Wednesday, March 30th, 2011 at 12:33 pm  |  65 responses

HBO Real Sports to Expose the NCAA

A very controversial topic over the years, regarding the NCAA, has been whether or not they should be paying the same student-athletes that have brought in billions of dollars of revenue into their pockets. The NCAA takes in annual revenues of more than $757,000,000, according to Real Sports. The overall college sports industry generates billions annually. From TV rights fees, to merchandising and ticket sales, big-time football and basketball programs and everyone else involved in the business are cashing in on the star players, except the main attractions themselves.  

And so Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel will be airing a one-hour special tonight covering the state of college sports in America. Winners of 21 Sports Emmys in 15 years, the show will feature a roundtable panel with Billy Packer, Rich Rodriguez, Jason Whitlock and Jeff Orleans.

Aside from the roundtable, the program will also document a few former student-athletes and their whereabouts, analyzing how they got to their currents jobs and their feeling about not receiving a single dime from the millions they made for their programs.

Our friends at HBO sent us a copy of this very intriguing and controversial one-hour special. And without giving away too much, we thought it would be cool to give our readers a sneak peak of some of the ways in which this must-see broadcast journalism flick exposes the NCAA:   

There are two segments that will lead to the roundtable discussion. The segments feature Tyrone Prothro, a former wide receiver at the University of Alabama, Ed O’Bannon – former UCLA basketball star, and Rigo Nunez – former UMass basketball standout.

Prothro suffered fractures on both major bones as a junior in 2005, and is now working as a bank teller just down the block from the same stadium where he once starred. According to the show, the University of Alabama’s football program made $125 million in his three years with the Crimson Tide. But not a penny was or has ever been given to him.

Ed O’Bannon starred at UCLA, and in 1995 he was named the country’s college basketball player of the year and the NCAA’s Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player. He even played in the NBA for a couple of seasons. But he now works at Findlay Toyota in Las Vegas as a car-dealer. Looking back and feeling “short-changed” by the NCAA, he has decided to take matters into his own hand and filed a lawsuit against the NCAA.  He states that if the NCAA could make money off him, then he should also be getting compensated. Two-dozen other former student-athletes have joined in on the fight against the NCAA since.

Aside from digging into the former player’s lives, the documentary goes on to examine the NCAA’s 2009 Tax filings. In it, they discovered that fourteen top-tier executives made an average salary of $425,000. The top official for the Sugar Bowl made over $645,000. The University of Georgia, who won that year, was awarded over 18 million dollars.

According to the findings by Real Sports, after reviewing some of the scholarship contracts student-athletes must sign, students must waive their rights. At some schools, the contracts clearly states “forever and throughout the universe,” speaking of the length they’ve waived their rights.

So in other words, the sneaker companies, the athletic programs, the coaches, the media companies, the NCAA executives and all the corporate sponsors are cashing in, but what about the players?

That’s exactly where the Real Sports roundtable discussion comes in and some answers and solutions are sought. Don’t miss it tonight, exclusively on HBO, at 10:00 p.m. (ET). A can’t-miss special for any sports fan. For more information, you can visit their official website

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  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2011/03/ricky-rubio-open-to-signing-with-timberwolves-next-year/ X

    College Basketball & Football is nothing more than modern day slavery…Do The Right Thing and pay the players not now but right now

  • http://twitter.com/4point0show Wes

    “forever and throughout the universe,” That’s intergalactic gangsterism…

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    The NCAA should’ve just used the term, “to infinity and beyond” because that’s how bogus that contract is. Word to Buzz Lightyear.

  • http://pickandroll.tumblr.com/ airs

    modern day slavery? it might be, if these people were forced to play in the NCAA. they chose it, but i digress. i think they SHOULD get some money, its ridiculous how much these people make off these kids.
    also, i wish i had HBO. damn it.

  • Cizzo

    They might as well save themselves the court fees… The NCAA is unstopable… Their on of the most powerful illegal and and legitamate entities in the World!

  • Riggs

    @airs: for some if not most, if they dont play they dont go to college.

  • Slips

    After watching the fab 5 and runnin rebels documentaries, I’m actually very interested in this. The NCAA is such a shady business, yet more often than not they’re targeting the players to make examples out of them. The runnin rebels documentary made this especially clear. Looking forward to the show tonight.

