Why is Everyone in College Sports Getting Rich Except the Athletes?
Americans have been aware of the stark inequity between the people who run college sports and the kids who play them for years. But now, amid a pandemic that’s potentially putting college athletes at risk and renewed attention to broader issues of social justice, the NCAA’s stance that there should be a “clear line of demarcation between college athletics and professional sports” is looking increasingly untenable.
Between 1984 and 2011,
average NCAA football coaches’ salaries at public universities have grown 750% adjusted for inflation.
In 40 of the 50 states,
the highest paid public employee is an NCAA head coach.
The NCAA's amateurism rule
prohibits student-athletes from using their name, image, or likeness to earn money.