Thursday, May 31, 2012

Spurrier wants college players to earn as much as $4,000 a year

Spurrier wants college players to earn as much as $4,000 a year
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Steve Spurrier is sticking with his plan to pay players.
  South Carolina's outspoken coach first floated the idea at the Southeastern Conference's spring meetings last year. Fellow coaches and league administrators listened, but it made little, if any, progress.He trotted out his stipend plan again this week and said Wednesday that football coaches voted 14-0 to present the proposal to league athletic directors. The ADs will discuss it and decide whether to present it to school presidents and chancellors for an official vote Friday.

"We're trying to get extra money for living expense, academic expense, game-related expense to our players because of the tremendous amount of money - billions - they're bringing" in, Spurrier said.

Most small to middlin' schools don't like this idea. Their budgets are already tight and this just creates more of a divide between the larger football programs and the little guys. It also creates all kinds of equal protection/treatment and Title IX issues. But these are problems of the NCAA's own making.

Dr. B. David Ridpath of Ohio University is a noted NCAA compliance expert and author of Tainted Glory points out that the NCAA's concept of amateurism is dead.

Chances are, you don't know what a monopsonistic market is because in the real world, very few have existed and none had succeeded until someone said "NCAA" and "amateurism" in the same breath.

Sooner or later, the athletes who risk so much and receive nothing will have to be compensated.


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