  • http://nobulljive.com Enigmatic

    “White people like Wayne Brady cause he makes Bryant Gumbel look like Malcolm X.”
    My bad y’all, just came from that Boozer/Prince post where everyone was dropping Chapelle Show quotes.

  • http://pickandroll.tumblr.com/ airs

    @riggs, i got you. i do believe they should be compensated. still though, slavery seems too strong a word. it’s more like, i can’t even think of the right word. extortion? thats not it, im not sure how to say it.
    but as much hard work there is in putting into your basketball game, others could put the same effort in hitting the books. odds are against a lot of them either way
    but thats a whole other can of worms i don’t really wanna open

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxBEFe8VxzU&feature=branded X

    Slavery is defined as uncompensated labor…

  • bull22

    yeah, those players mentioned in this article and all ncaa players should get paid something.
    sports is a business, and that should say it all.

  • Lloyd

    How do the scholarships work for these players? I don’t think they need to be paid, but maybe if their entire schooling was paid for and maybe meals covered in someway…that should be enough. Realistically, they’re there to get an education first, play ball second. The ones that cry foul are the ones who should get their priorities straight.

  • http://pickandroll.tumblr.com/ airs

    forced* uncompensated labor. otherwise it could be called volunteer work.

  • Heals

    I hope the tide is turning and there will be too many cracks in the dam for the NCAA plug up. White, middle-aged males in high places are raking it in; at least if they aren’t going to pay athletes stop letting these CEO’s and Prez’s get rich. Death to the BCS is a GREAT read for those interested in similar issues…

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxBEFe8VxzU&feature=branded X

    How is it volunteer work when your bosses, i.e. plantation owners, composed of college coaches, athletic directors, & conference administrators (Fiesta Bowl Executives ?!?!?!?!) are pulling down 6 to 7 figures when they’re not responsible for the product on the field?

  • http://pickandroll.tumblr.com/ airs

    …i didnt say it was volunteer work, i said your definition of slavery could be construed as volunteer work. i also said the players should be paid as well.

  • ilan

    if you took just 10% of the 757 million dolllars of revenue and split it between 10,000 (a liberal estimate for d1 student atheletes), each student could get a 150$ living stipend per week, or 7500 per year. This is still a little less than what i think would be fair (more like 10k a year), but still it’s something. More talented studnets would stay longer, ultimatel;y making the game better, b/c of more talent, which could result in more revenue. Not to mention that if universities took care of their athletes better, the athletes would be more likely to reciprocate with donations beyond graduation.

  • http://slamonline.com zoom

    I have about 100 different problems with the NCAA regarding their treatment of college athletes, however the issue of education is almost never discussed. If athletes are somehow compensated monetarily–which I believe they should be–what then happens to the free education part? While only a fraction of college athletes actually have pro aspirations, most are there to get degrees like the rest of the student body. For every athlete that’s using college purely as a spring board to the pros there’s a kid who only wants a degree, but can’t get that seat in a class because a temporary athlete/student is using that seat and that scholarship money. That has always bothered me.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwiDQ4x66_g&feature=related X
  • kingrichard

    Most of the high profile athletes get compensated, it’s called a scholarship. Look into how much it cost for tuition/room and board at Mich. (Currently over 24 thousand for in state students and over 48 thousand for out of state students per year) That’s not compensation? These are educational institutions giving free educations to athletes. Does Harvard or Yale owe high profile academians money because they help maintain the high standards of their university thus, perpetuating students to want to go to Harvard or Yale? I think not. Plus the logistics of this would be staggering. Would each athlete get paid the same or would starters earn more than bench players? Would each program get compensated equally? Which programs would get compensated? Would it be based on need or based on program success?

