WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Pay for Play

WBTV Speak Out Editorial: Pay for Play
“Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette.

Several months ago, we spoke out on the possibility of paying college athletes.

Not to the level of making them truly professionals, but some compensation for the money they bring to a university.

The recent academic scandals at the University of North Carolina have only strengthened our beliefs.

Let's face it, college football, basketball, and occasionally other sports, are HUGE moneymakers.

Over time, they bring hundreds of millions of dollars onto campus, and to the adjoining community.

It's so important that some universities will go out of their way to make sure their jocks remain eligible to play.

Or, in the case of UNC's "no-show" classes, they don't bother to see whether or not their athletes' academic courses are legit.

Now, we as fans have some culpability in this.

We demand to be entertained.

We demand a winning program.

That doesn't excuse shortcuts in delivering a proper education, but it probably contributes to it.

Remember when the Olympics were supposedly composed of only "amateur" athletes?

Well, they finally admitted what everyone already new – participants had been getting paid for years.

The sports world didn't come to an end.

And it won't now if college athletes get a little monthly stipend.

Share the wealth, and end the hypocrisy.

Tell us what you think, SpeakOut@wbtv.com