For students where there is no opportunity to become a pro or where they know their talents won't get them to the pros, it's a pretty good way to get through college.
I mostly agree. You can correct me if I'm wrong. I believe that in many schools, the student can lose their 4 year athletic scholarship if they were to sustain an injury that hinders or prevents them from participating in their sport. Even if that injury had occurred in practice or an actual game.
You can work a job, but it is hard to be a collegiate athlete, be a good student and maintain a part time job.
That's a problem that needs to be addressed. Student athletes have classes, studying, homework, practice, and game day. Half of the games will be other cities, other states, and some clear across the country. They still have to spend time doing other things, such as doing their laundry, eating, taking a shower, and all the other normal routines. Under those circumstances, I can't see student athletes having the time to maintain a part time job. Not unless they plan on getting 1 hour sleep each day.
Those few who could strike endorsement deals or sell merchandise will be able to take the very expensive training they received in college and mint money.
Do you think they should be permitted
to strike endorsement deals while being student athletes?
I do think that colleges should be allowed to give athletes a stipend, something on the order of $500/month, equivalent to what they could make at a part time job. My caveat is that it should go to all athletes. The long jumper has the same limitations so gets the same stipend as the basketball star.
I totally agree with you, except I believe that amount should be on the order of $1,000/month. I believe that $1,000/month would be equivalent to what they could make at a part time job. Just to put it into perspective, 1,000/month is 12,000/year.
$12,000/year is probably closer to a part time job than $6,000/year.