  • rich

    what degree did this guy go to become a car salesman after? do u even need a degree from ucla for that? i think an education from ucla for kids who otherwise wouldnt go there is pretty worth it. that being said, i still think they should get something but not a handout. maybe a bursary for things that are school related or maybe something towards a pension, but you dont go to school to buy a cadilac. BASKETBALL IS NOT A CAREER for most people and i dont see why this is so hard to understand. i know you guys have hs games on tv a lot in the states and if they have a game in the staples center and charge tickets, should hs kids get paid too? no paycheques for playing ball in school, they should be compansated but not like this

  • Roberto

    This is a very controversial issue and no one will ever be happy with how the system ends, but you can look at it a couple ways. What if the schools said “Okay, we will pay you 20-30K a year to play here, but there is no scholarship and you have to pay for your own tuition, housing, meal plan ect.” The player at that point would be upset about that. It is unfair that these schools are making millions upon millions of dollars by using these students ability to play sports, but at the same time the students are using the school to showcase their talent for a few years, if even that, and then make at least hundreds of thousands dollars in pro sports. My question is how many of these students would be able to attend the school they play for if they weren’t athletes whether it be because of grades or financial reasons? A lot of the big names schools are very expensive to attend, Duke (around 41K a year), Purdue (40K), Ohio State (34K), UNC (45K), UCLA (50K), and also have high grade standards. Some, not all, athletes get to bypass a lot of that with their athletic scholarship. I don’t know about many people, but I couldn’t afford 50K a year to go to college when I was that age, even with grants, scholarships, and student loans.

    There are many student athletes who use their scholarships to earn degrees, they may be the lesser known players, but they take full advantage of what they are given. Myron Rolle is a better known example of this, he used his scholarship at FSU to complete his Pre-Med degree in 2 ½ years. He became a Rhode’s Scholar and being drafted in the NFL. He said he took advice from former NBA player and Rhode’s Scholar Bill Bradley to take advantage because a career in sports can be fleeting, but having an education will last forever and give you something to fall back on. They saw the free education as a chance to better themselves.

    I have seen fellow students who want to become doctors spend more time studying in a day then the athletes who play sports for the very same school. They do not get any recognition, but they work just as hard if not harder. To the people who say they do not bring in money to the school, they are called grants and research fellowships.

    The shame is that both parties use each other and then spit each other out. Neither side truly has a case. Athletes pick and choose they school that they feel will make them look the best to pro scouts, if they don’t get playing time they transfer to a school that will give it to them. Then when they get what they went for, whether it be a year or two or more, they leave. Schools use a player’s name and number to sell jerseys and apparel, if they player gets hurt or ineligible, they will happily get rid of them for the next rising star.

    Athletes should use their free schooling to have something to fall back on just in case their athletic career is a bust or they injure themselves while playing. It is sad to see great players who we watch and admired when we were younger end up at as a car dealer when they could have become more.

  • http://www.redraidersports.com Nicolas Fleming

    D1 athletes get a living expense check every month. Scholarship check covers living and housing. Then the athletes get tuition and books paid for as well. FYI.

  • http://slamonline.com zoom

    This is why a guy like Brandon Jennings gets so much respect for his Europe decision. He knew college wasn’t something he was interested in, so he went to earn a living before entering the draft. I also love the fact that the NCAA didn’t get to profit off of the guy. I wish more kids would consider the option. I also wish Euro leagues didn’t put a limit on the number of American player they allow on teams.

  • jimmer

    There are several hundred thousand science and engineering doctorates living on industry funded stipends so they can produce (by comparison to a salaried employees) R&D that industry, whether mechanical, pharma etc, will use to produce billions of dollars. This is no different. The role of universities in society is a worthwhile topic, of which student athletes symbolise a frankly very small part.

  • jimmer

    ^^ very cheap R&D***

  • JD

    oh my god people you do realise that what the players are getting an education which is equally as valuable as any pay cheques. a lot of these players would have a considerably worse life without scholarships, sure maybe not the POY candidates but many of the other players with scholarships dont go pro and if so there pay wont cover life after basketball and without degrees they have earned they’d be a lot worse off

  • Mr. Carter

    Have you missing like the f**kin O’Bannons. Should be something good to watch. But it also shows that there is much more in the world other than sports and college athletes must learn that the whole world is a business. Ask the guys who bought what Pryor was selling.

  • Saku 39

    Good point, jimmer.

    If it’s tuition, room & board, books, and a small living expense stipend (around 5k), I still think that’s a fair deal.

