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Looking at the prices of the tickets to the Alabama vs. Virginia Tech game has me thinking....So much money is being made. Ticket prices for tickets in the upper level are going around $350-$450 a pop on stubhub. Yet, when a player receives $25 or $100, it's looked upon as the worst thing in the world. Trust me when I say this....College football players struggle. Yes, we received a free education, room and boarding, and meals, and that's all nice, but when you come from a poor family, clothes, money to do social things, etc. are hard to come by. I've seen a lot of my ex-teammates here struggle. I don't know how much the players now receive per month, but when I was here in the early 2000's, when we lived in Rose Towers, our monthly checks were under $200. We also received a perdium check after games for about $25 or so to last us for our meals on Saturday after the games and on Sundays. Gas money, spending money, money to go to the movies, etc. was provided on our own. All I'm saying is, the players deserve more. Maybe a few hundred more a month, at least. It's crazy how a player's jersey can rack in tens of thousands of dollars, he scores a numerous amount of touchdowns, or produce a numerous amount of sacks, yet, he can't even afford to take a girl out on a date. Something needs to be done about this.
This post was edited by TexasTide21 12 months ago
I think it's totally legitimate for a player like Kevin Ware to get a pat on the back and a wonderful degree in sports management... totally legitimate.
I get why it's legal, I just don't understand why so many people endorse these athletes bringing in all the cash and get only a small slice of that income in the form of scholarships.
I feel ya TT21 and agree....a lot of long hard hours for very little, tough to impossible to take a girl friend out, or grab a burger and fries for many. Things need to change.
"You don't always get what you want, but you always get what you deserve"
I concur 100% and can't for the life of me see why the NCAA is so behind the curve on this. I still hear people even on this board wail against giving the players a monthly stipend that would allow them to go on a date, buy a pizza,etc. This is an issue that is past due acting on.
Thanks guys. It's rough out there. I've seen guys wear only what Tank gave us...like t-shirts, sweats, football issued stuff. It was bad for some guys.
Get a summer job like everyone else. They have opportunities to make money through a legit source. As far as social stuff, if I made it through college not paying for many parties and what not, I am sure a University of Alabama football player can do ok. Suck it up and understand what the rest of the country does to pay for social stuff and compete at a high level at the same time.
What these kids want to do is be a pro player while in college. You are a college student. You can make tons of money later.
Sorry bamamanager. I usually agree, but as a student athlete who went to a tough school, didn't take PE as a class, put long hard hours all year round, I was able to do that stuff getting summer jobs. There are jobs available to them. If they don't do it its their fault. Also. Before you guys throw the "you don't know what it is like to come from nothing" I had no help from parents and no clothes or meals provided. Stop coddling these kids and help the grow up. People used to have to work their way through school. Now they play a game and we make more excuses for them.
I hardly call free tuition, room, board, three meals a day, athetic gear, access to awesome facilities no one else had access to, tuitoring, etc (probably between $120,000 and $200,000 dollars when it is said and done) very little.
No one is forcing these kids to play college football, they know what to expect. Why cant they take out loans (like the other 99.9% percent of college kids) if they want party or fun money?
If someone was putting a gun to their head and forcing them to play, then you have a point. But these kids know the time and sacrifice well ahead of time.
This post was edited by beastman321 12 months ago
Those are scalped prices that are charged and paid between individuals. The market sets the price at that moment for that game. Most games around the US have to pay people to fill up the stadium.
If the schools charged that price and the market took a downturn (no demand...see Tennessee and Auburn) they would be in a world of hurt really quickly.
Judge this by looking at games that do not involve Alabama.
They should at the very least get college credit for their participation in the sport and in my opinion be able to major in it. It’s a craft and one with a market. Sure it’s an athletic craft and more importantly “a hit or miss” market but that’s not unusual in the context of college studies as you can major in things like art, dance, fashion design, etc.
You can still major in Latin and Art History. There is a market for football for example and learning football from Nick Saban is every bit the education that learning dance from whoever is. Taking a full course load and then adding particularly football on top of that because it's "athletic" in nature is to me self-righteous.
Ok everyone, we get it. You did 3 jobs and graduated from yale while being starting qb... Pat yourself on the back.
Your own inspiring stories aside, tell me why D1 football players make millions upon millions for the universities, conferences, and ncaa while they get only a fraction of it back in scholarship money? A few of them go pro, the large majority dont.
Most of these jokers are just playing devil's advocate and probably never attended college, yet play major sports.
Sorry, not feeling bad for anyone who receives a free college education, and meals.
How much do you want them to make? Are we going to stop calling them student athletes, emphasis on student first, and start calling them athlete students? Should the guys that have the best chance to go pro receive more money than those that will not or don't plan to? What about the basketball/baseball/softball/gymnastics/et al players?
I'd be all for raising their allowance by $150 per month. It wouldn't hurt the University/SEC/NCAA.
How it would be accomplished correctly, I have no idea.
They receive scholarships, per diem, extra support system, etc in return for playing a sport at said college. The reason the school makes so much is bc of people like you who buy tickets to a seat in a stadium built by the school to watch said players play a game. Maybe stop buying tickets and then you wouldn't have to b*tch about the fraction players get. You make it sound as if everything athletes receive is insignificant.
Lots of anger in this one.
Id start with a monthly stipend, across the board. Anything is an improvement over the current situation.
Can't give a male football player more then you can give a female softball player. The logistics are almost impossible. I'm not saying they all don't deserve something. Would just be hard to work out.
I was a walk on, and still had to go through an NCAA screening process for a summer job WORKING FOR MY MF'ING DAD! "Get a job" isn't as easy as you think, and especially when you are expected to voluntarily do the voluntary workouts or volunteer to ride the pine. If you have a W-2 or 1099 job, the screening process is brutal. I imagine moreso now because of the Oklahoma douchebags that got paid for no show summer jobs.
A roll of Rooster dip could get you a lot of swag in the equipment room. Ha!
Sorry I entered into this thread sort of...this ^^^^^ is the truth...folks just don't understand the time commitments and it won't do anyone any good to try to justify it because I'm sure there's somebody out there that had it just as hard or harder that wasn't an athlete. I get that, but I definitely get where these guys are coming from. The expectations on players these days is that you are in town and workout throughout the summer, graduate on time and that is a tall task if summer school isn't involved.
I agree there's no difference in any athlete given their sport, sex etc. they should all receive an equal stipend IMO
This post was edited by BAMAMANAGER 12 months ago
How do you think all these filthy poor players have Chargers, Escalade's, Denali's, etc etc etc?
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