The debate of whether athletes at colleges or universities should be paid is not a new one. It has been discussed for quite sometime. Recently, though, the volume of the dialogue has been raised.
Pat Haden, USC AD, believes this will be the biggest NCAA obstacle in the future as he told 110SportsPodcast.com, “I think student-athlete welfare to me (is the biggest concern for the NCAA). I don’t think we’ve got that figured out yet, how to best take care of our student-athletes.”
There was a movement to have the stipend which schools allocate to athletes go up to an additional 2,000 dollars per person. That measure could have been a nice step in a positive direction was initially passed then over-ridden. Some schools opposed this in large part because they argued that it violated the NCAA’s philosophy on amateur sports and that it would have complications with Title IX rules.
Haden said he believed many conferences with the available funds should be able to make the extra payment regardless of the opposition, “Conferences like the Pac-12 with the television contracts we just did certainly do (have the money). Other conferences don’t. At some point we are going to have to accept; I believe that there are have conferences and have-not conferences and live with that.”
With athletic directors, conference commissioners, student-athletes, media people and fans all pushing for some sort of a revolution – change may just happen.
“I just don’t think it’s right when all these dollars wash in college athletics, we’re not letting enough benefit our student athletes.
“I certainly think we ought to have them get enough in their stipend checks so that they aren’t hungry at the end of the month,” Haden added. “It’s just not right. The formula is not right.”
– For the full interview with Pat Haden listen to Episode 150 on 110SportsPodcast.com.
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