Thomas O'Hara’s Jan. 13 Other Views article, Pay them and end the hypocrisy, suggested paying college football players up to $20,000 annually, plus room and board, to play for up to 4 years, followed by full academic scholarships for the vast majority who won’t make the NFL, plus, presumably, room and board for another 4 or 5 years.
Add up these totals times 85 players per roster, and the amount will preclude all but the top athletic-spending universities from competing. And guess who’ll foot most of the bill.
As a UM season ticket holder for 28 years, I've seen ticket prices skyrocket. Yet, many other universities charge even more through their booster clubs for the privilege of obtaining quality seats.
If O’Hara really wants to end the hypocrisy, how about linking funding for a state’s school's athletic budget in proportion to the amount that state spends on education. Goodbye SEC domination!
Jeff Spiero, Hollywood