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Advocacy group says college football players worth over $100K

Maying a payment

Thanks to another round of conference expansion and the start of the 2011 season, the issue of whether college football players should be paid that simmered over the summer has been shoved into the background.

Thanks to an advocacy group, that issue will likely be back out front yet again.

The National College Players Association, headed by former UCLA linebacker Ramogi Huma, will release a report Tuesday titled “The Price of Poverty in Big Time College Sport”, which will claim college football players at the Div. 1-A (FBS) level are worth on average $121,000 annually to their respective schools.  At schools such as Texas, that number would swell to over $500,000 a year.

The NCPA came to their conclusion by taking the pro models for revenue sharing and applying it to the collegiate level.

The report, obtained by the Associated Press ahead of its release, will apparently focus on three proposals for paying college football and basketball players:

  • Schools should be required to take revenues and put them into what’s being called an “educational lockbox”, which players could tap into after their eligibility has expired or they’ve graduated.  It’s unclear how this would help the players during their playing careers.
  • Players should be permitted to pursue endorsement deals, with some of the money earmarked for the “lockbox” as well as defraying some of the cost of attending college that a scholarship doesn’t cover.  Speaking of which…
  • Schools should make up the difference between what a schoalrship pays for and the actual cost of attendance.  The report will state that that number falls between $952 to $6,127, depending on the college.

As to the group’s points, the first one will likely never, ever happen, at least with the current group currently occupying the positions of power.  There are far too many hurdles to overcome, first and foremost Title IX compliance, to allow that to come to fruition.  There are also some concerns that, if the students are paid, they would then become university employees, which would open up the college game to unionization.  That’s the last thing the NCAA and school administrators would want.

“Dr. Emmert has been similarly clear that paying student-athletes a salary is in no way on the table,” the NCAA, which has not seen the report, said in a statement.

As to the second point, that likely won’t happen as well but it should, at least to some extent.  There is simply no good reason why players are not paid for their images being used in video games licensed by the NCAA, nor is there any reason why a player should not get a cut from the sale of jerseys with their number on it.

The third solution proposed by the group, has a very good chance of coming to fruition.  At a retreat last month that involved the discussion of myriad issues facing college football, school presidents/chancellors and conference commissioners were among the individuals who tackled the issue of “full cost of attendance“.  While no decision was made, it does appear to be headed in that direction.

Some schools in smaller conferences could, however, buck at such a proposal being enacted due to the costs involved.

The AP writes that “the Committee on Academic Performance is meeting this week to discuss the issue, and will make recommendations to the Division I Board of Directors next month.”

The report will also state that student-athletes — football and basketball players in particular — fall below the poverty line at 85 percent of schools due to the difference between scholarships and actual cost of attendance.

“The NCAA’s definition of amateurism has proven to be priceless to obscenely paid coaches, athletics administrators, and colleges but has inflicted poverty on college athletes,” the report will state.

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11 Responses to “Advocacy group says college football players worth over $100K”
  1. midnite479 says: Sep 12, 2011 5:48 PM

    Good as it sounds, it’s never going to happen! The schools ate to greedy, wants it all to them selves

  2. thefiesty1 says: Sep 12, 2011 6:31 PM

    $500K at Texas? What’s DeLOSER doing with all the money? Ticket prices, cost of concession food, and a WHOPPING $9 bucks for a two dollar shuttle ride to and from the game. What a rip! The players are getting a paid education but college football shouldn’t be a for profit operation. What happens to ALL that profit?

  3. silverdeer says: Sep 12, 2011 6:44 PM

    Apparently you worth at least $30k more if you are a Heisman trophy QB.

  4. southernpatriots says: Sep 12, 2011 6:59 PM

    This will definitely fuel the discussion for payments made to college athletes. This may never occur due to the numerous lawsuits which would come forth by Olympic sports requiring equal protection and equal pay applications of federal and state laws which pertain.

    What we would like to see for all student-athletes that scholarships actually cover the full cost to them for enrollement and attendance at their particular universities. This of course, would depend upon the university and the location of the university (cost of living).

    We know of many small colleges which barely are able to have athletic departments, and their football programs and athletics are greatly dependent not only on their football programs but upon large univerisities scheduling them and contributing great sums to their athletic or general fund.

  5. lionpride10 says: Sep 12, 2011 7:10 PM

    Has everyone forgotten that most players ARE paid with a free education. That can be very costly and in a lot of cases these guys wouldn’t go to college if it weren’t for these scholarships. I think they should be grateful. What’s next, pay the high school players?

  6. paperlions says: Sep 12, 2011 9:04 PM

    Does the advocacy group realize that it is networks, not colleges, making all the money they think should go to players? If ESPN, CBS, NBC, FOX, etc. want to chip in to pay the players…this could work.

  7. lucky5934 says: Sep 13, 2011 12:26 AM

    Look I can do that too… the NCPA is worth over 25¢.

  8. sweepthleg says: Sep 13, 2011 2:23 AM

    @paperloins, college athletes work on ONE year scholarships they aren’t guaranteed 4 years of education. And some of them don’t even want the education they just want to play ball. Which if you are an NFL prospect your only option is to play college football for free for 3 years until you are considered draft eligible by the NFL.

    This puts 18 year old football players at a disadvantage to their baseball and basketball counterparts that don’t have these restrictions to their movements toward professional status.

    Eventually, College football players will have to unionize or do something similar to seek the true changes they need to enjoy the fruits of their labor on the field. A loop hole in title XI recognizing their top revenue generating status or a complete over hauling of the top College programs in the country as a minor league football system that the NFL will have to get involved in since it benefits so much from it.

    Moving towards the Super-Conference when the top 60-80 college football programs are put under 4-5 banners will eventually perpetuate this change as well as the playoff we all want.

    Change is coming and College Football players will eventually get paid.

  9. blueinok says: Sep 13, 2011 7:31 AM

    Student Athletes receive a scholorship (it is up to them to take full advantage of this opportunity), room & board. If they play for “free” for three years to eventually receive a contract worth millions of dollars, it seems to me a small price to pay. Problem is that we live in an instant gratification society and feel entitled to what we could earn now.

  10. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Sep 13, 2011 12:02 PM

    Paying athletes will eventually destroy college football. The “haves” will dominate and the “have nots” will never be able to compete. If players want to get paid tell them to do what baseball players do. They can skip college and play in a minor league (e.g., UFL or CFL) until they are good enough for the NFL.

  11. paperlions says: Sep 13, 2011 5:20 PM

    For most universities, including nearly all Division 1 schools, athletics is a budgetary black hole. They use all of the money that comes into athletics and more. If athletics went away, most administrators would consider it a welcome change to the current constraining financial landscape.

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