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Time writer says Manziel could be worth $1 million or more

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Earlier today we got a glimpse of the new magazine cover for Time Magazine, which features Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. Later in the morning Time writer Sean Gregory  went on The Dan Patrick Show and claimed Manziel would receive quite the pay day if we lived in a world where college players were eligible for compensation.

“Say college athletics had the same revenue sharing models as the NFL, if you take Texas A&M’s revenue and give 46 percent to the players and divide it up evenly he would probably get about $225,000 based on that math,” Gregory said. “Obviously, maybe they wouldn’t be paid equally, Manziel could get more.”

How much more? Asked what Manziel could command if college football had a free agent system similar to professional sports, Gregory guesses he could command a million or more.

The issue of paying players is not going anywhere, and it is starting to get louder. Time has received some criticism for using Manziel on their cover to sell their story (surely Time did not pay Manziel for this), but the point here is that the concept of paying players does extend beyond just sports. There are some serious effects on the academic structure and a trickle down effect in the political realm and more once that first step is made.

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19 Responses to “Time writer says Manziel could be worth $1 million or more”
  1. ttalarico says: Sep 5, 2013 1:00 PM

    Next thing you know Manziel will be autographing Time magazines for, of course, no money!!

  2. senorpapino says: Sep 5, 2013 1:10 PM

    Sad attempt by Time magazine to try to be relevant again.

  3. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Sep 5, 2013 1:14 PM

    I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am very tired of reading about Johnny Manziel. He is a selfish, pampered and spoiled brat who feels that the world owes him something. Unfortunately, people like him often make a lot of money and seem to be successful in life. Someday reality will hit him smack in the face. I doubt that he has what it takes to overcome life’s difficulties and his world will crumble around him. His parents have publicly expressed concerns about his drinking. I wouldn’t be surprised that when things go wrong Johnny self-destructs and turns to alcohol.

  4. canetic says: Sep 5, 2013 1:18 PM

    A million dollars and zero class.

  5. dietrich43 says: Sep 5, 2013 1:37 PM

    They won’t start paying players until football, and maybe men’s basketball, are the only sports that universities field. Ohio State recently said they spend $160,000 per year per student-athlete. I assume that is simply dividing the athletic budget by the number of student-athletes. Most of the sports programs are financial losses (swimming, baseball, lacrosse, track and field, etc.) due to costs for facilities, staff, scholarships, and other fees.

    Yes, football makes ridiculous profits for the universities. And it all goes to other sports. Maybe instead of funding some sports programs, it should go to academic scholarships. I seem to remember the original mission most universities was to educate, not to field a championship team. I doubt we’ll see anyone go along with the University of Chicago.

  6. irishfbfan1 says: Sep 5, 2013 2:11 PM


    I don’t think anybody could have said it any better than your post. He has disrespected his school, the football program, his teammates, his family, his coaching staff, and all the past Heisman Trophy winners from all the different Universities. It’s a shame because the kid has talent, I think we have exaggerated his talent a little, but No doubt the kid is a good football player.

    One thing for sure, I don’t think he quite understands the concept , not do I think he understands that the sport he plays, the position he plays, both have a direct correlation to the attitude he has manifested.
    In other words, if he continues with the shellfishness, the negative attitudes etc…he must remember that he plays in the best conference in college football made up of some very very physical football teams that do not appreciate being taunted. Also, he plays a position that is very difficult to hide. I think you guys know where I am going with this.

  7. alligatorsnapper says: Sep 5, 2013 2:15 PM

    If he has just a few dollars, he has more dollars than he has sense.


    LSU Athletic lead by LSU Football gives $5 million first payment guaranteed and then 50 percent of all profits to the academics side. It is the first major university to by contract to obligate themselves to do this. This was pushed by Coach Les Miles.

  8. bucrightoff says: Sep 5, 2013 2:21 PM

    Once Alabama crushes A&M nobody will care about Johnny Football anymore…well they’ll care, mostly cause his slide into future CFL player will just be beginning.

