This is an interesting theory. Some people will say that college kids are receiving a free education (that should be paid for) and because of their athletic ability they should be allowed to get an education for free. Ivy league schools don’t give scholarships at all. The students might receive financial aid, though. If a student is doing really well in college athletics, then obviously “someone” is making money off of his or her abilities. Some of these students come from very poor backgrounds and their families need the money. Why should they be deprived of it? Most students who are gifted in athletics never stay for the full 4 year term in college anyway. If they can make money going to the pros then isn’t that what college is actually supposed to be preparing them for? Granted, not everyone is a superstar in college. Some athletes are more gifted than others. In high school I played with a man who was truly gifted in basketball, but he rarely ever attended school. He had major difficulty reading the articles about himself in the newspapers but he was a star at the high school level. This man eventually got into a junior college, and then went on to the pros. He lasted in the pros for a couple of years, and then a drug test was administered to him and he was banned from the league. I know they pushed him through school and I know his family didn’t have a lot of money. Some of these college athletes are making money anyways (but it is being done under the table). It is about time to open that door up to these athletes. While they may be stars in college, there is no guarantee that they will achieve the same success at the professional levels. Let them make the money while they can. The colleges still get paid. What’s wrong with giving some to the student who helped to make your college famous? I don’t know if this law has been enacted yet or not, but it “needs” to be. Pay the college kids what they are worth. What better way to prepare them for life after college? Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Singer Anthony Hamilton in concert with Brett Jolly on bass synthesizer