Bobby Bonilla's Financial Planner
- Jun 5, 2010
This is what bugs me about the whole situation. I can't reconcile "No, players shouldn't share in revenues or even be allowed to profit from their names and likenesses, because the primary mission of college sports is to mold student athletes into adults" with a huge disparity in facilities in the same sport between the two genders.This is not the NBA/WNBA. The NCAA's responsibility is ostensibly to the student athletes, not to profit. They're not supposed to support and provision individual sports based on the amount of cash they currently bring in. Your argument about the difference in talent level is lazy. They don't have the same athletic abilities as the men, that does not mean they deserve to be relegated to a corner in a massive and spacious facility, provided a single small rack of dumbbells while the men have every piece of equipment they need. Your personal preference in which sport you watch is completely irrelevant to this matter.
Either admit that the primary mission of NCAA football and men's basketball is to make money, in which case the athletes need to have a stake in the revenue like in every other professional sport, or provide comparable facilities to women's basketball players. Either way is fine. I'd go with the first since it's reality, but whatever floats the NCAA's boat.