Chainsaw Massaquoi, on 21 September 2013 - 07:00 AM, said:
I think the thing people forget, or flat out do not know, is that scholarships are not guaranteed and are not multiyear arrangements. They are 1 year renewable contracts. Up until a couple years ago multiyear scholarships were banned in general.
Also, not everybody there is on a full scholarship even for football.
So we're basically telling players to enjoy their college experience and try to make the most of it while they're there but stay in line and shut your damn mouths while we as a university profit enormously off of you and continue to erect new huge buildings and pay professors astronomical salaries. But thanks for playing.
Hell man, even interns at Google get paid. This is basically an internship for the NFL is it not?
I don't think there's another industry in America where the labor force IS the product leading to unprecedented profits yet work for free.
No, no, and more no.
If you're going to compare college football to an NFL internship, than do so in the proper context. If a player is good enough to even be remotely considered for the draft, then there's an overwhelming chance that he's got a scholly already and is getting his college education paid for.
College athletics has existed on this canvas forever, and it's a proven system where a student athlete, if talented and disciplined enough, will go on to make millions in the NFL. It's called sacrifice and risk, and anyone who has ever attended college makes and takes both of those, whether they play college athletics or not. Introducing lawyers, contracts, and lawsuits in order to satisfy this boo hoo Occupy Wall Street mentality is ludicrous.