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Reggie Bush: College Football Players Should NOT Get Paid

Discussion in 'RayGator's Swamp Gas' started by chemgator, May 24, 2020.

  1. chemgator

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    Reggie Bush says paying athletes could 'destroy some people'

    Oh, the irony!

    Does he have no self-awareness whatsoever? If there was one athlete who should never, ever comment on this issue, it's Reggie Bush.
     
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  2. orangeblue_coop

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    FAKE NEWS
     
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  3. BobK89

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    Paid by colleges = bad
    Taking $300k from agents/apparel/bad guys = good
     
  4. believer

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    This is hilarious
     
  5. Gatorrick22

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    The lawyer types, a.k.a agents, are already calling for college football players to unionize... What could go wrong with that? :rolleyes::eek::mad:

    I quit watching the NFL way back when the player's union stopped playing and the NFL had to make due with replacements for much of a season. Unions in college football would ruin that game for life... for me.
     
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    Reggie Bush says this is fake news, he never said this. ESPN up to their usual antics.
     
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  7. SeabudGator

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    Right now we have the bubba types, aka bagmen, paying players, while the lawyer types, aka ncaa, athletic departments, and agents for coaches, make bank off tv/tickets.

    Same Money being made either way. No problem with players fighting for a piece.
     
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  8. GratefulGator

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    Like a fly in your Chardonnay.
     
  9. beemerthegator

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    I don't know whether Reggie Bush said this or not. But at least it gives us a controversial topic to argue about that isn't coronavirus or shutdown related.

    Can someone start a Foley/lack of facilities thread too?

    These two issues should occupy our time for awhile.
     
  10. SeabudGator

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    Muschamp or McElwein? Go!
     
  11. Gatorrick22

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    Legalizing crime is not a good idea...
     
  12. SeabudGator

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    You are wrong as paying players is not "a crime." It violates NCAA rules but is in no way criminal. The only criminal charges ever brought against "bagmen" are for fraud (wire/mail). Paying the players is not the fraud, but the players saying they are amateurs to the schools is the charged fraud. Indeed, the Supreme court says banning paying players violated Federal antitrust law, so if you are worried about law and order, look that way. Appeals court rules that ban on pay for college athletes is illegal - SCOTUSblog

    Paying a young man to play sports thus violates a rule ... and is benign (no victim), commonplace (everyone on here winks just as the NCAA does), and is a clear case of limiting free markets. As a free market guy, I disagree. Further, all you do by banning this and winking at it is to create a black market where it happens "quietly". This enables the schools, coaches, NCAA, and players to keep all the TV money and let the players get scraps from others so the NCAA need not share. The FBI also probed payments to college athletes in the '80s. It didn't end well.

    From the Harvard Law Review:
    "If these athletes’ special talent were instead in music or acting, there would be no “age restriction” to turning pro. If they excelled at different sports, like hockey, golf, tennis, or baseball, they could turn pro right out of high school, if not sooner. The reality is they thrived in the two sports where the college game is a de facto minor league for the pro leagues."

    All of this is moot as state legislatures all over the country have recognized the idiocy of a system built to make billions where a primary stakeholder of players (I would say "the" primary stakeholder as an education is supposed to be the basis of this sport, but everyone would just laugh) is not allowed to participate in the distribution of said billions. The original sin was turning college sports into big business. The players are just the last ones biting the apple.
     
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  13. Gatorrick22

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    The first day that college football players decide to unionize is the day that I stop going to the stadiums to watch games live.

    Any kid that can get into school on their own grades and SAT scores... I have no problem giving them a higher stipend. The rest can study-up...

    Nothing good will come from unions in college sports.
     
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