College athletics is a multimillion-dollar industry, but some events of this college football season have intensified an old debate about whether the players who take the field should receive more of the profits they help generate.
PostTV’s Nia-Malika Henderson dove into the conversation this week with a Twitter chat Tuesday and a live show Wednesday. Below are four takeaways from the show and from feedback from the Twitter community:
1. Lots of money is made using NCAA stars’ likenesses. Why none for them? Here’s what our panel said:
@NiaWaPo Yes. Student athletes r viewed as commodities and they should get a piece of the pie they make.— EbonyMomPolitics (@JoniReyno) October 14, 2013
2. Don’t forget the “student” part of student athletes. And the costs that go along with it.
#Postback 4mer stdnt-athlete; yes. Sport’s a full time job,hw,class, meet&greet,charity etc.More work than avrg stdnt w/ $ help frm parents— Danae (@DanaeeAlisee) October 14, 2013
3. Amateur rules were put in place for a reason.
#Postback If you add money, it’s easy to see how quickly the objective will become money. Learning will not be the main objective.— J F Miller (@J8dedMandarin) October 14, 2013
But are those reasons still valid? Or is the “spirit” of college sports a thing of the past?
4. Something is going to change. The On Background panel says change is inevitable. But it’s anyone’s guess what form it will take.
College sports is a multi-billion $ industry today. Landscape has changed since NCAA rule book was written. Rules need to change. #postback— Sports Biz Radio (@SBRadio) October 15, 2013