Joe Nocera for The New York Times: Johnny Football’s Payday

September 6th, 2013

The New York Times
by Joe Nocera
September 6, 2013

Welcome aboard, Time magazine. So glad you decided to join our little bandwagon!

I’m referring, as you may already know, to the cover story in the current issue. “It’s Time to Pay College Athletes,” reads the headline, accompanied by the current poster boy for the issue, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. Indeed it is.

Now that I think about it, the bandwagon isn’t so little anymore. Over the last year or so, more and more voices have joined the chorus calling for more equitable treatment of college football and men’s basketball players — athletes who essentially hold down full-time jobs, and are expected to be big revenue producers for their schools, but whose sole compensation is a scholarship, often renewable at the whim of the coach, that may or may not lead to an education and that usually doesn’t even cover the full cost of college.

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