    Maybe universities can also set up a trust fund for players that can only be accessed after they leave the program. If players want to sell their jerseys or the university directly benefits from the teams’ success (from post-season revenues), the money would be directed to this fund. This would create a legal and transparent way to track funds, yet allow athletes an avenue to profit, at least eventually.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwiDQ4x66_g&feature=related X

    Good points all around. But we all know that an undergraduate degree is pretty much worthless in today’s job market, as is a Masters Degree. I’m not advocating that our youth not attend college but we all know that just because you graduate from a great school like Michigan, Duke or Texas doesn’t mean you won’t end up back home at your parents a few weeks after graduation. How many (mostly) African-American kids from low income neighborhoods have the business and network connections that their (mostly) White counterparts have that they then use from Mommy & Daddy to garner 6 figure jobs on Wall Street and at Fortune 500 companies? It’s been well documented that black college players with degrees are less likely to get those high-paying “Scholarship For Life” jobs that their white counterparts. So to even the tide, pay the top (and even 2nd tier) players the same that their coaches and administrators make so they can use that money to create their own businesses and then uplift their families socio-economic status.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwiDQ4x66_g&feature=related X

    Edit….”that their white counterparts HAVE”….

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    People who talk about the value of the education athletes receive clearly don’t have a clue about how the system works for football and basketball players at major programs.
    Check out the flak Myron Rolle got from FSU when he decided to be pre-med and when he decided to try to become a Rhodes Scholar. His commmittment to the “program” was promptly questioned, and that partially led to him slipping in the draft.
    The schedule big time recruits have creates some serious difficulties when it comes to getting a degree. It doesn’t make it impossible, but it makes it mightly tough.
    And, if players don’t perform on the court, their one-year contract, which are what scholarships actually are, won’t get renewed.
    I know cats that it happened too.’

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    @ X: I think you’re oversimplifying the problem just a tad bit. Not everything has to do with connections. Not every profession has to do with a corporate position, either. And disparaging the worth of an undergraduate degree is no excuse not to attend college…

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Also, can we please stop throwing around the word “slavery” just to be dramatic? The college basketball circuit is a form of exploitation, but even comparing it to slavery does a disservice both to these kids and to, you know, ACTUAL slavery…

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Co-sign zoom and Roberto.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    *slaves, not slavery.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    While I agree that slavery gets thrown around cavalierly, I’m tired of people acting like they can’t see the links between certain activities today, and slavery.
    No, the NCAA, or NFL or NBA are not as heinous as plantations. Yes, the athletes get benefits and their participation is voluntary.
    But that doesn’t mean that the same sort of explotative power dynamic doesn’t exist.
    People are either trying to remove slavery completely from the discussion, or whitewashing what it actually entailed to make it more palatable.

  • FightsBearz

    MANY OF THEM GET A FREE EDUCATION, THAT SEEMS LIKE COMPENSATION ENOUGH. Maybe if student athletes took their education seriously they wouldn’t end up, for example, working at a Toyota dealership.

  • http://nobulljive.com Enigmatic


  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwiDQ4x66_g&feature=related X

    Bob Knight cracked a whip at a Final Four press conference for god sakes?!!?!?!?!

    People want to push slavery under the table, but why can a college co-ed who doesn’t pay tuition (b/c their parents do) go get a part time job to get some spending money but a player can’t?

    The lasting effects of slavery stand because majority white sports like: tennis, golf, hockey and baseball players from high school can go pro directly from high school yet predominately black sports like: basketball and football force kids to put on efforts on the field that first pay shoe companies, coaches, AD’s and Conference executives exorbitant salaries.

    It’s not by accident that the predominately black sports are one way while the predominantly white sports are another. That’s why it’s slavery.

  • http://slamonline.com zoom

    @ Flightbears: Most college athletes actually do take their education seriously. Only a small number are actually thinking about the pros. As Allenp and X touched on, the schools and coaches don’t always make the enviornment conducive to earning a degree of value. When you get these “advisors” telling you to take classes like American Television & Film because they’re easy to keep you academically eligible, it’s hard to earn a degree that can pay the bills upon graduation. Meanwhile, the school and NCAA earned millions off of the students success on the field or hardwood. That’s not fair either. Myron Rolle is an exception, not the rule when it comes to student-athlete academic success…My problem with the system is that it doesn’t just affect the athletes involved. The money obviously doesn’t fully trickle down to the non-athletes either. Big wigs have these enormous salaries, tuition doesn’t go down, academic scholarships don’t go up etc. Look at the Fiesta Bowl mess as an example of all of these officials making hundreds of thousands of dollars in compensation, whether they’re doing the right thing or not. All the students are getting shafted, not just the athletes.

