Man, this may be the longest exposition on why college athletes shouldn’t be paid I’ve ever read. For all its faux anguish, it boils down to little more than Colin Cowherd’s much more succinct “Listen, 90 percent of these college guys are gonna spend it on tats, weed, kicks, Xbox’s, beer and swag.”
Again, if you’re a regular college student (or, for that matter, a former professional athlete with a bank account playing a different sport as an amateur in college), there’s nothing stopping you from doing the same thing with your hard-earned money. And if the problem is, in the author’s words, that, “… if a player receives significant compensation for an ad campaign, he wouldn’t have much incentive to try very hard in the classroom”, isn’t that a reason not to let any college student make good money while attending school?
If you buy into this bullshit, either no college kid should be entrusted with the use of their own funds, or there’s a problem specific to student-athletes. If it’s the latter, isn’t that a good reason not to give special consideration to admitting them into school in the first place?
There’s something sketchy about this concern and I don’t have a hard time putting my finger on what that is. I’ll leave you to draw your own conclusions about that.