Such a deal

For the “college players’ compensation includes the fabulous job training and development the schools provide” crowd, here’s a play in three acts.



Eh, make it a double, Mr. Hale.

Yeah, but you can’t put a price tag on splashing in a cool waterfall, David.


Filed under It's Just Bidness, The NCAA

15 responses to “Such a deal

  1. Jack Burton

    Imagine getting access to 5 star training facilities, housing, meals, education for up to 4 years FOR FREE to play a sport you (should) love. Oh yeah and national exposure as well.



  2. Gaskilldawg

    I have a colleague who was an NFL player’s agent. He told me about the cost to him of upfronting those prospects’ pre-draft expenses, and he told me that even with an agency contract it is a cutthroat environment with other agents. Other agents would talk to his guys about how they could guarantee a higher draft slot, trying to get them to break the contracts.

    His last straw was a hometown kid. You would recognize the name. He was a star offensive lineman from one of our annual rivals; the kid’s mother is my colleague’s cousin. My colleague had helped the kid all his life, like paying rec ball registrations, taking him to camps and taking him to unofficial college visits. The kid did not project as a first rounder but, with a good combine, could be a low second round pick but certainly a third.

    My colleague sank a bunch into renting an apartment, paying for training and paying living expenses, then at the combine, the kid tested positive for marijuana.

    His stock sank at the combine. The colleague got unanimous feedback that such an error in judgment turn teams off and the kid would be a second day pick because of it. My colleague was unfront with the client about expectations. A few days after the combine the kid telephoned, all pissed, saying my colleague hadn’t “done shit” to get him a second round selection and Agent X had told him that HE knows how to get him second round money, and he was firing my colleague and hiring X.

    To this day the kid has not repaid a dime of the money my colleague spent on pre-draft expenses.

    That was the last straw for my colleague and he decided to get out of the NFL Player’s Agent business.


    • Gurkha Dawg

      I’m curious, do u know where the kid was drafted and how he has done since. But it probably doesn’t matter, I think we know how the story will end.


    • The Dawg abides

      To me, this story is a great example for the smoking-while-playing debate. To qualify things, I’m all for legalization. But that’s not the issue. People always get bogged down in the ‘should it be legal or remain illegal’ debate when athletes (specifically their own guys) get busted.
      The example you gave is exactly why players with pro aspirations should pay attention. If you put in the time and effort to prepare for the most important tryout/job interview of your life and you don’t have the self discipline to put the weed down for a few months, then in NFL execs’ view, you’ve shown poor enough judgment that you’re not worth the risk of a high pick.


      • Tony Barnfart

        I agree. It’s not really any different than a manager/coach saying I need you to show up at 225lbs and then you show up at 248lbs…. actually, it’s easier to just not smoke weed.


  3. Macallanlover

    For those of us who feel the full time scholly isn’t exploiting anyone, the support cost and expertise they receive for the athletic department is much more valuable than $100K a full year. And this non-appreciated benefit value is in addition to whatever value is assigned for tuition, tutors, education, room & board, COA, etc, but a life of memories and experiences many would not have had. Quite a valuable package for an unpolished “intern”.

    So, perhaps north of $300K each, annually, for a non-polished group of athletes pursuing their dreams is fair? What we have is a “failure to communicate”, and a big difference in how “exploitation” is defined.

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    • CB

      Uh, I attended Georgia and had a great time, but I damn sure wouldn’t have paid $300k for the experience.


      • David K

        I had an amazing time in Athens getting my degree. However, without the Hope/Zell Miller I seriously question the cost of attending today. And even with Hope/Zell Miller that’s even a stretch. As long as people are willing to go 6 digits into debt to pay for a degree, universities will continue to push costs and fees higher and higher. UGA freshmen are required to live on campus and pay their exorbitant fees. The student loan business is a racket. Seriously the whole system is pretty effed up. Be a plumber or electrician or welder. Make $100K plus in a few years after apprenticing. Own your own business. Debt for life for a history degree is a highly questionable decision.


  4. Squatch

    So a select few of these kids get money thrown at them in helping to prepare for their possible multimillion dollar NFL career after having to endure the travesty of being an all expense paid D1 college athlete for what? Three years in Athens?

    Oh the humanity!


  5. Junkyardawg41

    The comments make me chuckle. The idea that “top” players get $100K for training and don’t have to pay a dime is a “little” misleading. It’s not like these agents are doing this from the bottom of their heart. They see the spend as an investment in their own pockets. (Not unlike the institution itself). Also note, the word TOP. And let’s not forget, these players actually have a body of work to pull from. You look at other high paid professions like Doctors and Lawyers, and they have never practiced medicine nor the law and they could walk into a job out of the top schools making (say Harvard) and make $160K to $143K, respectively. Note, I am not trying to equate the physical tolls between professions just merely pointing out I think the argument that a player who is preparing for the draft is worth X is a bit misleading. IMO, I don’t think spending that kind of money prepares the players that better it is just a marketing tool to get the player to sign with the agent. It isn’t a splashing waterfall but it serves practically the same purpose.