Unionization attempts, pay for play, player product endorsements etc. issues are threatening the very existence of college football, he says.
Retired University of Georgia football coach and athletic director Vince Dooley, who is now a consultant for Kennesaw State University’s new football program, saved the most controversial part of his talk to the Rotary Club of Columbus until the very end of his very entertaining talk. After getting a lot of laughs about his years at Georgia, he made the point that to start paying players would bring about the end of college football.
He said giving the players a full scholarship and adding a cost of attendance payment should be enough. He also wants a law passed to regulate those payments. If such a law is not enacted, he said, the colleges would get into bidding wars for the best players, driving the costs so high college football would be dismantled. He also pointed out that if a school pays football players it will have to pay the atheletes in the other programs.
Well, how about a law regulating what coaches can make? That would stop bidding wars for the best coaches. While we’re at it, we could regulate pay for professional sports stars and coaches. Could such regulations be considered a restraint of trade?
It’s really hard to make the case for not paying players who take great physical risks when their coaches are being paid millions of dollars, and the schools are raking in many millions more.
I suppose we should clarify that by saying “some top-tier school” are raking in those millions. I’ve read where only the top-tier schools make money on their athletic programs. Most of them lose money on those programs.