In the wake of the 2015 NCAA championship football games, which are the three most highly rated cable television “events” ever, colleges and universities must pay the athlete-students who generate billions of dollars for their schools and millions annually for their coaches.
During last night’s title game, ESPN announcer Chris Fowler drove this point home forcefully when he explained why Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliott was only carrying the football in his right hand. The star running back broke his left wrist in preseason and can’t hold a football with his left hand as a result. Now that the season is over and with championship in (good) hand, Elliott will undergo surgery. He played great and apparently didn’t aggravate the months-old injury but what if he had?
The need to win now and rake in huge profits was too strong for his school and coach to focus on his injury first. If this is the mindset in high-level college sports, then it is essential that the players, who are risking their health and future, be paid for doing so.