Pac-12 commission Larry Scott chatted with ESPN.com writer Ted Miller before the conference’s media day event on Friday.
The whole interview is worth reading (here), but especially of interest were Scott’s comments about compensating student athletes (and not just football players but all athletes, even those who participate in sports that lag far behind football in terms of profitability):
From my perspective, we are talking about across the board, all athletes. For those of us advocating for more resources for student-athletes, we’re not advocating for it on the basis of their bringing in the money so they deserve it. We’re advocating for it on the basis that the schools have the resources to do more to support student-athletes — academically, health and welfare and financially. All student-athletes. Now, football will disproportionately benefit because you have 85 scholarship athletes. No other sport is anything close. But no one is thinking about this in terms of paying student-athletes for their performance.
The idea of paying student athletes is not a ubiquitously popular proposition, but it is one that has gained a lot of traction these past few months. What do you think, FanSided readers? Do college athletes deserved to be paid for their efforts? Sound off (uncompensated, sorry) in the comments below.