UNC-Duke tickets approaching Super Bowl prices but Zion gets $0
[–]MagicUnicornMaster27 5639 points 6 hours ago*
Nothing hit me harder than when Jabari Parker was on SportsNation and said something like, “the craziest part to me, was going into stores and not even being able to afford my own jersey.” during his time at Duke..
[–]hopquinhos 2826 points 5 hours ago
Saw a documentary where this kid said he’d go from signing autographs in a stadium full of people chanting his name to his home with an empty fridge.
[–]Rocketsthehardening 1601 points 4 hours ago
I think that was Arian Foster while he was at Tennessee. He mentioned the coaches would buy them Taco Bell but they had to keep quiet about it since it was against NCAA rules.
[–]HornetsMrPeterson15 751 points 4 hours ago
This to me is the most ridiculous thing.
Like, I can see why the NCAA wouldn’t want its athletes being paid. I don’t agree with it, but I get the “amateur” argument.
Telling a kid he can lose eligibility/scholarships/etc because his coaches bought him Taco Bell? Insane. There is no way that benefits the student athlete.
[–]CelticsChristianous 629 points 3 hours ago
In Utah, Rick Majerus our old basketball coach, bought pizza for the guys during film sessions and took a kid to dinner after a parent died. They had a three year probation for it. Its fucking ridiculous.
[–]Mavericksjv360 296 points 4 hours ago
If this was the NBA and that coach was Magic, he'd get fined for tampering
[–]spribyl 418 points 5 hours ago
That's called indentured servitude.
I get they are getting a education but the NCAA is sucking these kids dry and profiting off their labor.
Intern: you got paid?
[–]Celticsosmlol 285 points 4 hours ago
Honestly the whole "free education" part is bullshit. These student athletes are mostly to busy to really spend time learning and are having their grades "gamed" to make them pass easier to ensure their eligibility is not effected.
[–]Lakerspohmee 1800 points 9 hours ago
Why is this so expensive lol. $2400 is the cheapest I could find.
[–]Bucksweliveinasociety-ye 1255 points 9 hours ago
it’s always the most expensive college basketball ticket each year. historic rivalry and both teams are usually very good. super high demand and duke’s arena can only hold like 7500
[–]Lakerspohmee 313 points 9 hours ago
But I'm assuming the crowd will still be mostly students right? How the heck are these paid for.
And why does the most legendary college basketball program have such a tiny arena lol.
[–]TurboNeger 694 points 9 hours ago
That's a poor assumption. Duke has their student section, which holds about 1200. The other 8000 are ticketed seats.
[–]Hawksjumboponcho 6806 points 9 hours ago
Regardless of whether you agree if universities should pay student-athletes, these kids can't even make money off their own names. That's insane to me
[–]Netsnjb2017 1944 points 8 hours ago
i agree and i dont know why ncaa can't come to this middle ground compromise on that. i think individual schools paying players is a bad idea but why is it such a bad idea for zion to sell his autograph, or his shoes. why cant he have a basketball camp for kids? why cant ea put out a ncaa basketball game again and pay each player for use of the name and likeness? i would even grant ncaa some oversight into it so you dont get some booster paying $15000 for a signed basketball. all payments and amounts should be reported for verification and anything not reported or under the table could ruin eligibility
[–][LAL] Kareem Abdul-JabbarNotYourAverageWaffle 496 points 9 hours ago
One of the reasons I refuse to support college sports. Whole thing reeks of exploitation.
[–]NBABitlovin 387 points 8 hours ago
The worst is when NCAA coaches speak out against paying players. Okay coach, if it's an amateur sport, why are you getting paid 7 figures? Surely you won't mind coaching for 0 dollars and a chance at getting a professional job, right?
[–]Thunderdosante 212 points 8 hours ago
Coach K and Calipari get paid 9m and 8m respectively. That's the same as the top NBA coaches and more than the other 27 NBA coaches.
[–]TimberwolvesDalamari 2858 points 9 hours ago
I'm so glad these players make no money off of their likeness, it would really tarnish the integrity of college basketball.
Fuck the NCAA
[–]Sunsmullacc 1056 points 9 hours ago
I can't wait until the NBA ends its poisonous minimum age rule.
[–][SAC] De'Aaron FoxJaylenBrown007 527 points 8 hours ago
You got my upvote, but I think a stronger integration of the G-League (or other minor league affiliate) would be better suited for this issue than drafting 16 year olds.
[–]Chatshirez 201 points 6 hours ago
I think its important for these people to at least finish high school before joining a lower level nba league. There would be a lot of players who drop out of high school at 16 only to not live up to expectations and be late to an education at 18 or 19 when they dont make it in a career in basketball
[–]Sunssaharizona 619 points 7 hours ago
BuT hE gEtS a FrEe EdUcAtIoN
Great, now he can attend economics and legal classes where he can learn that he's getting fucked
[–]2007btw 386 points 9 hours ago
Reminder that the reason that Zion is not getting paid right now is the NBA acting as a cartel to bar players of certain ages from getting drafted. Most college fans would be absolutely fine with players being able to enter the pro leagues at any time they want and not forcing them to play in college for free, it’s the pro leagues that enforce these rules.