  • http://slamonline.com ujangapri

    To the people asking how scholarships ot the NCAA works, maybe you should read about it first before commenting in here? Seriously.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Institutional racism and slavery, while inherently linked, ARE NOT THE SAME THING. CAPS LOCK.

  • Kazaam

    Free scholarship, education, housing, food, tight kicks, elite experience, exposure. Why would a place that uses its resources to grant acceptance to the world have to put a cherry ontop of a really good sundae with reese’s n stuff.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    @ X: Also, I don’t buy that whole “Majority white sports like baseball…” bit. Sure, most baseball players aren’t forced to go through the college circuit, but they still have to join the minor leagues first. I realize that they get paid, but if they don’t make the majors, what happens next?
    With college football and basketball players, at least they get the opportunity to study something useful and worthwhile in college, so that the majority of them can find a career outside of sports–it doesn’t always happen, but the opportunity is THERE at least.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Also, bringing up the point that predominantly white sports (golf, hockey, etc.) allow players to play professionally straight out of high school is valid, but it’s a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT DISCUSSION. If a basketball player is good enough to make the pros, a one-and-done in college does NOTHING to harm his career. If anything, these athletes are the ones who suffer the least.
    The college athletes who suffer most from the NCAA’s restrictions are the ones who won’t make the pros–the ones who know they aren’t going to make the NBA, and STILL aren’t allowed to make some money on the side to support either themselves or their families. These players are the ones we should be paying more attention to–not the guys who go on to make millions of dollars in the NBA.
    Completely different discussions here, X. Also, have you ever thought of the consequences of an athlete (for instance, a hockey player) playing in the minor leagues without a college education, and NOT making the pros?

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Again, let’s stop the exaggerations here. It definitely isn’t slavery.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    I agree with most of what you’re saying though, X. Also, nice link.

  • Blasphemy

    Slavery is and was a vile, sinister ugly side of human beings. What the NCAA is doing to those athletes isn’t slavery. Is it blatant exploitation? Yes. Is it a example of greed and the disease of more? Most definitely its a business.

    Are they getting these kids from a foreign country, putting them in ships chained together as animals, abolishing their history and taking away their freedom? No.

    What the NCAA is doing to these athletes looks like a minor nuisance. Please. Saying its slavery is just a form of hyperbole. But Im glad someone is calling out NCAA.

  • Towelie

    Atleast put some money into the schools.

  • dma

    some of you that say the students are getting educations must be blind. a lot of these athletes barely go to class and pass with Cs, just enough to get by, or attend class until their respective sport season is over. how are they supposed to study when they have practices, sometimes 2-a-days, tape reviews, game days, game shoot arounds, media days, therapy, etc… when i was a student, i had a full time schedule, and worked 20 hours a week. and i barely passed my classes. i know damn well that athletes put in more than 20 hours a week “working”

  • Ali

    My man Jas Whit said it best…

    Smart people need to figure out a way to financially compensate the football and basketball players who generate the cash. Title IX is not a legitimate excuse to maintain the status quo. This is America. The people who produce the profits are supposed to benefit from those profits.

    Room, board, books and tuition are no longer remotely a fair exchange when coaches and administrators earn lifetime financial security every one to four years.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Mars

    Ya’ll just now realized this? Kanye looking like a genius more and more every year. It’s happening in more than just collegiate sports.

  • Samacuse

    Uh, what took so long? The dominoes are about to fall after the John Junker Fiesta Bowl fiasco…

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDvdBgJdEzU&feature=related X

    Thanks @ Teddy-The-Bear and others; great debate here…A basketball player or football player shouldn’t be punished b/c they’re at the peak of their ability during their college years. Especially if third party companies like EA and 2K Sports are making billions of dollars a year via their video games. I saw the HBO special, it was very sad and it definitely doesn’t add up. Especially when one of the creators of Title IX says the college athlete has no representation (just like slaves), yet the efforts of college football & basketball players drive the majority of profits within the entire college sports industry. It’s funny when those who decry poor African-American’s as welfare recipients at the same time want (mostly) poor African-Americans to fairly distribute their (unrealized) profits so that the woman’s Field Hockey team can afford new uniforms; what a joke.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDvdBgJdEzU&feature=related X

    But cats are getting smart…with the advent of seven on seven football usurping the established power of high school coaches and AAU hoops players at an early age getting the opportunity to financially help their family out before they set foot on a college campus via intermediaries. I hope that Ed O’Bannon wins his lawsuit and the hypocrisy of big time “college” sports is forever abolished.

