If we are going to pay student-athletes in college for playing sports, why not tie the salaries of the student-athletes to the salaries of their coaching staffs. Let’s use college basketball to illustrate our proposal. The Kentucky Wildcats have 16 players on their roster. The coach of the Kentucky Wildcats, John Calipari, makes $8 million USD per year. (For simplicity, let’s ignore the salaries of the other coaches on his staff.) Under our proposal, each player on Coach Calipari’s team would be entitled to $500,000 each year. (We would award each player on the team equal shares of the coach’s salary for reasons of equity, but we are open to suggestions.) The rationale behind our proposal is this: if universities can afford to pay millions of dollars to their coaches, surely they are also able to afford to pay their players, right?
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