Paying Student Athletes


What’s in it for me? The discussion is becoming much more mainstream in regards to student athletes thanks to several lawsuits and events that have happened in the past few years.

This episode discusses whether student athletes should be paid, is there a way for them to be compensated for their NIL rights and why you’re not getting any sympathy from me.

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Selected Links from the Episode

Show Notes

  • Ed O’Bannon & Sam Keller submits a class action lawsuit for NIL [02:33]
  • Student athletes are not allowed to get paid under the current jurisdiction of the NCAA [03:51]
  • The supreme court will not hear the Ed O’Bannon case to get student athletes paid [05:05]
  • The perception is that the NCAA is not a non-profit organization as a result of the money they make [06:13]
  • EA Sports lawsuit is settled with $60 million being distributed to NCAA athletes [06:57]
  • Josh Rosen and his Instagram post in reference to the Under Armor apparel deal that UCLA signed [08:51]
  • Nigel Hayes the individual that caught Jesse’s attention of paying student athletes [09:38]
  • The scouting process of gathering information prior to declaring themselves for the NBA Draft per the new NCAA rules  [11:07]
  • Nigel Hayes attends College GameDay [14:59]
  • Comparing the Big Ten conference and their revenue to his scholarship [18:43]
  • All the extra benefits that Nigel Hayes gets as a Division 1 athlete [19:21]
  • The main issue is NIL: not being able to make money off the name, image and likeness [24:58]
  • The numbers from the Census regarding what students make upon graduation [25:46]
  • Student athletes shouldn’t be paid [31:25]
  • It’s hard to have a differing perspective when you don’t have the opportunity to see things from their side [31:52]
  • The difference between Nigel Hayes and other students [35:14]
  • Universities bringing in additional sports programs to help increase revenue [36:08]
  • The cost implications for universities providing for student athletes [38:52]
  • Cost, deficit, and funding, but what are the implications of making changes [40:38]
  • Without student athletes the university may not even exist [41:52]
  • Find a way, with the NCAA and keeping athletes an amature, to allow student athletes to collect NIL funds [43:17]
  • You’re not going to get any sympathy from people because of your situation as a student athlete [46:03]

People Mentioned

2 responses to “Paying Student Athletes”

  1. Harry McNicholas says:

    Anyone doing work with their work giving an organization a big profit would be paid.

    • admin says:

      Harry – What is classified as ‘being paid’? In the case of Nigel Hayes, he’s getting $160k free tuition on top of free healthcare, free clothes, free food, free travel, a free room and a stipend of $1,500/mo – $4,200/yr. If you paid him an hourly rate, or a salary like at an organization, then he’d have to pay for all of his own expenses. Also, how do you justify how much he should get paid if you’re going to? Wisconsin basketball is going to sell out whether Nigel Hayes is a part of the organization or not. My personal preference, is I would prefer option one rather than having to pay for everything on my own simply because I get a check.

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