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It's a well documented fact that the NCAA, schools, and conferences are making a lot of money when it comes to football. College conference realignment has been driven for the desire to increase TV revenue, and by most accounts at least the major conferences are raking the money in.

However, it's also well documented that most schools' athletic budgets don't exactly run in the black and that college athletes (especially football players) get a pretty sweet deal already, just ask Bob Stoops. With the Ed O'Bannon/Sam Keller case hanging over the NCAA at the present time, do you think college football players should get a cut of licensing fees?

Sound off by voting in our poll to your right on the frontpage and above you in the forums!

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# 1 jmood88 @ 04/15/13 03:04 PM
It makes absolutely no sense that everyone but the players should make millions using their names. And no, a scholarship (that costs the universities nothing to give out) and a per diem doesn't count as fair compensation.
 
# 2 phantomremix @ 04/15/13 03:19 PM
A lot of players in College Basketball and Football leave early for a paycheck. Compensate them for money made on their own name and you will see players not jump ship so quickly.
 
# 3 drewst18 @ 04/15/13 03:24 PM
I think they should be paid to the point where they can live well as a student athlete.

They should not be able to be driving around in Bentley's like they own the place, but they put in too many hours in sports/school to be able to work. They should not need to take money from agents to eat or buy some video games. It should be a flat rate, across all sports.

Not every school will pay its athletes, but if you pay in one sport you should have to pay in all. $1000 - $2000/week while in season. I don't want to see the few players that do go to small schools go elsewhere because LSU is offering them 1 million dollars.
 
# 4 agreene7 @ 04/15/13 03:33 PM
College players don not need that much money a week but a max of 500 a week for every school is alright. It may even deter them from going pro early just for financial reasons. if they have a little walking around money they may finish their education. They should only be paid during the season of there respective sport of course. Every school should be able to afford that because the NCAA licensing that ea sports pay should be divided to each school evenly.
 
# 5 KChape25 @ 04/15/13 03:43 PM
They are getting hundreds of thousands of dollars in free benefits, They get a world class education unless they go to a joke school. They get free room and board, they get free tutors and access to great trainign facilities and the best coaches and trainers in the world. So yes they do get PAID.

If it is that hard for them to feed themselves give them an extra 200 dollars a month for food.
 
# 6 phantomremix @ 04/15/13 03:51 PM
I would have been happy with free education and the money you get on scholarship, however; some of these players aren't concerned about feeding themselves. Some of these players come from a less than privileged background and are skipping out of college early to take care of their families. They lose out on being able to get that world class education. If my family was scrapping by, in huge debt and i had the ability to take care of them, i would have chosen family over education as well. If my name alone could help that and give me the chance to not feel so pressured to skip out on my education, i may walk out of it much smarter and more mature than i would have been if i had skipped out early.
 
# 7 soonermagic88 @ 04/15/13 03:56 PM
No, they are already compensated. And to anyone who says scholarships dont count, im assuming you dont believe that 40k+ plus dollar in education/tutors/meals/clothing over the course of 4 (thats at a small school, its 4-5 times that at private/ivy league schools) years doesnt count? If it is free to the schools to give these kids scholarships then why dont they let anyone who wants an education in for free? Oh wait, thats right, the school is a business too, it has to pay for things.
 
# 8 jmood88 @ 04/15/13 04:04 PM
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Originally Posted by KChape25
They are getting hundreds of thousands of dollars in free benefits, They get a world class education unless they go to a joke school. They get free room and board, they get free tutors and access to great trainign facilities and the best coaches and trainers in the world. So yes they do get PAID.

If it is that hard for them to feed themselves give them an extra 200 dollars a month for food.
So what? The schools, coaches, AD's, TV stations, etc make millions off of their backs. There is no other scholarship that limits a student from profiting except for an athletic scholarship, which is absolutely ridiculous. Even if the NCAA allowed the players to make money by signing endorsement deals, it would be much better than what currently exists.

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Originally Posted by soonermagic88
No, they are already compensated. And to anyone who says scholarships dont count, im assuming you dont believe that 40k+ plus dollar in education/tutors/meals/clothing over the course of 4 (thats at a small school, its 4-5 times that at private/ivy league schools) years doesnt count? If it is free to the schools to give these kids scholarships then why dont they let anyone who wants an education in for free? Oh wait, thats right, the school is a business too, it has to pay for things.
No, it doesn't count. The schools make exponentially more than the small scholarships they give out. It's not like the scholarships are guaranteed anyway; players can be thrown out at any time for any reason. It's a bull**** scam that the NCAA has been running and everyone but the people actually doing the work get to benefit (until years later, if they're lucky).
 
