Behold exhibit 8,591,459 of the NCAA profiting off of college athletes while the students themselves get nothing in return. Darren Rovell retweeted an image of t-shirts being sold at the Carrier Dome and University bookstores in Syracuse that blatantly reference star freshman point guard, Tyler Ennis from Canada.
— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) February 18, 2014
While I don’t see a hologram on the tag declaring this shirt an officially licensed NCAA product, the fact of the matter is someone is getting paid for these shirts while Tyler Ennis gets nothing. With a capacity of 35,000+ at the Carrier Dome, I’m sure a few hundred of these (thousands even) have been sold, as it would only take 2,873 shirts at $20 a pop to cover the $57,450 cost of attendance that Tyler Ennis’ scholarship affords.
The “should NCAA athletes get paid?” debate definitely isn’t cut-and-dry. Obviously some players are more “valuable” than others, and most sports cost the universities money as opposed to the cash cows that are Men’s basketball and football. Personally I’m on the fence, as cost of attendance is more than the average household income in the US, so these kids are definitely getting a decent amount of “compensation” for their athletic efforts. If they were to receive additional funds, how much would it be? Would all NCAA athletes be paid the same? There are just too many questions to answer. But something like this- when Universities or the NCAA explicitly make money off of specific athletes- is an open and shut case, Johnson. Pay heem. Pay that man hees money.
If the NCAA or a University uses a players’ likeness to profit in any way, shape, or form, that kid deserves a cut. Tyler Ennis should be getting paper from the sale of these t-shirts. If there is no Tyler Ennis, there is no shirt. Profits from the sale of Syracuse jerseys or t-shirts with the number 11 on ’em should be padding Ennis’ bank account. Period.