Longhorns quarterback Sam Ehlinger wants you to think for a moment.
“Consider a full-time unpaid internship that requires 1-4 years of participation with a minimum 40-hour work week,” Ehlinger tweeted Thursday evening. “This internship generates millions of dollars for your company, and billions of dollars for the broadcasting companies that cover your industry.”
The case to pay collegiate athletes isn’t new. Nor is the parallel that Ehlinger, a junior in UT’s McCombs School of Business, make. But Ehlinger continued in follow-up tweets:
“Within this internship, you risk your short-term and long-term health on a daily basis. You endure this internship with less than a 2% chance to advance in your industry and obtain a full-time paid job. Would you accept this position?
“Now consider the full-time unpaid internship as College Athletics and the full-time paid job as Professional Sports.”
But some of the side benefits are awesome. Why, just this week, the NCAA generously agreed to extend the unpaid internship period for a couple of teams another week! I mean, helping ESPN make a few extra bucks is bound to look good on the ol’ resume, amirite? You sure can’t put a price tag on that. Where’s the gratitude?