Few observations: - People arguing this will create "more corruption" via underhanded booster payments are wrong. Typically, legitimizing AND regulating is much more effective than prohibition that ignores reality. - Arguing that NCAA rules are greater than state rules is a incorrect. All NCAA rules are subservient to state law. Sure the NCAA can make rules that conflict but watch what happens in state court. It means the NCAA will have to pull out of the state or amend its activities/rules to comply with state law. You want to operate in a jurisdiction, you must comply with their laws. - I do not think this ends with chaos or "ruins college sports". If we are just now "ruining the sport", why was it not ruined when coaches got paid tens of millions? College football became big business years ago and the players are simply the last ones at the trough. This change happened years ago and we are just now reaping what was sown. - The end game should be an accommodation by the NCAA that pays players more formally with caps. My main hopes are they allow players to go straight to the pros (hopefully forcing the creation of a minor league in football), and they cause part of these funds to be reserved for longer term health insurance and/or educational funds for players. I have little faith in the NCAA to construct a viable program as they have proven that they have to be sued to do anything not directly related to them making more money. - Hopefully, naively, the NCAA actually decides to enforce whatever rules they create. Good article on schools selling their souls for $ and the start of these lawsuits they KNEW would come: “Why,” asked Bryce Jordan, the president emeritus of Penn State, “should a university be an advertising medium for your industry?” Vaccaro did not blink. “They shouldn’t, sir,” he replied. “You sold your souls, and you’re going to continue selling them. You can be very moral and righteous in asking me that question, sir,” Vaccaro added with irrepressible good cheer, “but there’s not one of you in this room that’s going to turn down any of our money. You’re going to take it. I can only offer it.” The Shame of College Sports My main point is that "this" (paying players) is not going to ruin college football. The colleges/presidents/NCAA went down this path a long time ago, it has just taken the weakest stakeholders (players) this long to get thru the court system and legislation to be part of the business they work in.