December 18, 2003

Pay Athletes? Nah, Just Send Them to Bowl Games

POST #    655

Just one of the gifts for Sugar Bowl participants - a Nokia N-Gage.

In August, Jeremy Bloom clamored about how college athletes should be paid, but who needs money if you get a free education and "gifts" for playing?'s Darren Rovell reports on the gifts that players get for just getting to the bowls and it's quite a list. Players aren't just getting parting gifts like t-shirts and hats, but are getting hundred dollar watches, mp3 players, cell phones, video game consoles, rings, and the list goes on. Now, it's no easy task to get there, but is getting $300 worth in goodies not just a form of payment? Sounds like it to me. What's even more crazy is that the gift giving isn't something that the bowls do out of generosity, but it is an NCAA requirement that they hand out about $300 in gifts to bowl participants. I guess that free education just isn't enough.

- Schwag bags always loaded with treats

Posted by tien mao in Sports at 2:14 PM



When you think of how much money these athletes bring into the University - some have 100,000 seat stadiums, plus TV revenue, plus bowl revenue, plus a share of away game attendance - a little schwag basket is small potatoes. And here's the kicker: if you're on athletic scholarship, you can't hold a work-study job (I think, they may have changed that one.)

Posted by: Peter at December 19, 2003 3:17 AM

Man, I want to go to a bowl game! Oh wait, I am! I won't be receiving any gift baskets though unfortunately.

Posted by: Justin at December 19, 2003 9:53 AM

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