Earlier this month Tim Tebow went on ESPN’s “First Take” and said that he didn’t think that college athletes should get paid. “It would ruin the game of college football, making it more like the NFL,” said Tebow. This is probably true - and hell I’m all for that, college football doesn’t get the juices flowing for me and a change would be nice. Maybe it’s that there are too many teams, maybe it’s the ranking system, or maybe it’s because student-athletes don’t get paid. But I wouldn’t mind a small group being good, or maybe more than two teams that dominate the league every year. But I do agree with Tim, that it would probably ruin the game.
But I also think he’s only halfrightwhy as to these college athletes shouldn’t be getting paid by the Universities. There’s always a chance that they could get a career-ending injury and then not have a chance to make money in a professional league. Also, let’s take the “Well you get a scholarship and that should cover for your pay argument,” and throw it out the window. Where I don’t necessarily disagree with this argument; the fact that there are colleges that have been caught making up classes or having other students take test and do homework for these athletes, has happened before. Some of these players come out of college not as educated as we think. Then they have no skills that translate to the workforce; which as we all know puts them behind the eight ball. But there could be a way that may help to get out from under this issue.
The NCAA has a rule in which you cannot use your likeness to make money; why should they be the only ones to profit off your likeness? In basketball this can be avoided by going to play in Europe, but for many athletes who play in college sports that don’t offer that - there’s no such luck. And, yes this may not cover all the kids who play for the team as they’re not as well known, but maybe it can. In 2017 the kicker for the University of Central Florida, Donald De La Haye, had his scholarship revoked. Why you ask? Because he had a YouTube channel with more than 91,000 subscribers, and Donald was making some money off his likeness. The NCAA wields too much power in this aspect; if college athletes want to make money off the fact that they’re college athletes, why shouldn’t they be able to?
He wasn’t posting anything that was hurting anyone, and he was trying to make money off his own brand. A brand that now has 1.95 million subscriptions, and as of writing this, has 2.9 million views on his last video posted. He went from a Sophomore kicker to YouTube Famous over the past two years, which would have made him a financially successful college athlete now. Think about that, he’s a kicker – know how much attention kickers get in college football? Almost none; this is one of the ways that we could try and end this argument and not ruin Tim Tebow’s sacred College Football. By letting athletes use their likeness to help build their brand, they’d be able to make money from a ton of different avenues that are already open for professional athletes. The downfall of this is that some kids might go to schools who get more spotlight, but that is a risk we should be willing to take. Well, until they complain that they need more money.