Lol. The member universities??? Gimme a break, man. The reason they became the empire they are is because people want to watch the elite athletes. With no athletes there is no pie.Seriously, Fry, your use of the word nostalgia is as tired as you. That is not what this is about for me. I don't need to see giant shoulder pads, t-formations, and Hayden Fry on the sideline yelling at his tight ends to stand up straighter. Change can be great.
But, for the 20th time in this string alone, my justification for not liking NIL is that it creates a less competitive environment where success is bought and not earned. Without some form of competitive balance and rules in place, college football starts to look more like professional wrestling. Hyperbolic? Sure.
If I am the conferences/schools/NCAA, my justification for telling these kids that their earnings have to have some level of oversight and control is simple. This is our product. You are a guest here. If you don't like it, go play football someplace else. It has been the same justification for 100 years. Yes, college football is a billions dollar industry. Who built that industry? The member universities after decades of development and investment. Now that it is such a financial jaugurnaut, I am fine with the athletes getting a piece of the pie. But, let's not fool ourselves as to who made the pie.
And let’s not pretend that you’d be peachy keen with all the elite D-1 football players starting their own pay league. The product left would be a watered down farce that no one would want to watch including you. It’d be just like women’s sports and no one pays any attention to that anemic stuff.
Entitlement, you say? Quite the contrary. Old timey folks like yourself longing for the good old days are the ones who feel entitlement. You feel that you’re entitled to watch people play a game for you like a bunch of court jesters under your rules and for however much money you think they should be paid. Not what they’re actually worth.
And you keep dodging my question. Either answer it or admit you’re a hypocrite. One of the two…
How is this different than telling an elite computer programmer who is also a college student that he or she should have a limit or restrictions put on the amount of money they can make in that field while in school? Especially when those restrictions and limits would be put in place by a bunch of folks like yourself with no connection whatsoever to the students in question...