Have you heard these three words before? "It's just business", As a Athlete it usually means your out the door. In Arena ball, you are going pack your bags and hope someone else wants you, because you now have no place to live. I never understood the line at that level, because the business is severely broken. But in the NFL, CFL and College Football, it is really just business. The talent pool is growing deeper and deeper, while the money is now actually getting less. The NFL is losing revenue and their ratings have been down, due to the fact of parents not wanting their children playing football, in fear of head injuries. That is my conclusion, but Forbes has a very valid point that "Over-Saturation", has caused this collapse in ratings. Thursday night Football is down %25 and needs to be eliminated for many reasons, including player safety. In my opinion, as Pro Athlete's it should not matter what night you play on. But you must consider the amount of rest and preparation they are getting in such a limited amount of time. Let's move on to College Athlete's getting paid! "We are getting closer to the first days of the much-celebrated cost of attendance (COA). It goes into effect Aug. 1 and represents an unprecedented cash dump into the laps of athletes". This is a exert from a CBS article that alert's us to the Cost of Attendance or (COA), that is when Athlete's will begin to start expecting cash for playing a sport. "COA is the calculated difference between the traditional scholarship (room, board, books, tuition) and other living expenses (clothing, laundry, insurance, even a one-time computer expense). The average student-athlete will receive $2,000-$5,000 extra per school year". Now as you will read in the CBS article, this number is going to be much different at school's like Kansas State. Some school's value's are going to be calculated in a way, that you can receive 15-20 thousand extra dollars to play your sport, on top of your scholarship. This to me is where the playing field gets uneven and the school's who value the most will have a unfair advantage in the recruiting game. I do believe College Athlete's should be paid a stipend (Like the NAIA did for me), but it should be the same across the landscape of College Football or this is going to get sticky. Here is a exert from Kansas State's AD, " "With this whole thing we've done horrible jobs as athletic directors and institutions explaining all the benefits athletes are currently getting," Kansas State AD John Currie said. I would like to say thank you to my Guidance Counselors and Coaches for always being on top of these matters, even while I was being a wild child. You actually taught me a lot of what is wrong with today, in a very positive way. See you all should know where the MONEY is AT! Not for you, but for your student-athlete, who may not have the funds to attend College. You should know every rule inside and out, WHY? Because it's your DAG GUM JOB! You are paid to guide, well then please show them every opportunity possible. The bigger dilema here is the money isn't for you, so you really do not care, as the counselor. Most High School coaches I have dealt with have put up a wall and do not want to be dealt with, when it comes to recruiting. Then you look up their past seasons of winning and no commits to college and you understand their is a issue. So if College Athlete's are now receiving money for their play, will they be able to make money off their likeness? They are over 18 years old, which makes them a adult. A pop star can make millions off their likeness at 18, why can't a Adult Athlete? Especially when you know the revenue these College Football programs bring in. "The world has changed. College athletics will change further if legal challenges succeed against the so-called collegiate model". Yes we know how much money you make from sports. The Recruiting advantage is going to be unreal when you involve cash, "In the Big Ten alone, Penn State leads the conference able to offer $5,748 per player according to this report. A Penn State official said the number will be more like $4,700-$4,800. According to the report, Purdue can offer only $1,900. More to the point, Ohio State can offer $3,128 compared to Michigan's $2,452. Would that $672 difference push a kid to become a Buckeye rather than a Wolverine"? So how much money do these power school's bring in? Below I listed the 5 power conferences and their revenue streams. This is why big time College Football Coaches make more than NFL coaches. Not having to pay the players anything has really paid off for everyone involved. All in all we are going in the right direction when it comes to fairness, but we still have a long way to go!
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