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Mike Slive: College players shouldn’t be employees, but…

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SEC commissioner Mike Slive continues to push for greater autonomy for the “big five” conferences — the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC — and while he doesn’t agree with the unionization efforts at Northwestern he ultimately does see changes coming in the near future.

Slive spoke at an APSE regional meeting in Alabama on Tuesday and had this to say, among other topics:

“Student-athletes shouldn’t be employees. If you put that aside, what’s being asked for (by union backers) are the same things the five of us put forward last fall. What’s the substance of the issue, not the nature. What we are trying to accomplish are these issues.”

With the five power conference having the autonomy to compensate players in a way that non-power conferences cannot (since the money’s not there), perhaps it would mitigate the most common complaint from current and former players. That complaint: With all the money that’s being thrown around, why aren’t we seeing any of it?

Slive emphasized whatever compensation plan is drawn up would be “in the context of higher education” — so if it passes, “student-athlete” will still be a thing going forward. Slive said expects something to materialize here by August.

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2 Responses to “Mike Slive: College players shouldn’t be employees, but…”
  1. deadeye says: Apr 22, 2014 10:53 AM

    By raising the cost of “doing business” with full cost of attendance scholarships, several P5 universities won’t be able to maintain their current position. That reality might make it more difficult to get this thing implemented. The universities that cannot afford this change will pressure their commissioner to fight against this measure. This change will not be a slam dunk for Slive and Delany.

  2. ndrick731 says: Apr 24, 2014 12:02 PM

    In other words, let’s relegate any school not in our conferences to having no chance to ever compete. We can make more money. We can buy the best players. They should hire this guy to run the New York Yankees. Try and eliminate the competition through financial resources. How about this all schools put 5% of their sports related revenue into a fund to be shared by all teams equally for player compensation. Bet he wouldn’t go for that.

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