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AP: NCAA, leagues back $2.8 billion settlement, setting stage for current, former athletes to be paid

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NCAA, leagues back $2.8 billion settlement, setting stage for current, former athletes to be paid​

Story by RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer

The NCAA and the nation's five biggest conferences announced Thursday night that they have agreed to pay nearly $2.8 billion to settle a host of antitrust claims, a monumental decision that sets the stage for a groundbreaking revenue-sharing model that could start steering millions of dollars directly to athletes as soon as the 2025 fall semester.

NCAA President Charlie Baker along with the commissioners of the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and Southeastern Conference released a joint statement saying they had agreed to settlement terms. They called the move “an important step in the continuing reform of college sports that will provide benefits to student-athletes and provide clarity in college athletics across all divisions for years to come.”

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QuilterFrawg

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HG73

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Does nobody realize that we watch college sports because of our connection with the SCHOOL and not the individual players who come and go annually?
 

Dogfrog

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Does nobody realize that we watch college sports because of our connection with the SCHOOL and not the individual players who come and go annually?
My connection with the players was largely based on the fact they are students working toward a degree at my alma mater. LT and AD and hundreds of others will forever be tied to TCU. If players are perennial free agents with no school ties beyond a paycheck, why not make the upgrade to NFL fan? It’s become too cynical for my taste. This is all on the school chancellors / presidents, who stuck their heads in the sand years ago.
 

Frozen Frog

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The winners in this mess are going to be the NFL for now, lawyers, and politicians/government. The losers are going to be the schools and students.

I think eventually the NFL becomes a loser in this mess. The salary cap and rookie slots are going to kill it. All it takes is a school like Gaggie to decide a player can’t leave for the NFL. Without a salary cap in college the money truck gets parked wherever the player wants it. Now teams that really want him in the first round can’t get him. Even worse the player can say I’m not going to this place, and stay in college thus eliminating the draft.

The government is going to make money on dollars previously not taxed that were given as donations that will be taxed as they become income. The politicians will beat their chest as they claim they fought for the little guy while the cost of post-secondary education skyrockets. Too bad money once used general budget school needs and financial aid for all students will now go to athletes.

Now for the really ugly part of this whole disaster. This will hit when these athletes are having to manage this money. Taxes will be assessed, and I think that tax burden will become unmanageable on the athletes.

I think much of this can be fixed, but it is going to take the NCAA and the pro sports leagues coming together to address it. I think you will see a model similar to what we have with hockey or baseball. I think also some of the drafts will go away. I also think the NFL owners may have to eliminate the hard salary cap.
 
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