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It’s Time That College Football Players Get Paid!

By: Cedric Robinson Sr. cedric@prestigemagazine.net      It’s time to end this idea of amateur college football player and let the athletes share in this billion dollar entertainment industry. Now college football is no longer very different from the NFL.  The only different is that college players don’t get paid. But please, please, please don’t…

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By: Cedric Robinson Sr.

 

It’s time to end this idea of amateur college football player and let the athletes share in this billion dollar entertainment industry. Now college football is no longer very different from the NFL.  The only different is that college players don’t get paid. But please, please, please don’t tell me that college football players get a free education. The problems with that are so does academic student, band members, cheerleader and numerous athletics from other sports (with the exception of basketball) all get  free education, but bring in little to no money for their respective school. College football trails only the NFL for the hearts and minds of the American sport viewers.

I’m certainly not the first to call for players to be paid, but it has been resistance by NCAA administrators and many coaches. The national average for the cost of tuition, room and board at a public university is approximately $14,000 a year. In the BCS conferences, the average coaching salary is $1.5 million and the universities make tens of millions each year. Remember with all the practicing and traveling to games these players go through, a part-time job is out of the question. Also a vast amount of these players come from low income family and are looked at by their family as a way out of that lifestyle. I’m not trying to make these guys rich, but they should be given a respectable amount ($250-$400 weekly). This might be a small amount to some, but is plenty for a college student and could possibly help some of their family.

It’s time to stop using players as cheap labor. It’s time to do right by the players. Colleges are acting like big businesses. The problem is big businesses pay their talent. College sports have been operating for so long that we’ve come to think it makes sense. But it doesn’t. And it’s past time that somebody did something about it.

Let me know what you think.

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Reggie Bush: Paying college athletes will ‘destroy some people’

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College athletes getting paid for their services has been a worthy argument for a long time, but the NCAA finally supports a proposal to allow college athletes to sign endorsement deals and receive payment for their work after some of the best basketball recruits in the country have declared for the NBA’s G League instead of attending college.

While being paid for their work certainly is a step in the right direction, former NFL star Reggie Bush doesn’t think it’s such a great idea.

“Guidance is the one thing that young athletes coming through the college system miss on so much,” Bush told Playboy, according to ESPN. “I missed on it. They’re about to start paying college athletes. This is something that has never been experienced before, and it’s going to destroy some people if their foundation is not in the right place.”

A formal proposal for the new rules is set to be submitted no later than October to the NCAA board, and they will then vote on the proposal sometime before January 2021.

Bush was a two-time All-American running back during his days at USC, and helped the school win back-to-back titles in 2003 and 2004. He won the Heisman Trophy as college football’s best player in 2005, but forfeited the award in 2010 after the NCAA found that Bush received money and gifts from sports agents when he wasn’t allowed to do so.

The 35-year-old went on to have a successful NFL career after his collegiate days at USC. He played for the New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers before hanging up his cleats in 2017.

It’s weird to think that Bush is against athletes being paid for endorsement deals, especially considering he improperly accepted cash during his collegiate days.

Many college standouts will be able to use the money they earn to take care of their families, and that alone is a terrific reason why paying them is the right thing to do. They perform like professional athletes, earn their colleges and universities massive amounts of money and provide entertainment to fans, so why shouldn’t they be paid?

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Victims In Kobe Bryant Crash Have Now All Been Identified

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Here’s what is known so far about the tragic helicopter crash that claimed the lives of Kobe Bryant and eight other people.

Nine people were on board the Sikorsky S76 when something went wrong just before 10 a.m. Sunday.

The passengers were on their way to a basketball game when the chopper went down.

The helicopter’s flight path shows it going from Orange County to the San Fernando Valley and then hovering over the Glendale area as it waited for clearance to travel through the Valley to Calabasas. The tracking ends at the crash site in Calabasas.

Kobe Bryant’s 13-year old daughter Gianna was among those killed. Gianna — often called “Gigi” — was the second oldest of Bryant’s four daughters.

Bryant had coached Gianna’s AAU basketball team out of his Mamba Sports Academy training facility in Thousand Oaks for the past two years.

They were all reportedly headed to an AAU game when the crash happened.

In addition to Bryant and his daughter, three members of one family died in the crash.

John Altobelli was the head baseball coach at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa. His wife Keri and their daughter Alyssa were also on board.

The husband of Christina Mauser posted on Facebook that she died in the helicopter crash. Mauser was a basketball coach at Harbor Day School in Newport Beach, where Kobe’s daughter attended school. Mauser’s husband says he and his kids are devastated.

Sarah Chester and her middle school aged daughter Payton were on also on board the helicopter piloted by Ara Zobayan.

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Arrest warrant issued for Odell Beckham over alleged battery on police officer

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Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is potentially in legal trouble over an incident that took place in LSU’s locker room after Monday night’s national championship game.

Video appears to show Beckham slap the butt of a police officer who was in LSU’s locker room. NOLA.com reports that New Orleans police obtained an arrest warrant accusing Beckham of simple battery in connection with the incident.

The report said authorities originally wanted Beckham charged with misdemeanor sexual battery, but a judge denied that request.

Beckham, who played at LSU, was celebrating with the team on the field and in the locker room after they won the national championship. Beckham has already been under scrutiny over potentially breaking NCAA rules by handing cash to players, but this legal scrutiny is potentially much more problematic for him.

After Beckham appeared to slap the officer, the officer turned around and exchanged words with Beckham, but he was not arrested at the time.

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