The answer to this question is a resounding YES!!! These kids go out on the field/court and make their universities millions, and millions of dollars every season. Some in the media, and the NCAA, believe that, for example, a one-hundred thousand dollar scholarship is payment enough. That is an absolutely insane point of view, and one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever heard.
The money from television revenue, and jersey sales alone, can afford to pay these students something. So your telling me that all of the money that the Johnny Football train brings in is only worth a one-thousand dollar scholarship?? Even though Texas A&M makes millions off of him every Saturday??
The NCAA wonders why student athletes takes the chance of receiving money, gifts, benefits, under the table, from agents, profits from jersey sales, profits from autograph sessions, etc. And I don’t blame them. These schools rake in cold hard cash, and the student athlete gets a diploma, and they probably won’t get a job equivalent to that one-hundred thousand dollar scholarship after graduation, if they stay long enough to graduate.
This problem is easy to solve. In the real world, the CEO makes the most, down to the entry level employees that make the least. Use the same analogy in college sports. The best player on the team gets the most, and the walk-on’s get the minimum, and then adjust everybody else’s pay accordingly. If you want to be paid more, play better. Seems simple to me.
The NCAA needs to be severely overhauled. You have these guys that are old fashioned and doesn’t want to change because of tradition. But then again, is the sign of Johnny Football winning the Heisman Trophy as a freshman a sign that change is coming?