I don't think I would be opposed to athletes having the opportunity to profit from their image (much like Olympic athletes do). I am not aware of, nor have I thought through, the potential negatives that could arise from that. The positives I can think of are that schools are not paying players (they are students, not employees), and it eliminates petty NCAA violations regarding players selling jerseys, rings etc. Of course, you only make money on your stuff if you are talented enough that someone wants to pay. I don't know.....I haven't thought it through.
I am for some type of stipend for living expenses. Not a bad idea in my opinion. I do think it opens a can of worms if players became salaried.
I am confused. Isn't the stipend issue that if it is implemented at, say, $3,000 per year, it is not just for football players, it would have to given to all scholarship athletes at the school, male and female? It isn't $3,000 X 85 scholarships per year? It is more like $3,000 X 800 or 1,000 athletes per year.