Pay college football players

There are roughly 21,250 Division 1 scholarship players in both FCS and FBS.

At $20,000 per player per year that comes to around $425 million per year. $30,000/yr would be $637 million. $40,000, $850 million.

So who pays this? How about the NFL?

Face it, the Division 1 football schools are farm and development teams for the pros. True, the players get free tuition, but living expenses are minimal. And the physical risks to the players are real for all of them. Yet only 2% percent make the draft.

So the NFL gets a huge pool of talent trained and available at no cost to them.

Last year the NFL distributed $8.1 billion to the owners. The payout above would be a small percentage of that amount. Maybe 14% at the $40k level.

I think it is about time for schools to tell the pros that free rides are over with. You want us to train your stars, then pay up. Then at least the players not drafted can start out with a decent nest egg for the risks they took.


3 thoughts on “Pay college football players

  1. While the idea of paying college athletes is an OK idea, (I’m not sure what is the best way forward on this) the bill in California is about student athletes being able to receive due compensation for the use of their likeness, sign endorsement deals and be paid for things like autograph shows. That idea I have no issue with.

    Draymond Green made an interesting observation about the NCAA. It is an autocratic regime that shares nothing with those that actually do the work to generate the revenues. Yes, the student-athletes (or athlete-students for the one and done crowd in basketball) are getting an education and preparation for professional level achievement, but the schools currently collect any and all monies from video game companies and player jersey suppliers. Nothing wrong with the kids getting a little taste. Plus, it gives them an opportunity to learn proper money management techniques and hopefully not get ripped off, as many have been, in the future.


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