Suppose you run a restaurant in the North Central Alps region of Austria. You have a reputable and highly paid head chef running the place.
But for traditional reasons of how people viewed social classes 150 years ago, you can’t pay someone else at a restaurant. Other employees learn valuable skills as they try to reach enough levels to move to Northern Forest her land where they can be paid directly. They can be given free meals, accommodation, post-secondary vouchers, and other perks, but only such forms of compensation are permitted by local restaurant boards.
There are quite a few foodies in the area as well. They say he devotes himself to one restaurant and refuses to eat at others. They want their favorite establishment to win an annual food award, and beyond hardware they want great product every time they dine there. You can never do that, so you have to do well in the only place they frequent.
Most of these gourmets come to restaurants, eat and go home. They prefer quality food to poor quality food, but they don’t lose much sleep over a substandard meal or two. They rebel when things go wrong, but most of the time they feel they can satisfy most of them.
However, there are a handful of super foodies. They want to say they had the best meal of the year. They care more about the experience than getting value for money, whatever that means to them.
And they sneak up on up-and-coming cooks, sommeliers, servers, and even dishwashers to get paid to work at your place. The restaurant commission bans it for competitive reasons, but only occasionally does it catch someone in the act. It is in everyone’s best interest.
But then a court went against the commission and now restaurant staff can be paid openly. Not by you, of course, but by those super foodies. They have to come up with some sort of fig leaf excuse as to why working at their favorite restaurant isn’t an incentive.
The Restaurant Commission technically still prohibits such solicitations, as there is no enforcement staff nearby to enforce all of these subcontracts. We can drop the hammer for direct compensation, but these side deals are too numerous to be evaluated.
You still pay the head chef generously. But if you want to hire a good new cook with a bright future, you can’t pay him more than your competitors. One should expect that one superfood can pay him more than someone else’s superfood.
Since you cannot participate in the negotiations, you must hope that the discussion does not fall apart on issues that could have been resolved smoothly by you. And you have to expect the people offering money for side deals to actually have money. And that they do not change their minds or lose the ability to procrastinate the end of negotiations.
Our ability to acquire and retain talent is based, in part but substantially, on negotiations we cannot participate in, people we cannot control, money outside our revenue streams, and contracts we cannot become parties to.
You can’t run a restaurant with this.
As of this writing, we have no idea how the situation with Jayden Rashada will resolve. The point still stands either way, so it’s almost better left unresolved.
Florida is in this situation because the NCAA and its member schools (including UF, incidentally) have blocked direct compensation for athletes for more than a century. The idea arose from the ideals of Victorian-era amateurism, and was itself intended to prevent the upper classes from being dominated by the lower classes, who did more physically demanding work in athletics. bottom. Later it also became the rule of money, and there were many true followers of amateurism who did not think in terms of class.
That building couldn’t last forever and the court finally started to demolish it, NIL should have been the first step, but the dam burst instead.
NIL by the actual book is pretty cool, from legitimate social media influencers who happen to be college athletes to Bijan Mustardson and DeColdest Crawford advertising for HVAC. You no longer need to obtain a waiver to do so. All this is good.
But the NIL is also blatantly a path to play-for-play, and the NCAA has no staff nearby to enforce a ban on soliciting. will file a lawsuit to wipe out the rules against
The NCAA and its members do not want to pay their athletes as employees or contractors and will not force them to do so. With this, Billy Napier believes that Gator Collective, Gator Guard and/or other boosters in business can get players good deals to come to UF and actually follow them. It lands us in this nasty middle ground, where we should expect… to start finishing.
The UAA cannot use TV funds as a backstop to prevent unexpected collective or booster cash flow issues from throwing a wrench into the work. We cannot provide legal counsel to ensure that all parties are protected by the appropriate terms and conditions. Technically, you can’t even tell your Collective or Booster who to negotiate with and who they shouldn’t.
It would be a lot easier if schools could pay athletes. In particular, an NCAA-wide standard contract signed by everyone on consistent terms would solve many of these problems.
The guy named DeColdest doing A/C advertising is awesome, so there’s still a NIL market. It’s true that some people value winning more than money. This is why professional leagues have to set pay scales and salary caps for rookies. Failure to do so will result in Sam Bradford getting his six-year, $78 million contract before he even takes his one practice snap. Some people who value winning over money just can’t win and have to be handcuffed to keep their spending down.
The only kind of change that would make school compensation a cake is NIL, only to explicitly specialize in college sports.However, this is an entity with a growing number of multi-billion dollar media rights deals and hundreds of people across coaches and managers with seven-figure annual salaries. teeth A professional company and has been for some time.
Collegiate sports will become much more meaningful again when the rewards to schools for athletes again become the primary or sole source of income for most athletes. It’s bad for coaches trying, athletes looking for certainty of rewards, and fans just wanting to root for their team without worrying about the huge NIL chaos.
Just as amateurism couldn’t last forever, neither can NIL as the age of pay-for-play. It is too unstable and will collapse much faster than amateurism. Fans will have to decide if they can live with it for now or keep coming to this restaurant.
(Author’s Note: This is an opinion article that represents my views only and may not necessarily align with the opinions of Gator Country and other authors. I would like to emphasize this fact.)