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.
Our friends at InsiderLouisville.com have more from the interview: “Gov. Matt Bevin says college athletes should be financially compensated”