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AAC commissioner Mike Aresco: ‘We will not pay players’

Oct 16, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

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Speaking at the inaugural American Athletic Conference media day down in Memphis, AAC commissioner Mike Aresco didn’t hesitate sharing his feelings about properly compensating collegiate athletes.

“We will not pay players,” Aresco said.

Ok, then.

There’s more, from the AP: “We will not establish an employer-employee relationship. That’s not what college sports is about, and it is the road to ruin. The amateur model may be strained. There’s no question there’s issues. But with intelligent work and revisions, it can continue to work. It has to work.”

The road to ruin, eh? For who? The athletes who generate the billions of dollars of revenue that is created by their on-field and on-court exploits, or the high-powered suits at the conferences and the NCAA that are cut six and seven figure checks?

To be fair, Aresco said that his conference is willing to consider a stipend for full cost-of-attendance scholarships. Two years ago, a proposal was passed that allowed schools to pay their athletes a $2,000 stipend, but it was eventually shot down by the smaller schools that couldn’t afford it.

  1. thetruthcampaign - Oct 16, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    If they ever do pay them, they should not be allowed to create a “market”. That means all players would get the same pay, say $25,000/year, for example. Across the board.

  2. eugenesaxe1 - Oct 16, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Fortunately schools don’t need to pay them. Alumni etc. are more than happy to do it.

  3. jollyjoker2 - Oct 16, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    Their asking the school leader his thoughts on paying players? Oh, lets just ask a car dealer if your getting a good deal. I mean WTF do they think he is going to say?

  4. shafted1 - Oct 17, 2013 at 7:05 AM

    Every representative from every university, every conference and the NCAA can keep declaring “they will not pay student athletes” but that decision will be made by the courts.

    The courts may very well determine that an “employer-employee relationship” has already been implemented and rule accordingly on the issue of compensation for those employees.

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