TO THE EDITOR:
Is there integrity there when some of the student-athletes on the court are playing the game of their life while not even seeing one penny? The NCAA does not pay players because their definition of amateurism relies on the fact that if athletes get paid, they’re playing professionally. The hypocrisy of the amateurism ideal is just a way for the NCAA to justify paying everyone except for the players on the court.
The compensation system necessary would be complex, but there needs to be pressure on the NCAA to do something for players who turn huge earnings for the University and the NCAA. There’s no perfect way, but they daggum sure need to get started.