From my perspective, it depends on how it's regulated. For kids that are getting full ride scholarships to school, leaving with no college debt, I think they're getting a 'payment' in return for what they're doing on the field and in practice. For others who did not have the opportunity for scholarships, I think there could be opportunities to be compensated for their work like how students do for part time positions on campus. If they're offered opportunities to have their names on jerseys and/or offered endorsement deals, they're adults and I think they should be able to do that.
I get that. I actually used to think the same thing several years back about the endorsements, but after this debate keeps getting retreaded every other year I have changed my position. I think college athletes should be paid in that they should not have to over the expense of anything other than personal items like clothing. I mean everything though, gas stipends, food stipends, toiletry allowances for things such as toothpaste. If they are there it should not put them in debt to make you money.
The reason I cant support the endorsements or payments though is because I don't see who it can be done in a fair way. As a for instance, I think we all know college basketball and football are the money makers in college, and they put a lot of time and dedication into it, enough to where you could justify paying them. The problem is what do you pay the women's field hockey players? They are no less dedicated to their craft, but it is not a viewer maven. What about the band geek (no disrespect meant) who performs at half time? Or even the kids who make straight A's because they make the school money as well, or the debate club? I mean you get what I am saying.
So how do you tell those people that put in the same time they should be paid less because their sport/craft makes less money? How do you tell the football player bringing in millions that he should be paid what the field hockey girl gets paid who costs the school money in all likelihood. How do you tell the backup QB that he is not putting in the same effort as the kid with the cannon? How do you tell the starter he is worth as much as a backup? If we are paying them, you should be paid on effort no? At least that is the premise I work under when I pay people. So if the work is equitable across the board how do you reconcile equal work and equal pay with unequal monies earned and less publicity for the school ?
That is why I am of the train of thought the status quo is the way to go. Every sport is allotted scholarships and walk-ons, but you stay away from the rest of the bullshit I just mentioned. If I hear what I think is a better way I will amend the statement, but I have not yet heard one.