I have ducked nothing and I am not 60 and once again you are unable to make a cogent point without being a dick and making it personal.Then how would you change it?
Is it up to you to decide how much an athlete should be paid? Based on what exactly?
What if I told you that what you do for a living isn’t worth what you get paid right now, and that I decided that arbitrarily? And if I told you that once you started somewhere you couldn’t leave for better pay or a better fit, strictly for my own enjoyment when I don’t even know you? Friggin ludicrous.
Again, you’ve never answered a question without dodging…how would you respond to a university that kicked a programming student out for doing some coding on the side and making money with his talents? Or how about an electrical engineer who was so bright that he got paid to work on a project for GE while still going to school? Would you kick that kid out? Hell no. He’d be celebrated.
But you want kids you’ve never met to play a sport strictly for your enjoyment, and never to be allowed to change schools, (again—strictly for your nostalgia and enjoyment), and never to be able to earn a dime beyond a college scholarship. Yeeeaaahhh…that’s not ridiculous or anything.
Do there have to be rules on how much money a kid can make? Because some 60 year old dude ten states away who’s never met that kid says so?
If I were the NCAA I would first return the portal back to a 1 year sit out. It is the only thing they really can do to stem this lunacy in the short term. It would take away the incentive for these collectives to poach talent from other teams knowing they won't see the kid on the floor/field for 2 years. I don't like this in the long term, and I think kids should be able to freely transfer, but the confluence of NIL and the new portal rules have created chaos.
In the longer term I would petition Congress for relief. I think it would need to be part of a broader package of NCAA reform, and that is fine. The NCAA needs reform, but it also needs authority to establish and ENFORCE reasonable rules to govern sports. On NIL, you could either establish some form of team salary cap (like other professional sports have), which would be hard because how do you decide who gets what, or regulate the individual market.
What I think would make the most sense is for NIL to be actual NIL. Meaning, every NIL deal would have to go through the school's compliance department for approval. There would be markers established by an independent board as to what signatures, commercials, blogs, etc. are worth so that it is not just a billionaire righting a check for nothing. It would have to be a negotiated contract for actual services rendered that is fair and not just a bribe. Guys like Kris Murray would likely make more money than Tony Perkins because one is a bigger star. But, Kris has to do the commericial, or the signing, or the blog or whatever, and get paid a reasonable scale for what he did. Actors have a similar system for pay scales at lower levels. It is possible to put some guard rails here.
Its a complex problem. I don't have the answers. But, I personally do not like the system as is and I would advocate for smart people to at least try to put reasonable rules in place.