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ATown, I think we will see the NCAA amending the rules before long to allow some stipend to the players. But there are problems doing so.

First, every university uses profits from football and basketball to subsidize the other sports that don't make money. Title IX increases the imperative for doing so.

Second, the NCAA is adamant about maintaining the fiction of a supposedly level playing field in the recruiting of athletes. It would never allow any university to offer more of a stipend than another offers. And there simply are too many universities unable financially to pay meaningful stipends to all of it's student athletes.

Simply saying "that shit don't make no sense" is fine, until you actually think about it a bit.

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Nic--Think about that for a minute. BYU, small D-1 school compared to many made a profit of 5 million dollars from football alone in 2010. A profit. So your argument that the schools have to pay for coaches, trainers and administrators has already been taken care of. That profit came on the backs of those said athletes. How much money do you think Auburn made off of jersey sales from last year with Newton's name on the back? Did Cam see any of that? Hell no, the idea that a school has the right to make money off of their name, yet only has to pay a small price in a years worth of schooling is a little one sided. Best example of how a school capitalized and profited was Michigan and the Fab Five. The numbers are unbelievable. The system needs to change. Maybe the NCAA should make a rule that schools can't profit from the players name. Donate all proceeds from the players name to charity. Bet you would see a major change in how things are done.

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I will make the same argument against playing college athletes I do when discussing owner vs players in pro sports disputes. To wit:

Players play for 1-4 years in college and the average in the pros is what, like 3-5 years? The pros make millions in that time, retire and assuming they take care of their finances (most do not) are set for life. College athletes either go pro and earn millions or have the opportunity to earn a degree for free (most do not).

The universities and the pro owners have to replace said athletes each and every year, pay coaches, trainers administrators...pay for facilities including training centers and new stadiums so people will continue to come back every year and are responsible for the health and well being of all of them.

In other words, the owners and universities are in it for the long haul while the athletes can cash in and be done in a few years. If a HS kid doesn't want to get a free education to play sports, then go pay and attend like everyone else. If a pro player doesn't want to earn "only" $2.5M a year when he thinks it should be $3M, he has the option of getting a real job.

BTW, anyone missing the NBA?

Nope, me neither.

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D-1 sports are big business, especially football & basketball, these kids have huge workloads between school, practice, competitions and trying to have a personal life. and the schedule during the season is increased in the off season, NCAA sports are a full time job and go all year long. To all those who say "Well they are getting a free education" do the math, look at the millions the universities earn off the athletes then figure out what that scholarship cost them in actual cash, the profit for the schools is staggering. A few commentators have suggested a plan to pay the student/athletes, in which I agree, being a former D-1 athlete I have experienced this system, and it's no picnic, and now with the schools changing conferences like underwear based on economic windfalls why shouldn't the athletes get a slice of the pie, without them there is no show.

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Akron, they basically are.

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L, we already have that down here on NSD. Most college booster clubs have huge NSD parties, with live feeds from high schools where key recruits announce their decisions. Some folks take this stuff way seriously.

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Sadly it will probably end up one day similar to the NFL Draft day, where they get players to all announce where they are going on live TV...It is going to ruin the sport, slowly but surely

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L, college football is getting to be more and more about the money, primarily from TV deals.

Down here they are joking about changing National Signing Day, to start calling it Draft Day.

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Agreed Fun, this whole switching conference thing has gotten out of control in CFB

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West Virginia is suing Big East Conference in order to leave for Big 12. That's just sad.

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