It seems like the only thing this week that’s been more fast and furious than reactions to the new California law is the impeachment inquiry. (NOTE: that’s a colorful analogy, not an invitation to a special Playpen edition, so don’t even think about going there in the comments.)
Anyway, some bullet points for you today:
- Per College Football Talk, Seton Hall University released a poll on Thursday that found 60 percent of the 714 American adults polled agreed that college athletes should be allowed to market their own names, compared to only 32 percent opposed.
- The New York Times has a background piece on what went on leading up to the Fair Play for Pay Act’s passage. Bottom line: the schools and NCAA did a poor lobbying job.
- The Onion has a take.
- Noted socialist David French has a piece in a left wing journal supporting player compensation.
- It’s the same old song.
- You will no doubt be surprised to discover Barry Alvarez is “very concerned”.
- And Nick Aliotti, former Oregon Ducks defensive coordinator, wants to throw players a teeny bone: a small monthly stipend ($300-a-month limit) for all NCAA football players that could be loaded on a debit card.
- Speaking of surprises, “This is just a new form of professionalism and a different way of converting students into employees,” Emmert said. “(They may be) paid in a fashion different than a paycheck, but that doesn’t make them not paid.”