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Bill Self says college athletes should be paid

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01:57 PM ET 10.24 | Once adamantly against the idea of college athletes being paid, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self has now completely changed his tune. Self says that every year during the NCAA Tournament he notices the incredible amount of money being generated and wonders why the people most responsible for that happening aren't getting a cut.

"I used to be totally against it," Self said. "I used to be totally against doing anything other than room, board, books, tuition and fees. But I've changed. And the landscape has changed also. It was always big business; now it's huge business. And when you're sending players from the West Coast to East Coast to play sports, to miss more classes, and the schools benefit from that financially, why shouldn't the people that are responsible for the business, and that would be the student athletes."

Kansas City Star

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October 24, 2012  03:31 PM ET

Note to Self: Nobdy cares.

October 24, 2012  03:56 PM ET

He's mad that Texas gets away with it and they have to play them every year.

October 24, 2012  04:04 PM ET

If Self wants to pay his players, he should coach at Kentucky!

October 24, 2012  05:24 PM ET

Ultimately, this big money that colleges are reaping in as a result of the huge TV contracts or even their own conference networks will be the end of college athletics as we know it.

I give it 10 years.

October 24, 2012  05:25 PM ET

I foresee unionized college athletes. No joke.

October 24, 2012  10:12 PM ET

But I thought they did get paid, with a college education that costs the non-athletes about $150-200,000?
Not enough you say? Then go the route of too many schools and pay them under the table.
If we pay them, why even pretend they are students? Revenue producing college sports will be transformed into minor league businesses training kids for the NFL and NBA.

October 24, 2012  10:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I foresee unionized college athletes. No joke.

As students their legal rights to organize are very problematical.
However, if they begin to be paid, then they will probably qualify as employees under current laws and would be eligible to be organized into collective bargaining units.

October 24, 2012  10:45 PM ET

My plan is to have all college athletes to get paid for all post season games. The bigger the post season game, the more the athletes get paid for it. It is the post season games that generate the most money.

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October 25, 2012  11:58 AM ET
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A free ride to college for student/athletes isn't enough anymore?

It has become a mult-billion dollar industry with coaches on the low end making hundreds of thousands up to the $5 million + Saban area.

I have consistently been against college athletes being paid and I still am against it.

But, I honestly do not feel they will be able to hold out much longer considering the amount of revenue sports (primarily football) is bringing to these major conferences.

It's going to happen. It that may be the beginning of the end.

Take note. ESPN is now making money off HS football games. There's a scary thought . . .

October 25, 2012  12:05 PM ET
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If we pay them, why even pretend they are students? Revenue producing college sports will be transformed into minor league businesses training kids for the NFL and NBA.

For many at the major conference level, this is the current reality (i.e., Kentucky b-ball).

 
October 25, 2012  07:56 PM ET

I too was in the camp of, "athletes get enough, no need to pay them." However, things have changed and, like Self, I can now see the other side more clearly. Follow me...
-- 10, 15, 20 years ago, athletes got "paid" the significant sum of free education, room, board, etc
-- Presidents & AD then began scheduling more night games, Thursday night game, etc to generate bigger tv contracts...requiring more demands on athletes
-- coaches contracts started including major bonuses for success on the field, bowl games, tournament success, etc
-- new rules were created to ensure athletes met minimum academic progress or teams were punished...more demands on athletes
-- Presidents & ADs started blowing up regional conference alignments in favor of tv market-aligned conferences to generate billions of dollars for schools...requiring more demands on athletes to miss more school, etc
So yeah, I still believe athletes get a huge "payment" today. But they have also been exploited and haven't gotten anything additional while the schools have maximized their tv revenue.

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