No accredited school or university should pay any additional amount of money to any football player in a college uniform. Period.
College football players have decided to create unions (LINK) in order to get more money for themselves on top of a fully paid college scholarship, free housing, food, books and all of the other intangible superlatives that come with being a football player. They are claiming they are employees of the school and they should be compensated as such. Well, guess what? You don’t have to play. If you don’t want to be a student-athlete, then don’t. There. It’s that simple. You’re not being forced to play college football. It’s a privilege, not a right. Colleges should not pay one additional dime to the players. Next thing you know high schools are paying their high school players money, because guess what…. high school football also brings in revenue for schools.
No one player is bigger than the school or the University’s tradition. You’re going to be gone in a few years regardless of what happens and someone else will step right in and take your place. Once in a while a player will come along and give a University a boost nationally like an RG III for Baylor or Johnny Manziel with Texas A&M, but for the most part and actually more so with the big time conference schools, AJ McCarrons do kind of grow on trees.
Now on the flip side of this, I fully support the Ed O’Bannon lawsuit (LINK) stating in a nutshell that college players should make money off of their own likeness because that’s basically business 101. Also, if Johnny Booster wants to buy a 19 year old freshman a nice dinner for him and his friends, they should be able to. You want to be an idiot and swap your Big Ten Championship rings in exchange for a tattoo (LINK), go ahead! Albeit that is insanely dumb to do, but at the same time, who cares and who does this hurt? As long as the school itself is not paying anything to the players outside of their scholarship money and stipend, then by all means!
This would also ensure a more capitalistic approach to the situation. If colleges start paying college players, then what happens when “guy that has never seen the field” is making as much as the star quarterback? It’s basically like an intern getting paid the same as a VP. So, how’s that going to play out? If you leave the “payment” to the “outside” and let all of that shady stuff be legal, then the bigger players will definitely end up with the bigger paydays via the boosters.
It’s very easy (washing hands now).
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Anthony Fanelli is an actor, writer, producer and comedian whose credits include NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS), How Superman Defeated the KKK (Discovery), My Haunted House (A&E), Black Water Vampire (feature film), Kidney & Apple (feature film), Spare Change (feature film), Day of the Mummu (feature film), Little Knockers (funny or die exclusive), The Next Steps (funny or die), United Airlines, Chase Bank, Philips Norelco, Huffington Post/AOL, among much more. He has written and/or starred in over 150 live comedy shows (one-man shows, news parodies, improv, sketch). For more information, please visit his links: Professional Site, Funny or Die Page, IMDB, YouTube.