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Should college athletes be allowed to earn money...

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from endorsements or in other ways?  And if so, what do you think the rules should be?

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I understand the argument from both sides, but it still seems messy.  An individual’s ability to earn money from his or her own likeness seems fundamental, as does an interest in maintaining a designation between a professional athlete & an amateur. Very few collegiate athletes will be in a position to take advantage of an opportunity to earn a lot of money this way, and I see great potential for abuse. I can picture a scenario where a player may profit off of his or her likeness; however any money earned in this way would required to be held in trust for the person until the completion of eligibility , graduation, etc. I also can see where an athlete on scholarship who doesn’t graduate or leaves w/o injury, etc. could be required to utilize any such earnings to reimburse at least a portion of the cost of the scholarship. I do agree with the premise of the value of the scholarships, physical & nutrition training, facilities, tutors, meals, & so many other benefits not available to most students seems to be extremely devalued when this conversation arises.

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Thanks for the very thoughtful and well written response J.Garrison.  I think "messy" is a good word for it.  I see this change as inevitable, but there are so many details to be worked through.  In all honesty, I'm glad it's not my job to sort it all out!  I think there are many battles to be had as this plays out, and the best outcome is probably one that is decided at the Federal level so all colleges and athletes end up operating under the same set of rules... whatever those rules may be.

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