  • kunal

    some very valid points mentioned earlier by roberto.
    But let’s not forget that most of us got into a game for the love of it. We should be happy given a chance to play at an elite level and at the same time be supported in educational pursuits. Peoples minds bet muddy when money comes into the equation. Not many if any country supports sporting excellence in an academic environment. Plus these student athletes have wasted only 3-4 years in their working lives doing what they love when they should be studying. Student athletes who want money you’ve got no sympathy from me.

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Players who do not perform to a satisfactory manner on the court, and have their scholarships revoked should, in my opinion, be compensated with a monetary settlement that is a portion of what the scholarship is worth.
    If said player(s) is/are to be paid by the NCAA, then they shall be paid accordingly. But they shall also pay for all of their own expenses, as well. If they falter, then they shall be exposed to the real world, in my opinion.

  • Roberto

    dma… everyone has a different experience at college. I was a full time student, worked 40 hrs a week, and volunteer coached 15 hrs a week. That didn’t keep me from being on the deans list at my school. Your argument isn’t based on IF they can do it, but rather DO they want to do it.

  • Jacinda B.

    Nicolas Fleming Posted: Mar.30 at 3:07 pm
    D1 athletes get a living expense check every month. Scholarship check covers living and housing. Then the athletes get tuition and books paid for as well. FYI.

    Thank you Nicole. Y’all have no idea what you’re talking about. Student-athletes are well compensated. There is also a student-athlete assistance fund distributed to all institutions and conference. In addition to post-graduate funds and scholarships, of which I benefited. Nobody wants to put responsibility on the students to take advantage of the opportunities they’re presented with. Slaves? Goodness. I guess if we pay all the DI, BCS FB and MBB players, we can just get rid of all women’s sports association-wide and all of D2 and D3 sports. Many of you are speaking about the BCS Fb and Men’s BB players…ever consider how these asinine suggestion would affect the 395,000 other NCAA athletes?

    The NCAA blame game is getting old. Is anyone going to check who is really making the decisions – the college Presidents of YOUR Alma Maters?

  • Jacinda B.

    PS…title IX IS a legitimate excuse to maintain the status quo….because its the law. But many seem to forget that small school football, men’s basketball,and other sports would be affected as well because they do not generate revenue either. Do you think VCU and Butler men’s hoops were generating revenue before they garnered national attention? How about Duke FB or TCU basketball? You going to pay those players too? There are only a handful of institutions that are in the black…

  • Jacinda B.

    FightsBearz Posted: Mar.30 at 5:59 pm
    MANY OF THEM GET A FREE EDUCATION, THAT SEEMS LIKE COMPENSATION ENOUGH. “Maybe if student athletes took their education seriously they wouldn’t end up, for example, working at a Toyota dealership.”
    x_________ cosign

  • ClydeSays

    I agree that a full scholarship (tuition, books, room, board, meals) is ALOT of money at most of the bigger schools. And if you go down the road of paying athletes, do you just compensate just BB Football & baseball? Those are just 3 of maybe 20+ team sports at some schools.
    I don’t know what the solution is, but the NCAA has got to get this figured out before all American basketball players skip their 1 or 2 years of college and head overseas…

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Damn Roberto, you were took classes AND worked full-time? Good on you, man.

  • Independent Thinker

    I suggest you do your research and do the math.

    NCAA Private Schools tuition cost 40K-50K a year 50K x 4 years = 200,000

    TOP NCAA athletic programs are state schools. State schools college tuition cost 2K-6K a year, 6K x 4 years = 24,000
    ***Most athletic scholarships are coming from state colleges/universities(North Carolina, Michigan, Texas,etc)
    price of tuition does not equal 1 year of multi-millions of dollars PER
    YEAR NCAA Division I programs get for media deals on the performances
    of college athletes. Tell me what money are they getting in their
    pocket?? Even a Bachelors degree doesn’t guarantee any where near that
    type of salary….