions. Even if you paid them a token $10,000 stipend, that's over two million added to the department's expenses. That doesn't even take into account other issues that almost immediately pop up such as workman's comp, etc. For once the door is open, anybody with an imagination can see how universities will start sweetening the pot for some five-star quarterback in terms of extra incentives. It will spiral out of control very quickly.

Sure, a university such as Texas or Alabama could afford that. But given that most athletic departments are a fiscal drain on their respective universities as it is, it creates an entirely new set of problems.

What's more, you kind of sloughed those concerns off with a "they figured out how to pay everyone else associated with college athletics" statement. But remember that colleges and universities are now coming under very serious scrutiny and are having to get their financial houses in order. In the era of cheap student loans, parents did not pay much attention to how much in subsidies schools were throwing at their athletic departments, essentially paid for by tuition checks and activities fees.

Now that we're seeing a more consumer-minded parent, those days are gone. I will have two kids in college next year, both of whom had good GPAs and standardized test scores way above average. And if my wife and I are sacrificing to send them to college without financial support from the institution, I'm not really keen on that same university stroking a check to an academically-challenged athlete just because he can catch a football. Sorry.
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Old 03-06-2014, 11:59 AM
 
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Well, maybe your kids should have been good at something that granted them the opportunity to get paid by their universities.

Oh, and fear mongering about the process possibility spiraling out of control isn't a worthy reason not to pay the players.
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Old 03-06-2014, 12:05 PM
 
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With all the money that is in college sports, they should at least get a stipend...

It should range from $500 to $15,000, depending on the size of the sports team.
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Old 03-08-2014, 05:48 AM
 
Location: Mississippi
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They are paid. They have a college education handed to them on a silver platter. Many of the top tier athletes receive an education from some of the most prestigious schools in the country. The Average Joe has to pay thousands to get that same education. Just because it is not cash does not mean they are not being paid to play. Go to classes get your education, and once an all to short athletic career is over, try to claim that you were not paid when you still have that education.
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