The announcement Tuesday that Northwestern football players were seeking the right to unionize and collectively bargain for players' rights has sparked all kinds of questions about the future of college sports.
Though the College Athletes Players Association does not list the payment of players among its stated goals — its main missions are to better protect student-athletes from the burden of sports-related medical expenses and reform the scholarship system to help boost graduation rates — observers wonder if this is the next step in the debate over whether college athletes deserve a cut of the billions of dollars brought in by the NCAA each year.
Certain members of Wednesday's SportsTalk Live panel held the firm belief the student-athletes don't deserve to be paid, with Yahoo Sports Radio host Jason Goch saying this:
"I'm old school on this, the concussion stuff and that, if they want to put some money aside where they do settlements for things like that and health care, I'm for that. But the idea that these guys are employees and they're going to get all this money coming in, they don't know what Pandora's Box they're opening," Goch said before offering a suggestion for how universities can handle the situation going forward. "Here's what I would do if I was the university. I'd say, 'I'm going to waive all eligibility requirements, and we're going to let you play as long as you want to. You don't have to go to school there. We can hire football players like we can professors.' You can have Tim Tebow playing at Florida till at least 40. You can have Matt Leinart playing at USC. They could completely change the college landscape for worse for these guys."
Catch what the rest of the panel had to say during this debate in the video above.