College Athletes May Now be Paid Professionals?
College football and basketball players may be able to make thousands of dollars after leaving school, thanks to the ruling of a federal district court in Oakland, California last week. The federal judge ruled that the NCAA can't stop players from selling the rights to their names, images and likenesses, for up to $5,000.00 for each year they are an athlete while in school.
This may not seem like a lot of money, considering the hundreds of millions of dollars generated by TV contracts and licensing deals with video game manufacturers and the like. But it is a first step, possibly toward college athletes being paid an annual salary and other benefits of employment, such as health insurance and worker's compensation, in the future. And it may finally address the absurdity of college athletes being labeled "amateurs" and "student/athletes", when they are clearly nothing less than the pawns of a billion dollar enterprise that exploits its talent for profit.
Stay tuned for further developments that expand the rights of the athletes.
By Richard J. Forst