In a way, I hate to keep picking on Clay Travis, but… this is a dumb analogy.
11. Do you blame the Newton family if allegations of soliciting cash prove true?
Here’s the rub: no, I really don’t. As I’ve written and said a thousand times, my position is simple. If you’re 18 years old, you should be able to make a living pursuing your chosen talent. The only people who can’t in the entire United States are college football and basketball players. For some reason, we require that they serve an apprenticeship at college that makes universities a ton of money.
Again, we don’t demand that Taylor Swift sing in the Vanderbilt chorus. Nope, we let her go pro.
Okay, fine. Except “let her go pro” isn’t the same thing as saying that Vanderbilt pays her.
The NCAA doesn’t take the position that an eighteen-year old football player can’t get paid for his skills/services. It’s only that if he does, he can’t play college football.
So this whole “we require” straw man is a load of crapola. Unless by “we” you mean “NFL team owners”. And by “for some reason”, you mean “we’d rather not spend a bunch of money developing a minor league system, thanks.”
Other than that, it’s spot on.