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Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin says college athletes should get paid

Kentucky governor Matt Bevin went on a Paducah radio show Tuesday morning and said he believes college athletes should be financially compensated for all of the revenue they generate for the NCAA and their universities.

Bevin told WKYX, “I think we should pay college athletes. I really do. This idea that they’re not professionals is nonsense.”

When asked how the student-athletes should be paid, Bevin added, “I think we should maybe defer that comp – fair enough, they can defer it — but they and their families should be able to benefit from the sacrifices they make.”

“The coaches are making millions of dollars a year,” he continued. “Shoe contracts are dictating what happens on our college campuses. Athletics directors and others associated with it that are making exorbitant fees. I don’t begrudge people making a high living. Good for them, and I mean that sincerely. But if that comes at the expense of those that are delivering the athletic prowess on the field, then maybe we should rethink the fact that this is really like the minor leagues for the professional sports associations, and they should be compensated and treated accordingly.”

Bevin went on to say he doesn’t believe anyone is intentionally exploiting the student-athletes, but ‘exploiting’ is a word that can be used to describe what is happening in college athletics today.

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Article written by Drew Franklin

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28 Comments for Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin says college athletes should get paid

  1. E Cat
    12:29 pm October 3, 2017 Permalink

    Didn’t know Bevin was so big behind the proletariats. If you want to be a true capitalist here, though, you wack Title 9 and all the non-revenue generating sports and just pay the kids on revenue-generating teams. On top of that, you have to pay Anthony Davis way more than Jon Hood. Not that all this is not possible, but not easy. …. And, by paying them, don’t think it completely stops cheating. People around players will always want more if money to be had.

    • bhb71
      1:05 pm October 3, 2017 Permalink

      I never thought I would agree with Comrade Bevin on any sort of controversial issue. And true capitalism is the current status quo: the established elite will exploit every penny they can out of people that aren’t in a position to fight them.

      For the record, though, you could easily not distribute money generated by athletics evenly amongst the different sports. You’d likely have to divide up money made with apparel companies evenly amongst all student athletes, but the money brought in by our TV contract for football and Commonwealth ticket sales can be attributed solely to our football team. How you divide up revenue amongst the different players on each team is another story, but the argument that you would have to pay all student athletes equally has always confused me.

    • LooseGreyGoose
      1:20 pm October 3, 2017 Permalink

      That’s not even close to true capitalism; but Engles version of it.

      Besides, Bevin agreed that the University shouldn’t be paying, but the rules should allow the students to benefit financially (endorsements, sell memorabilia, etc.).

      As a libertarian, I have always endorsed this idea and think it’s criminal that state & federally sponsored schools are making money off of these kids while disallowing them to earn anything outside of a scholarship. The rules enforce a temporary indentureship on primarily young African American men. Further, the constant threat to expand this timeframe is always there (no more 1 & done as an example).

      The constant mantra is that the money would ruin the sacredness of the “student athlete”…but that’s kind of a farce for stars anyway. If athletes were allowed to capitalize on their talents while in school, you might see more opt to stay in and get their degrees (and improve their game) rather than hop to the pros for a check.

  2. RackEmWillie
    12:33 pm October 3, 2017 Permalink

    So, who are we paying? Because if you pay the John Wall’s of the college world, every year, you legally have to pay the last scholarship player on the golf team as well.

    • LooseGreyGoose
      1:21 pm October 3, 2017 Permalink

      Read again. He isn’t saying that the school pays them, but that they have the legal ability to make money based on their fame….endorsements for instance.

  3. Trevor
    12:46 pm October 3, 2017 Permalink

    That’s the whole problem. How can we have an equitable distribution? Like it was mentioned above. Do you pay everyone the same thing…no. You would pay the major players on the revenue generating teams way more than the Freshman on the Golf Team.

    I see a lot of people say they should be paid but offer no viable solution/way to pay them.

