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Published: Tuesday, April 1 2014 4:20 p.m. MDT

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Coach Biff
Lehi, UT

Coming from a former collegiate athlete, the answer is a hearty "Yes". A scholarship is payment enough. Today's pampered athletes don't need anything else especially when you consider the perks given them that aren't readily available to the rest of the student body. Why is a football player any more important than your average student? The answer should be very clear. He isn't.

Fitness Freak
Salt Lake City, UT

If college coaches can earn high 6 and even 7 figure salaries, I see no reason whatsoever that players shouldn't demand a piece of that pie.

On the other hand, if the NCAA REALLY wants to keep the big money out of college sports, they SHOULD act like it. The way the NCAA conducts "business" (BIG BUSINESS, BTW)they have no right whatsoever to feel sorry for themselves when athletes start being as demanding as they are regarding dollars.

UTCProgress
American Fork, UT

The answer is "it depends on the athlete".

For most athletes in NCAA sports, a scholarship is a rich reward for the service they provide the school, but for some high profile athletes a scholarship does not even begin to compensate them for the money the school and the NCAA make from the use of their name and image. It has been pointed out that college coaches at top athletic universities make 7 figure salaries. Why is it OK for a coach to demand fair market value for his service but a high profile player must accept that a scholarship is all he is entitled to?

The answer is to let the athletes control their own likeness and profit from the use of the likeness in any way currently legal in our capitalist system. My guess is that is what will eventually happen anyway.

What in Tucket?
Provo, UT

It is the end of intercollegiate athletics. maybe that would be good.

My2Cents
Taylorsville, UT

Tuition and education is hardly the focus of college and high school sports and sports is evovled into a buisness and education is collateral learning if the students want to get an education.

Education departments and schools expect to make money and profit from their athletes and if they don't perform and make the schools money they are dropped from the schools. The least these athlete should be paid is a percentage of the gross profit from the games and each student to receive equal pay regardless of position or hours or popularity of players. Player should share an equal percentage of the profits and no scholarships or other education benefits. The only criteria to be students is grade average and member of the team and pay their own tuition as an employee of the schools. Players must also remain with school entire 4 years of college, no dropouts or transfers mid term of employment.

They do deserve a share of the profits if the school receives or profits from players. If the schools don't use the teams for financial gains then teams and students can receive scholarships.

USAlover
Salt Lake City, UT

With practice lasting 4-6 hours a day and travel taking up every other weekend and the NCAA forbidding any athletes from working during the season, then a hearty YES in that athletes be given an addition to their stipend.

And let's be honest...football and basketball make all the money. So consideration needs to be given to the fact that a girls lacrosse player should NOT be given the same as a football player.

I ran into Jay Bilas in New York last summer and he told me all additional money should go into escrow, increasing amount by year (as an incentive to stay in school)and dispensed only according to academic/social performance.

So On
Largo, FL

Here's a solution, tweak it problem solved. As part of the NCAA Clearinghouse all high school students currently establish their college eligibility status. My plan is at that time every high school athlete become eligible for a professional draft. With emphasis on if every athlete, every gender, every sport negotiates a contract with the drafter. The negotiation/contract decides what happens next, compete at a professional level or at that time pursue a college education either University or Jr College. If continuing their education and refining their skill is decided on then it is the drafting team, athlete, parent, agent’s responsibility to fund that education. . The process is fundamentally a modified version of Major League Baseball’s draft and follows progression. The recruiting practice between the College and the athlete essentially remains the same coach’s recruit, kids take visits and choose where they go to get their education. If the athlete isn’t drafted then the value and the purpose of the athlete scholarship really show, the providing the opportunity for a high school athlete to continue their education.

Kirk R Graves
West Jordan, UT

How about just shutting down collegiate sports all together. They are a distraction from the real purpose of the University, educating.

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