  9. ttalarico says: Sep 5, 2013 2:29 PM


    I don’t know if it is by contract, but ND has been doing this for years and years. Millions and millions of dollars have gone to academics.

    Good for LSU an Coach Miles!

  10. gborange says: Sep 5, 2013 2:51 PM

    Football generated profits should be retained in full by the football department. Manziel or whoever shouldn’t be expected to play his ass off to pay for an academic scholarship to some kid he doesn’t even know. I’ll buy a ticket to watch an athlete entertain but I wouldn’t give a nickel to watch some guy take a math test.

  11. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Sep 5, 2013 3:24 PM

    gborange says “Football generated profits should be retained in full by the football department……but I wouldn’t give a nickel to watch some guy take a math test”

    FYI! Most schools use their football profits (if any) to pay for non-revenue sports such as volleyball, baseball, wrestling, etc. In addition, many schools such as tOSU use some of it to pay for intra-mural sports.

  12. ttalarico says: Sep 5, 2013 3:29 PM


    Did you go to college? I doubt it.

    Remember, athletes are going to school free! They are not paying anything towards their education. So should the other academic students pay the athletes’ share of fees? In other words, the non-athletic students should subsidize the athletes’ costs. That’s what would happen if all the money went to say, just the football program.

    And if all the money went to footballl that they took in, the other programs would have to be shut down. Is that what you want?

  13. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Sep 5, 2013 4:27 PM

    This is a pretty stupid and hypothetical pretense to even bother writing an article about

  14. barbeaux says: Sep 5, 2013 4:32 PM

    One can’t deny that it is a broken system. College sports generate a lot more money now compared to 1910. Tv revenue alone exploded in the late 90s.

  15. amosalanzostagg says: Sep 5, 2013 7:32 PM

    Title IX will never allow Men’s Football and Basketball rule the roost.

    Anyone think that Men’s football and Basketball are sacrosanct need a reality check. Title IX will demand that women receive the same amount of pay that any
    male athlete receives.

    You may not like Manziel, you may hate his guts, but he may have given the NCAA a way to compensate athletes. If an athlete in any sport can be compensated for his or her autograph or his or her endorsement of a product, why not let the athlete profit from said compensation. Just have the endorsement or marketing arrangement by approved by the NCAA and duly filed with the IRS for tax reporting purposes. Let the market dictate what compensation an athlete would make in the capitalistic marketplace.

    This way a Michael Phelps could be attending college and be compensated for autographs and endorsements, Three tiers, Olympic program and development,
    Pro sports programs and development and University Student program and development.

    Personally, I like Manziel. He is a breath of fresh air. Is he immature? Yep. Is he spoiled? Definitely. He is no different than a Jim McMahon at BYU (and later in the pros) nor Brian Bosworth at Oklahoma. Generations have their “bad boys”.
    Dion Sanders at FSU was just as cocky and immature. Art Schliester and Maurice Clarett at Ohio State had their trials,tribulations and poor business decisions both on and off the field.

    I am looking forward to September 14th.


  16. jessejames182 says: Sep 6, 2013 1:07 AM

    Screw fighting it. Johnny is better at everything than you could ever be at one thing. He cheats and gets rewarded, but who cares? They’ll never beat him, he’ll be the first one to win the Heisman man twice since Archie manning, and then he’ll be a rookie quarter back that wins the superbowl and the masters in the same year. Its gonna be awesome.

  17. normtide says: Sep 6, 2013 1:44 AM

    A few points. The NCAA makes little money. Three big TV money is made by the leagues and schools. Same with bowl money and ticket sales/concessions. That money is paid to athletic depts, which pay for all sports. All fbs football teams MAKE money, very few athletic depts MAKE money. See Maryland, a BCS AQ program, and they have massive debt. Those are facts, feel free to look them up.

    I like the stipend idea, but title nine looms over it. A stipend can be regulated, to avoid free agency type recruiting.

  18. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Sep 6, 2013 10:26 AM

    @ jessejames182:
    FYI! Archie Manning never won the Heisman.

  19. jessejames182 says: Sep 7, 2013 12:42 PM

    That ones on me, really shoulda googled it first.

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