Let college athletes get paid for endorsements

It’s time to acknowledge that college athletes are a cash cow for many colleges.  That’s certainly true for football and basketball, which is why Florida and four other states are about to allow college athletes to cash in on their names and likenesses (“N.C.A.A. Chief, Pressured by State Laws, Pushes to Let Athletes Cash In,” The New York Times, May 8).

The argument against the change is that athletes are students first and foremost.  As a result, allowing them to profit from their deals would make them pros.  But in the final analysis, they are bringing in millions of dollars for their schools.  Their coaches are not subject to restrictions on cutting deals, so why have a double standard?

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