Kentucky head coach John Calipari believes college athletes should be able to earn income from their name.
With the recent bribery scandal involving an FBI investigation looming over college basketball, there’s been much discussion about the NCAA system as a whole and and how to fix college athletics in general.
Kentucky head coach John Calipari thinks he has a solution, and it’s actually a system that already exists in college baseball.
“Players should be allowed representation just like they have in baseball,” Calipari told FanRag Sports. “They don’t need a new model because there’s already a model in place. That’s what they do in baseball.”
“Players should be able to earn income because of their name, their signature, and their likeness,” Calipari said. “If a uniform is sold with a player’s name on it, the player should get a percentage on it. If they want to go out and sign autographs, let them sign autographs. The money should be deferred. They should be able to sign a shoe contract too, but the money should be deferred unless it’s used by the parents of the player for transportation or expenses to come and see the kid’s play. They’re not professionals if that happens and it probably eliminates a lot of stuff.”
So in theory, with players profiting from their name and likeness, backdoor dealings—like the ones that occurred at Louisville—would cease to exist. And with the profits being deferred, the athletes would maintain their amateur status. That’s one way to try and take the money out of college sports, and it seems like a fairly reasonable solution.