Yesterday on CBS’s Sunday Morning program they had a feature about whether college athletes should be paid. I don’t have a dog in this hunt but I don’t think the advocates really understand the argument they were making.
As I understood it they were arguing that due to the athletic scholarships they receive college athletes (not all college athletes are on scholarship) are already employees of the university and, consequently, the universities should shoulder the responsibilities of employers including paying their athletes cash wages.
To me the most obvious solution to the problem would be to end athletic scholarships.
I also suspect that the advocates don’t want to think about the fact that payments in kind are taxable and if athletes are employees then a Northwestern University athlete on scholarship owes on the order of $20,000 to the IRS but that’s a different subject.