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The NCAA and its five power conferences completed voting Thursday night to approve a settlement agreement that paves the way for universities to pay athletes directly, according to multiple people familiar with the matter, a change that would crush any last notions of amateurism in major college sports.



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Is being a capable player of sports knowledge?

Why should colleges promote such behavior that has little to do with why the person has entered college?

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-05-23 09:03 PM | Reply


Forgot a comma...

Is being a capable player of sports, knowledge?

OK, makes more sense now.

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-05-23 09:31 PM | Reply

This is the only logical conclusion of NIL.

It has opened the doors whereby 18 year olds are being paid millions. What can possibly go wrong?

#3 | Posted by Nixon at 2024-05-24 10:57 AM | Reply

So, now colleges are officially farm leagues for professional sports.
As Nixon implies, this will have devastating impacts on education.

America certainly has it's priorities in order.

A college athlete, even an average one, will be paid hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars to play a sport, er attend the school, while the average student attending to get an education, will pay more.

Why even bother having the student athlete attend classes at all?!?

#4 | Posted by truthhurts at 2024-05-24 01:23 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Why even bother having the student athlete attend classes at all?!?"

Agree. That's pretty much how they do it in the rest of the world. If you're a promising young athlete, they take you out of regular school and send you to sports school.

#5 | Posted by snoofy at 2024-05-24 01:35 PM | Reply

This removes a lot of investigations in the future. I know an attorney who works for the NCAA. He's probably going to move on because investigating these payments is mostly what he's done there.

#6 | Posted by eberly at 2024-05-24 01:43 PM | Reply

-It has opened the doors whereby 18 year olds are being paid millions. What can possibly go wrong?

They will be much harder to control than they are already.

#7 | Posted by eberly at 2024-05-24 01:44 PM | Reply

Key kid--miss this field goal and you're fired!
--coaches in the Power 5 conferences, in two years

Explain to me how any player will want to go play for two-time national champion UConn, when they will be better paid by the worst team in a Power 5 conference?

The last thing players on Power 5 teams will want to do is play teams not in one of those five conferences. Imagine, say, Texas losing to San Diego State, in Football. Trouble would rear it's ugly head for the Texas coach and EVERY paid player on the team. Imagine being a back-up defensive back on Texas and giving up the go-ahead TD on your defensive assignment. You will be out before the end of the game, your uniform taken from you, and your things removed from your dorm room. You'll have to find a job with another school, or even go to college, your dream of being a paid player now dashed...

#8 | Posted by catdog at 2024-05-24 04:59 PM | Reply

Paid? I thought they aready were - scholarships.

#9 | Posted by BellRinger at 2024-05-24 05:41 PM | Reply

Trump U gave full rides to 13 year olds who resembled Ivanka.

#10 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2024-05-24 05:48 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

What about non-athlete money makers for schools? Like theater majors who put on performances? Or math geeks who win the math olympics? I might be thinking about Mean Girls with that latter one. But aren't there non-athlete money makers at schools?

#11 | Posted by truthhurts at 2024-05-24 05:57 PM | Reply

"So, now colleges are officially farm leagues for professional sports."

No, just football.


Research makes way more than college football.
Theater is an iffy proposition. Not everyone is UCSD.

#12 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2024-05-24 08:08 PM | Reply

The transfer portal (basically putting all players on a 1 year free agent deal) did a big blow to kill college football - directly paying the players will finish it off. There will be a big separation and formation of a new league with rules around those schools that pay and those that don't. Even the notion of a scholarship becomes meaningless when they can just pay you cash directly - so, do scholarship limits have any meaning now?

#13 | Posted by Claudio at 2024-05-24 10:18 PM | Reply

The respective leagues should be forced to foot the bill in baseball, basketball and especially football. The vast majority of the money will be going to players in those sports. The NFL, the most profitable sports league in the world, pays next to nothing for scouting or player development. They get ready-made players subsidized by the government.
In soccer (real football) a team will have hundreds of scouts all over the globe. Kids get signed at 6yo, their first professional contract at 14yo. Their education, housing, food, transportation ... all paid by the club for years. It's common for their parents to become employees of the club. Very few of those kids ever make it to the first team. Players development is a giant money sink for every club.
Compare that to the NFL. Maybe a half dozen "scouts" who evaluate adults that already have hundreds of hour of tape. The hottest prospects get put on franchise contracts where the player doesn't have negotiating power. The lesser players are on contracts where they can be cut or traded at anytime. The teams take on zero risk. No deployment leagues, no deployment teams to pay for. No relegation. No incentive to even win since all the profits are shared. The worst teams get the best players who are forced to join poorly performing clubs. To call it communism is an insult to communists.

#14 | Posted by BluSky at 2024-05-25 01:51 PM | Reply

Research makes way more than college football.
Theater is an iffy proposition. Not everyone is UCSD.


The amount of profit from the school is immaterial if the students are making money for the school, it just becomes an issue of magnitude.

BTW there is also basketball as a major money maker.

Research if I understand correctly employees advanced degree students who are paid positions, (I think).

#15 | Posted by truthhurts at 2024-05-25 02:06 PM | Reply

If I was an average male student athlete, next year I would go trans, set yourself up for life.

Research if I understand correctly employees advanced degree students who are paid positions, (I think).

Somewhat correct, there is usually a lead that is paid well and probably was awarded the research grant.

But underneath is undergrads, and graduate students doing much of the work.

I could go on a long diatribe on how schools, could be more real world, and be self funded. But....

#16 | Posted by oneironaut at 2024-05-25 03:23 PM | Reply

Big hitting male golfers should go Trans and become members in LPGA. They could easily usurp all lady golfers in distance and scoring and nullify LPGA. The unfairness of this absurd concept needs to be exposed.

#17 | Posted by Robson at 2024-05-25 08:03 PM | Reply

"College" Sports like basketball and the brain-damaging gridiron football were already farm leagues for the pros. Now the players will get paid for putting their bodies on the line for their coaches, who are the highest paid public employees in the country. University of Chicago had it right: the sportsball was a distraction from the education that universities colleges provide

#18 | Posted by hamburglar at 2024-05-25 08:52 PM | Reply

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