Dick Harmon: Ed O'Bannon case could rock NCAA's money stream

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  • RBB Sandy, UT
    Sept. 24, 2014 9:23 p.m.

    And who exactly benefits from the Taj Mahal athletic facilities? It is not the average college student. If you attend Stanford on scholarship you are making $50,000 (in tuition) plus room, board, clothes - not to mention tutors, etc. That applies whether you a star basketball player or riding the bench in field hockey. This lawsuit will help a few athletes and will cause many border-line schools to simply close their athletic programs.

  • Scott1 Quiet Neighborhood, UT
    June 19, 2014 9:40 a.m.

    I suppose we should also start paying high school and junior high kids a portion of the gate fees for playing sports. Do I really want to attend a university that pays people who voluntarily go skiing, play soccer, run cross country or sit on the end of the basketball bench while playing maybe 2 minutes per game.

    I agree it is annoying that Bogut and Jimmer do not collect on jerseys sold or their image being used, but they also benefited by free exposure in large arenas and TV contracts they didn't pay a dime to build. These large universities build their reputation and fan following over decades and these players benefit from it for a year or two until they jump into the big leagues. Try instead getting your skills advertised on Youtube alone and see if that propels you to the NBA.

  • Kaladin Northern, CO
    June 19, 2014 8:29 a.m.

    Once the courts rule that college athletes should be paid many schools will stop playing because they won't have the funding. So what these guys are really doing is destroying college athletics.

  • Seldom Seen Smith Orcutt, CA
    June 18, 2014 11:34 p.m.

    Can professional sports, including D-! football and basketball, get any more perverted, decadent. Oh well, everything comes to an end.

    I'm in agreement with "Hamath", BYU Idaho has the right idea, BYU Provo and the University of Utah, Not.

  • Johnny Moser Thayne, WY
    June 18, 2014 10:13 p.m.

    I like Ironhide's idea. Two part earnings, a small stipend that gets them money for a movie or a dinner out in town and an investment portion. Treat the "earnings" invested just like our 401K employer contributions, finish school and graduate and you get it. No graduation within a period of time then it is returned to the employer. NCAA is already tracking that kind of graduation statistic so it just gives the stars a better reason to finish their degree. Won't make a difference to the kid that declares early, they don't care about a few thousand dollars when the Pros are dangling million dollar signing bonuses.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    June 18, 2014 8:18 p.m.

    I really like that idea. Makes a lot of sense..,I would say give it to them after they declare for the draft though. Once they make the decision to leave "amateur sports" pay them what they've earned.

    The thing that frustrates me about all this is that CFB is essentially becoming minor league football. And I don't want to watch minor league football...I will invest more of my time and money on the real professionals in the NFL. Gone are the days of school spirit & love of the game...sad.

  • Ironhide Salt Lake City, UT
    June 18, 2014 7:28 p.m.

    I know the possibility for corruption enters the picture with any mention of compensation but I say cut these athletes a check when they graduate. Yes, graduate. If they leave early to make big money, they forfeit the cut. Make it part of compliance reporting, which I know isn't flawless, but this maintains a semblence of amaturism while giving these young people a piece of what they earned the school by percentage, individual jersey sales and image marketing

  • Hamath Omaha, NE
    June 18, 2014 6:52 p.m.

    It's the end of college sports as we know it. BYU-I's decisions several years ago are looking smarter and smarter to bring college sporting fun back to amateurism and make it more available for all the students.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    June 18, 2014 6:38 p.m.

    It's well past time to cut the athletes in for a part of the billions of dollars colleges and universities make off them.

    Thought this suit focuses on just an athletes image or likeness, the time has come to figure out some way to spread the the wealth around in the form of a stipend which every athlete should receive and not just a scholarship. Athletes can see what's going on around them, millions of dollars in new facilities, thousands of fans and everybody but them ... raking in money.

    The era of the amateur college athlete is dead.

    If colleges and universities don't want to start paying the athletes, then it is time for them to say "goodbye" to fielding teams that represent the school and just focus on intramural sports.