I almost feel like I need to pin this post as a permanent answer to those who ask me why I like college football as much as I do, despite the way it treats the hired help. Here’s David Hale’s take:
The only thing I can add to that is to say that those who see player compensation as the red line that ruins college football forever, despite every over the top commercial decision schools and the NCAA have implemented over the past two decades that have steadily degraded the sport, have a remarkable ability to hold their noses. That’s part of the problem, which the NCAA and schools are more than happy to exploit.
There’s absolutely no reason they can’t do better. They should be held accountable to do so, if for no other reason than to preserve the good things that Hale references.