Oh I totally agree! I’m just saying bidding wars for players is not the solution. If that then they aren’t amateur athletes any longer and why are athletics tied to academics and universities at all? The same schools taking tax dollars?
Well, they are student athletes and they do represent the university ...........as well their own brand. I don't see anything morally wrong with it. I think individual players should have a right to cash in on their own popularity via social media , corporate sponsorships , and the ability to use their off time to earn money in their chosen sport. . It's a fine line, but I think that is different than boosters going out and flat out paying cash to kids just come to their alma matter. I don't think that is in the spirit of NIL. Amateurism is dead. It died when the Olympics scrapped it. the NCAA was the last vestige of it.
School athletic departments have their own budgets and most big schools aren't getting money from the schools general fund via tax payer dollars anyway. At UGA, the athletic department is economically self sufficient thanks to football ticket sales, TV rights, and alumni donations.