If the NCAA really believes the bullshit it cranks out about amateurism, should it lose the Alston case, would anything really change?
Of course, the NCAA doesn’t really believe its own bullshit.
In other words, every time one of you amateurism romantics argues some version of an affordability problem with regard to free market compensation, you’re undermining the NCAA’s antitrust defense. Because if paying players really is a disastrous move, no school would be crazy enough to risk its business over that.
I keep saying it, but the most defensible position on the status quo is to simply say “I don’t like players being paid” and stop. Once you try to offer some sort of economic justification, the argument goes off the wheels.