  4. kjd
    12:57 pm October 3, 2017 Permalink

    Can’t afford to pay every college athlete. Title IX would require every single one be paid.
    Paying them will not stop cheating. Cheater U. will offer under the table bonus money if you come play for us.
    Student/athlete is being paid with free tuition, free housing, free food, free tutoring, free training, free nutritionist, free travel, free coaching/mentoring. (Non-revenue sports may not get what football & basketball get.)
    The rules are known going in. If you don’t like them, don’t play. Pay all of the above out of your pocket.

    • bhb71
      1:13 pm October 3, 2017 Permalink

      The student is getting “paid” tenths of pennies on the dollar for the value of their labor. And what part of Title IX would prevent schools from treating their various sports teams as independent subsidiaries of the university’s athletic department and pay players based on each sport’s revenue individually and divide up funds given directly to the UK athletics department by IMG Media and Nike amongst everyone. Everyone gets something, but it recognizes the differences in the different sports.

    • LooseGreyGoose
      1:23 pm October 3, 2017 Permalink

      Your argument is being made within the confines of Title IX–assuming that his is as well. First, Bevin didn’t endorse schools paying students, but NCAA rules changes allowing for compensation for their talents (Nike deals, selling jerseys, etc.). Further, if we are changing rules within the context of this argument, then Title IX is susceptible as well.

    • Luether
      2:17 am October 4, 2017 Permalink

      Take the “pay” from the coaches…

  5. bhb71
    1:45 pm October 3, 2017 Permalink

    I guess I should clarify: it seems that this comment section is more of a discussion on universities paying players by using Bevin’s comments as a jumping off point.

    It’s funny to me how I find more common ground as a Syndicalist with self-described Libertarians. We aren’t too different, you and I.

  6. Catsby80
    1:48 pm October 3, 2017 Permalink

    Why are we having this discussion of paying players fairly? That isn’t how the real world works. If the athletes can make money off of their own names then that is up to them to do. If John Wall makes 50k in his freshmen season from basketball jerseys, autographs, etc. then good for him. If the freshman golfer only makes 100 bucks off autographs and what not, then tough shit – that’s life. I don’t get paid as much as everyone else I work with… That’s called life.

    • MattyBangsPCResponse
      4:17 pm October 3, 2017 Permalink

      You sir are correct. This is also how the professional leagues work, which is where most of these athletes strive to be. So why would we baby them by trying to give everyone a “fair share” of the pie, when everyone isn’t contributing equally to the pie? I cannot wait for this to play out in the media (if it gets that far). This is a great case study for the entire world. It will also help the “victims” of the larger problem (“Social injustice”) realize it isn’t about skin color, gender, etc. It’s all about RICH VS POOR. So when the most popular athletes are starting to have to sacrifice for the less popular players, they will start complaining how it isn’t fair (It isn’t). What they will not understand is they are being hypocrits. In that situation they aren’t the “victim,” but in the larger social injustice situation, they are the victim (at least in their perspectives). At this point, the entire social inequality argument will crumble faster than the UofL athletics. Also, at this point, Matt Jones will come on the radio and say “It’s just different” with no other solid explaination/facts to go along with that explaination. The only difference in the situations are the people/parties on each side of the argument. Which will highlight how we are now more focused on outcomes/parties associated with situations, then we are with the actual acts in the situations. We are trying to police who can/can’t do to whom.

    • MattyBangsPCResponse
      4:50 pm October 3, 2017 Permalink

      To continue my comment from above, please do not point to police actions as cause for injustice. While this is important, I would agree with all “victims” about the police force, they are corrupt and do not treat everyone fairly. Therefore, I do not like the police (and government for that matter since they are the ones who pay/employee them). But to generalize a problem with the police force to white America as a cultural problem is naive and agenda driven. It’s like someone generalizing the interests of all NBA/NFL players to all minorities since the league is mostly made up of minorities. It makes no sense and is wrong to do so. But everyone chooses to look over these basic, elementary facts which are not hard to understand (meaning even the people with only GEDs can understand it). It is a choose (whether intentionally or not) to overlook these facts as they do not benefit their position in the argument.

