Big 12 football: Bowlsby says no to pay for play
Do not count Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby among the proponents of paying athletes. “If we establish an employer/employee relationship, we will have lost our way,” Bowlsby said.
Bowlsby has several arguments against the idea. Starting with the notion that football and basketball players should be paid, since they part of the major-revenue sports.
Bowlsby refers to it as “labor value.” “I don’t think anyone will suggest that wrestlers don’t work as hard as football players, or track and field athletes don’t work as hard as basketball players.
“It has to be for all athletes. Many of our kids labor in obscurity and work just as hard as many that play in front of the big crowds.
“If we ever get to resemble professionals, we will have made a major mistake.”
Bowlsby said college athletics remain not a training ground for professional sports but an avenue to life success.
Message Sent Successfully
Be Sure to Check Out Our Top Headlines
- 39385Dillon Overton rips former Sooners coach Sunny Golloway on Twitter
- 13186Oklahoma football: New assistant Bill Bedenbaugh discusses state of OU's offensive line
- 12510New OSU CB Tyler Patmon, ex-OU QB Drew Allen among those to benefit from transfer rule
- 11930Live blog: "The Voice" Season 4 live finale - performance episode
- 10305UPDATE: Woman's body found in northwest Oklahoma City, her son arrested
- 7560Oklahoma City Thunder: Hard to tell if Shabazz Muhammad is on OKC's radar
- 7262Oklahoma baseball: Sunny Golloway wasn't Sooners' most beloved coach, but he got results
- 7231Oklahoma State football: Quarterback Wes Lunt transferring to Illinois
- 6637Top 5 regrets of the dying
- 5911Russell Westbrook is off crutches and says he's back
Back to share with a friend form.
Add More Recipients