If you love college football, you LOVE this week. It's the first-ever college playoff 'Super Bowl.' Or whatever they call it.
The Ducks and the Bucks!
Kind of fitting because it seems for years, the NCAA ducks for cover when it comes to players making bucks.
There's big money at stake here. ESPN is spending $7 billion just to televise the playoff games over the next 12 years -- let's hope the debate over paying players doesn't take that long to settle!
Sure, there's talk that some schools may soon pay players up to $5,000 a year for expenses, but is it enough when billions of dollars are being passed around?
I wish the NCAA would 'pay' more attention to what's still going on when it comes to making money.
You must have heard about how the NCAA stopped selling memorabilia on its website after people noticed the site was selling merchandise with the names of 'student-athletes.'
Well, it looks like everyone isn't working from the same playbook; take a look at the Big 10 website. You can spend a few hundred bucks for the head buck -- there's a lot of signed memorabilia for sale with OSU coach Urban Myer's autograph.
It seems like the Big 10 Conference has a big double standard brewing. It can sell their coaches, but the coaches have to sell the kids on doing a good job and likely getting paid with a 'Thank you.'
Wonder if that will score some points with the players?
I'm all for paying these kids more than the value of a scholarship. I just hope the powers that be also learn the value of keeping their eye on the ball.