  7. dylangeorge7988
    1:50 pm October 3, 2017 Permalink

    Yet he doesn’t think marijuana will ever be legal in Kentucky. Twilight Zone

  8. RealCatsFan
    2:35 pm October 3, 2017 Permalink

    At UofL, they are already getting paid, so what’s his point? 😉

  9. crazycatfan65
    2:36 pm October 3, 2017 Permalink

    When did a college education become free? Yes colleges are making a ton of money off these players but they are also getting a free education out of the deal. How many of these players would be able to “afford” college if it wasn’t for the fact that they excel at playing a kids game. How many everyday kids have to go in debt just to be able to go to college?

  10. MattyBangsPCResponse
    3:08 pm October 3, 2017 Permalink

    I’m all for additional compensation of student athletes. But really all this is going to do is make school tuition even more expensive for those that are paying. With all these scholarships being given nowadays, the people that actually have to pay for it will not/cannot afford it. So our logic here is to give/benefit for a few and take/sacrifice from the many? Does anyone else not see the hypocrisy in this logic? Are we not in the situation we are today due to the few benefitting at the expense of many? I’d love to see Matt explains this without being a hypocrit

    • MattyBangsPCResponse
      3:09 pm October 3, 2017 Permalink

      Because at the end of the day, the university/state/government are going to make their margin. The extra cost will be past on to the consumer

    • Sentient Third Eye
      3:13 pm October 3, 2017 Permalink

      Good point, and tickets are already too high.

    • MattyBangsPCResponse
      3:18 pm October 3, 2017 Permalink

      The consumer that actually pays of course. Not the consumer who is given a scholarship. As much as we like to say these scholarships come from the ‘government’ or some other institution, who actually is paying for it. The tax payers or tuition paying students. What I’m saying is, the athletes should get more compensation but not at the expense of tax payers or tuition paying students. So what is the solution to this problem (IM LOOKING AT YOU MR KNOW IT ALL (MATT JONES))? Someone has to give. Who gets to decide the party that has to sacrifice so the other party can benefit? Then, once that question is answered, who gets to decide how much one side should sacrifice at the benefit of others? And then the next question would be, when does this sacrificing stop? What are we using to measure how much has been sacrificed and how much left the party has to sacrifice? I’m all for finding a solution. However, I am not for the same party to decide who has to sacrifice/who benefits AND how much each sacrifices/benefits.

  11. natertatter
    4:38 pm October 3, 2017 Permalink

    thats why one should never say never………….i just agreed with matt bevin………..crazy……..

  12. MattyBangsPCResponse
    5:55 pm October 3, 2017 Permalink

    The only question you need to ask yourself if you are tax paying (and/or tuition paying) individual in our country/state is, “If you think college athletes should receive additional payment, are you willing to be the one to pay them?” Because at the end of the day, it will be passed along to the consumer whether consumer is defined as a tuition paying student, fan attending a game, etc. Just because the money on the receipt of sale will not say your name, doesn’t mean that money isnt coming straight from your pocket. Now, a fair way to do this would be to not increase taxes just redistribute the budget to accommodate this. Which would mean everyone would fairly have to sacrifice. But somehow liberals would say this is unfair and nationalists are trying to keep you down…..

  13. BigBlueBass
    8:31 pm October 3, 2017 Permalink

    The Workers Comp rate would be outrageous!!!

  14. angrykygrandpa
    7:39 am October 4, 2017 Permalink

    Imagine the costs of paying every player in every sport offered in college? You can’t pay the boys basketball team and not pay the girls volleyball team, I promise this would end many sports, many women related, as they don’t have the ticket sales and support of the mens. That would be a legal mess no College would like to be in the middle of. UK mens basketball pays for the others equipment, coaching staff, travel costs and operating fees of 90% of the other sports offered by UK. Than, of course, being paid professionals, they’d have to pay the same as any student going to college. Nothing free, since it’s a paid service they are providing. Can you see a 18 year old figuring out student loans, taxes, and finances as a paid professional? I’d see them leaving in debt and those that are not signed have a debt they’ll never be able to pay. The only ones benefit are the few that are signed professionally and the thousands that aren’t will suffer and pay a lifetime and ruin their credit before they even leave college. College sports is an internship to the professional level. As with doctors and nurses, they must intern in a hospital before reaching professional level, so should the college athlete.