The dam is bursting.
Kevin Parker is probably not a very popular name around the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s office. Parker, a New York State Senator from Brooklyn, wants student-athletes to get 15 percent of a New York college sports program’s revenues as payment for their services as student athletes. Parker plans to get New York politicians to debate his proposal. If Parker’s proposal becomes law, and there is a long and winding road ahead for the bill, New York State would be the first state to require student-athletes get paid. New York’s best-known college sports programs are Syracuse University, St. John’s University and the United State Military Academy. Parker would like to give collegiate players the right to sell their images, names and likenesses and allow students to sign paid endorsement deals. Former college football star Tim Tebow doesn’t like all of the proposals whether it is from politicians in California, South Carolina or New York to pay players.
Tebow was recently on ESPN’s First Take and ripped apart the notion that student-athletes should get paid. “Yes, I know we live in a selfish culture, where it’s all about us, but we’re just adding and piling it on to that. Where it changes what’s special about college football. It’s about your team. It’s about your university. It’s about where my family wanted to go. It’s about where my grandfather had my dream of having Florida win an SEC championship. And you’re taking that away so young kids can earn a dollar. And I feel like that’s just not where college football needs to go.” In Tebow’s mind it is fine for student-athletes to be grateful to play and they should keep quiet about being compensated. The NCAA has gotten away with the business practice for decades but there is resistance. But lawmakers are coming after the governing body of college sports and demanding the economic model changes.