In reply to: Well, except, they aren't in a free market * posted by Karl(1of1)
They didn't have to pay for college and their kids will soon have jobs in the NFL that could set them up for life.
$5000 a year? But same amount to every player. Call it communism if you like. Not a lot of rights when you are in school. For one, you have to attend or fail.
And I think scholarships could cover the entire cost of college - room, board, education, books, etc.
Now if a player wants to live off campus, that's out of his own pocket or at least he gets some sort of voucher for the value of the on campus board (that may be the case now, for all I know).
You can "pay" players without it being a ground shaking sum.
If all your other expenses: tuition, room, books, and board are covered, an amount like $6,000($500/month) is a good amount of walking around money. Schools like ND etc can easily afford to pay that to all their student athletes. (They shouldn't even have to raise ticket prices.) It also wouldn't kill the DI schools.