# 9 BaylorFan @ 04/15/13 04:48 PM
I don't see how the NCAA could allow only college football players to get paid. Title IX and other items would certainly have something to say if that were the case. Therefore if every student athlete in a university must be paid we would see a drastic reduction in athletic teams at every level. Even BCS schools would be forced to drop programs. As stated previously, almost all the athletic departments are losing money. The money the football team makes is spread to cover costs for every other sport.
 
# 10 KChape25 @ 04/15/13 04:52 PM
In fact, I believe that if you are on an athletic scholarship they shouldn't change the requirements to get into the school and they should have to maintain at least a 3.0 GPA, and if they except the scholarship they shouldnt be alowed to leave until their 4 year obligation is over. Stop coddling these guys who are suppose dto be "student athletes", notice student comes first.
 
# 11 Birdman18 @ 04/15/13 05:08 PM
When the schools are receiving millions from conference bowl sharing, tv rights deal, as well as apparel deals, yes it doesn't cost the schools much, if anything to give out scholarships.. Look at the tv deals alone..

http://m.espn.go.com/general/blogs/blogpost?blogname=playbookdollars&id=3163&tag=tv-deals

This money here more than pays for everything those kids need.. Except the schools pocket everything.. They can't have jobs because their sport is their job. If a school is making $20 plus million on a tv deal, they can afford to help those kids.
 
# 12 jmood88 @ 04/15/13 05:12 PM
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Originally Posted by treq21
Costs a university nothing to give out?? What are you talking about? What about facilities , what about professors, what about staff...i work at Ohio State University and it definitely costs a lot to give out a scholarship
Well since we're throwing out credentials, I went to Ohio State, my mom worked there, and I am friends with Gene Smith. Those scholarships cost the school nothing compared to what they get back. The football team walking around campus and taking classes doesn't cost anywhere close to the amount that is charged. Like I said earlier, there isn't a single scholarship that prevents a student from using whatever means to make money except for athletic scholarships. Meanwhile, everyone but the players (and professors) make money advertising the athletes. It's a scam.
 
# 13 Facts @ 04/15/13 05:13 PM
Guys on full rides get enough. What they should do with the money made from these TV deals is spread it amongst the FBS schools to allow them more scholarship spots. It's the walk-ons that have it the hardest.
 
# 14 sterfri94 @ 04/15/13 05:15 PM
No, they get scholarships. Everything is paid for, unlike normal students who have to pay back student loans for freaking 10 to 15 years.
 
# 15 Trick13 @ 04/15/13 05:29 PM
I voted something, but they are getting a heck of a lot.

They are earning the schools a return that far outweighs the school's investment. I think that all student athletes should be getting a living wage, not just the scholarship guys. A chunk of the money school's earn on their sports programs should be going to tuition offset programs for regular students that have financial difficulties.

I get the argument that the education is free, but congress passed a bill so that their children never have to repay student loans.
 
# 16 Phreezy P @ 04/15/13 06:11 PM
Yes, they should be compensated. Heck, if I reached that point I would. But it shouldn't be too much or it could get to their head and affect their academics and actual in-game performance.
 
# 17 jersez @ 04/15/13 06:11 PM
A scholarship can be valuable depending on which subject a student studies. Most college athletes major in subjects that aren't going to be profitable. That's why a lot of them end up broke.
 
# 18 BigBadTom @ 04/15/13 06:17 PM
Personally I think the only fair way for them to get paid is to have the money be distributed evenly throughout the entire players on every D1 school football team. Otherwise you have an issue of people playing for who gets the most $ on TV deals. I don't believe they should get a lot of money--I feel it should be given as a future bank account or whatever that they can claim after leaving the school so that they are similar to the students while at the school
 
# 19 jmood88 @ 04/15/13 06:24 PM
How is that similar to other students? No other student has a cap on the amount of money they can make while in school.
 
# 20 Bmore Irish @ 04/15/13 07:05 PM
You start by allowing them to market themselves. The NCAA just needs to drop the whole amateurism act, as it's a total joke. Let athletes sign endorsements, hire agents, whatever.

And as for compensation, I don't know exactly what, but some kind of additional stipend has been discussed by certain conferences, I just don't know how it would work out. Perhaps by some kind of revenue sharing deal among TV monies.

But as it is now, (certain) college athletes absolutely are getting taken advantage of. And this is coming from someone who is about to graduate college and immediately be in major debt thanks to student loans. I'm very bitter lol.
 

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