College athletics: What people say about paying athletes

Scholarships don’t always cover costs, yet little time for jobs

ESPN personality Bomani Jones: “By definition, college athletes are poor. The cost of going to school exceeds what athletic scholarships pay, and part-time jobs are hard to hold down when the NCAA limit of 20 hours per week of sport-related activity is routinely ignored. Unlike other athletes, they have no union to protect their interests. The closest thing to defense they have is their parents, an oxymoronic statement to make about someone older than 18.”

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Columnist: Times have changed, so should pay

CBS columnist Gregg Doyel: “The business of college football has changed dramatically — especially in the last few decades — and it has changed for damn near everyone. For everyone but the players, that is. Salaries, stadium seating and ticket prices have skyrocketed. The compensation for the athletes we’re watching? Stagnated.”

“Once upon a time college football was a quaint amateur exercise in school pride, but it has become a monstrous professional exercise in raising and spending money — an epic transformation for a sport that started with humble roots at small stadiums with coaches being paid peanuts. If not less.”

Oklahoma coach isn’t a fan of paying college athletes

Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops: “I tell my guys all the time — you’re not the first one to spend a hungry Sunday without any money.”

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Ex-player: Students benefit from chance to play even without pay

CBS radio personality and former college basketball player Doug Gottlieb: “Terms are thrown around like ‘exploitation’ and ‘indentured servitude,’ neither of which reflect the reality of what takes place, which is the marketing of a young men’s athletic skills in exchange for training, promotion, competition and evaluation in their chosen sport, in addition to the best education the athlete chooses to receive from a university.”

“(Coaches) have hired you, essentially, as an intern who gets paid in college credits and other amazing, non-monetary benefits as an important part of a lucrative business. They do not owe you a piece of their salary.”

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 Chambers, long-time pay backer, says athletics is a big business

Nebraska Sen. Ernie Chambers: “I said I was going to offer legislation that makes football players state employees, because you have regular hours that you have to work, specific duties you must carry out, and if you don’t do it to your bosses’ satisfaction, you can get fired (lose your scholarship).”

1981: “Just as other students are paid for on-campus jobs, football players, who labor in a hazardous occupation and produce huge revenue, should be paid.”

1988: “As with many other business enterprises, more concern is shown for making money than for those who play the game.”

2003: “This is not a game. This is not an extracurricular activity. This is a cutthroat business. It’s time to send a message to the NCAA.”

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—Links compiled by Alex Lantz



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