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"I love it when you guys try to write off a Frank Beamer team -- no one is going to win this conference without Virginia Tech having some sort of say in it." - David Cutcliffe
if you want to pay football players, I think you have to make them just "athletes" and no longer "student-athletes"...make them employees who, if they wish to be students, have to apply to the university and be admitted under the same standards as anyone else...and if they're admitted, they pay for it just like anyone else
as for the "they can afford it" angle...many schools probably would choose to afford it...some of those would do it at the expense of all the other sports that football supports...good-bye soccer, cross country, wrestling, tennis, etc...
Personally, I would much rather see the NFL and NBA adopt the same model as MLB where a high school student has the option to enter the draft or go to college. If he goes to college, then he has to remain there for 3 years. Also, I would like to see the NFL expand the game day roster to 70 players and develop a true minor league system. It could be like the NBADL where teams share a minor league team or it could be like MLB's system (but only at the Triple A level). I believe if that happens, then maybe universities will come to their sense and realize that college athletics should not go down certain roads.
these articles always miss the fact that these players already are getting paid, and very well. These guys have more disposable income than the average student and have all of their expenses taken care of. Ever notice how these kids that don't have 2 sticks to rub together at home have decent cars in the player's parking lot in short order? Rather than this proposal, how about the NFL start a 2 year development/farm program for the best players that don't want to (or academically can't) do the college thing?
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Although, I might just prefer that the professional leagues get rid of any age-oriented requirements (beyond general employment law).
You think you can play for the NFL right out of HS? Go for it. Takes away some of the "we're not allowed to profit from our athletic stardom" argument...if you're that good, go be a pro.
The 1 loophole that schools could get around Title IX is if the schools assume a sponsorship role to the specific program. Essentially the program would become a stand alone entity (for tax purposes) and the school would provide enough funding to remain the primary sponsor. By doing that, the school could classify the funding it uses for sponsorship as a "for-profit" category and still remain a nonprofit school. It would be no different than a city or county owning a golf course and making a profit from it. The risk to this model is that someone else (a private company, another school, etc) could outbid the school and become the primary sponsor. Doesn't the Florida Seminoles (instead of Florida State Seminoles) have a nice ring to it? Or what about the Ford Wolverines (instead of Michigan Wolverines)?