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Thanks to the recent allegations against Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, this one has come into the forefront of college sports even more recently.
While I see both sides of the argument for pros and cons in paying college athletes, I've come to the point where we need to see it abolished.
If a university can make millions off merch sold from a star football or basketball player, but the kid can't market himself as a brand (which he is), how is that fair?
A "normal" college kid on an academic scholarship who sells personalized t-shirts from his dorm can make money, but one on an athletic scholarship can't do the same for giving his signature?
Even worse, look at recent cases like Enes Kanter at Kentucky or Dez Bryant at Oklahoma State, who was suspended for feeling like he had to lie about his relationship with Hall of Famer Deion Sanders. On the other hand, Kanter was ineligible for getting paid over $30,000 from a former pro team internationally.
This is obviously a huge decision, but if Manziel can get escorted around the country for first pitches and court-side seats at NBA games, he should have the chance to get paid for his appearances without penalty.