Somebody in the great state of Mississippi has had enough of players not giving their all in some weak-ass bowl game.
With the NCAA now starting to get on board with the idea, Mississippi Democrat Omeria Scott has proposed legislation to pay college athletes in the state of Mississippi.
One interesting thing about this bill is that it’s based on performance, not of the individual but of the team. The bill calls for “every University eligible for a postseason bowl game to place into an escrow account 33% of all revenue received by the University for being accepted into, participating in, and winning a bowl game.” [Emphasis added.]
Got that? You want some money, student-athletes? You’d better show him how much. The man intends to put the play back in “play for pay”.
Sounds like Representative Scott lost a bowl bet. Although at least he’s not requiring that they cover the spread, too.
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Both ole miss and miss st not only won their bowl games but both covered, fwiw.
I thought there was already a plan in place to pay players at Ole Miss. They just do it behind closed doors.
Certainly not endorsing government intervention here but the fact about apathetic performance by many teams and players is true. I feel too much emphasis is placed on bowl results, especially when it comes to evaluating relative conference strengths and pre-season rankings. Coaches have wide variances in how they approach bowl games, and it clearly means more to some teams than others. Bowls are just exhibition games whose primary importance is the extra practice time.
Putting a cash incentive could certainly change that, but it isn’t going to happen. I do think RS players should be allowed to participate as a reward for their practice contributions over the August through December period. And it gives them a chance to showcase what fans can expect next year.
33% of revenues is ridiculous.
How can such a practice not be gambling? You have to win to get the money.