The cost of taking the high road

I like Michael Lewis’ writings a lot. And I’m not unsympathetic to the argument that the money being generated in college football could be better utilized in how it’s distributed.

But this piece in the New York Times yesterday… geez. Pay Vince Young $5 million for a season at Texas? And don’t you just love how some anonymous “NFL front office executive” is willing to opine on these salaries? Like it isn’t the NFL that benefits the most from the current setup.

But even more than that staggering proposal, how would you implement something like that without running afoul of Title IX? How could schools whose athletic departments – or football programs, for that matter – don’t generate revenues in excess of their expenses (which are the large majority, by the way) possibly add on this type of cost and survive?

I’m not asking rhetorically here. I really don’t have a clue how this could be implemented. What am I missing?


Filed under College Football, It's Just Bidness, Media Punditry/Foibles, The NCAA

3 responses to “The cost of taking the high road

  1. peacedog

    Too many people seem to omit (whether willfully or accidentaly) Title IX from the equation when they touch on this subject. I’m not sure why – I suppose because they tend to be so focused on TV and bowl game revenue that they lose site of the big picture.


  2. masivatack

    Personally, I would think that a Stipend of some sort would suffice. I do not think that these kids should be paid more than Professors or Coaches (or any other University Employee for that matter), that would open up a pandora’s box of entitlement and recruiting shenanigans, but for goodness sake, the D1A schools who do make these crazy profits off of these kids (most of which will never see NFL money), should find a way to create a standard for a D1A school to put 500 bucks a month in an account for these guys.


  3. LT

    ESPN ran a special on this last year I think. I don’t remember too much about it, but one of the figures that struck me was that only 10 to 15 percent of colleges make money off of their athletics. The vast majority of schools actually lose money. Smaller schools would be devestated if atheletes were given money. Atheletes at UGA eat at the number one dining hall in the nation and sleep in some pretty nice dorms, and if they don’t live in dorms their given a reasonable sized check to find a place off campus. Students with no money can apply for pell grant and get plenty of money to live for the semester. I had a friend who played football at West GA and a few of his friends blew pell grant on big screen TVs and other high priced items because so much of their college expenses were already paid for.