Lee Davis: College Football Playoffs May Mean Push for Athlete Pay

Sunday, July 1, 2012 - by Attorney Lee Davis
Lee Davis
Lee Davis
The recently announced college football playoff system will mean big money for major college teams with some experts guessing that it could amount to as much as half a billion dollars per year in television rights alone.

News of such an eye-popping figure has prompted Texas coach Mack Brown to wonder whether the money should make its way to players. “In my opinion, with the amount of money the playoff will generate, I hope we can revisit the student-athlete stipend.” The Tweet from Brown came

soon after the announcement of the change. “It will be a very lucrative event and those young people are the ones that make it all possible,” he added.

The existing Bowl Championship Series television deal with ESPN pays the major college football schools about $155 million per year.

That money is not distributed evenly, but instead congregates among the big conferences. Many working on the deal wouldn’t speculate about how much the new system could generate in revenue but most agree that it will be at least double the current figure. The title game will also go to the highest-bidding city, a process which will ensure that millions more pours into the school’s wallets.

The issue of paying athletes has been in the news recently for the past few years, pror to word being released about the college football playoff system. Last year, a new program was approved that would have allowed schools to offer a $2,000 stipend, in addition to their scholarship, to college athletes. The measure was sidelined after more than 100 schools asked to override the measure. Critics were afraid that not everyone could afford tit and that would lead to inequality among the various institutions.

The National College Players Association, an advocacy group of some 17,000 current and former Division I student-athletes, says they are not asking for players to be paid but would instead rather have more money go towards keeping them safe. They point out that camp begins in August and the season will not finish until January. The increased length and number of games takes a toll on athletes and more money should be dedicated to their protection. Specifically, the NCPA pointed out that extra money should go towards minimizing the risk of head traumas associated with the rough play of football.

Read: “Playoff dollars could spark calls to pay players,” by Ralph Russo, published at KTTC.com.

(Lee Davis is a Chattanooga attorney who can be reached at lee@davis-hoss.com or at 266-0605.)

 


BayBears Nip Lookouts Wednesday, 1-0, In Mobile

Mobile edged Chattanooga by a final of 1-0  Wednesday  night at Hank Aaron Stadium. The win snapped a 0-7 start to the BayBears' 2016 home schedule. It’s fair to say that Lookouts' starting pitcher DJ Baxendale deserved better. The right-hander gave up just one run over eight innings and took the loss. He gave up just four hits. He walked one and struck out five. ... (click for more)

UTC's McLennan At NCAA Shoal Creek Regionals

-Chattanooga Mocs senior golfer Emily McLennan tees off Thursday at the NCAA Shoal Creek Regional just outside Birmingham. The three-day, 54-hole event concludes Saturday. The top six teams and three individuals on non-advancing squads move on to the NCAA Championships at Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore. This is McLennan’s third trip to regionals, her first as an individual. ... (click for more)

Teen Shot Multiple Times On Wilson Street On Wednesday Night; Injuries "Life-Threatening"

A teenager was shot multiple times on Wilson Street on Wednesday night. The incident was in the 1900 block around 6:30 p.m. The 911 caller said the victim was on her porch. The shooter was said to be in a silver vehicle. Chattanooga Police arrived on the scene, initiated first aid and attempted to locate a crime scene. Hamilton County EMS transported the victim to ... (click for more)

Woman Tells Of Having Shots Fired At Her When She Walked Into Disorder At South Germantown Road Apartment Complex

Officer Joel Gunn of the Chattanooga Police Department and a woman who was fired at after she walked into the scene of a shooting testified in court Wednesday concerning the shooting at the Chateau Royale Apartments on South Germantown Road on April 22. Coy Sims, 48, was arrested by Officer Gunn after police were called by residents of the apartment complex. On the night of the ... (click for more)

Thankful For The Vital Role Teachers Played In My Life

Re: Roy Exum: Teachers Day Tomorrow Roy, I am especially appreciative of your poignant column written in tribute to teachers.  It made me tear up, as I have encountered both as a student and a career educator-- teachers like the second-grade teacher who said, "I wish you were my little girl" and teachers like Mrs. Poindexter.   My teachers have played such a vital ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The DA’s Cold-Case Quest

It is clearly a job nobody can do for over an hour or two, but Neal Pinkston, working in hand with precise professionals from the county’s auditing department, is intent on doing the right thing. As I watched a revolving team of four people at a time open and study envelopes of autopsy photographs on Tuesday, the scene would have made a fascinating television documentary. But ... (click for more)