On My Soapbox: Get richer at the kid’s expense

Recently, the NCAA made it possible for student athletes to benefit financially from the use of their name, image or likeness. Professional athletes are supporting the idea and saying it is a step in the right direction.

I, however, disagree. In all actuality, the rich will get richer at the expense of the athletes.

Let me break it down.

Companies like EA Sports, Gatorade, Nike and others now have another avenue to generate more money. When the rule goes into effect, student athletes will be able to sign shoe deals and endorsements. The fight has always been that they make billions from these student athletes, but do not share the wealth with them.

I agree to certain extent.

The students who are going to sign these deals and make the most out of the money are already going to school on a scholarship. Depending on how good they are, after a year or two they move on to the pros, so that scholarship money goes back to the school anyway.

I think there should be some kind of stipend for college athletes, on scholarship or not, so they don’t have to illegally take money from “boosters.”

But, when you consider the cost of school, dorms, books, lab fees, playing equipment per player, etc., it adds up.

Going to college is about learning how to better yourself – whether it is athletically or socially – and prepare for the “real world.” It’s not about trying to sign a deal to be in a shoe commercial or grocery store ad.

Of course, players can learn the good and the bad sides of dealing with agents, but what if (God forbid) sed played gets a career-ending injury. They will most likely lose that endorsement money and possibly their scholarship.

Another question is, are these college athletes mature enough to handle endorsement money?

Some will send money home to their families, but others will try to splurge and will lose it all in a huff.

I don’t think it’s a good idea to allow students to get paid in college. Like I said, a stipend or some kind of weekly allowance would be better.

With this new rule do athletes spend hours in the gym or the weight room at a young age to get a scholarship so they can go pro? Or, are they pushing for a shoe deal as a sophomore in college?

My last question is, this has been enforced for athletes, but what about the band or choir students? They work just as hard at their craft but get no more than a scholarship.

The rich keep getting richer.

I’m going to get off my soapbox, but before I do, I want to say thank you to all the veterans for your service. If you see a veteran today (or any day) tell them thank you.

“It is time for everyone to sit down - the NCAA, the NBA, the players union and the coaching fraternity - and come up with suitable solutions to these problems.”

- Dick Vitale

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