Earlier this week, California passed a bill allowing student-athletes to be compensated for their name and likeness during their college careers.
The bill passed with a unanimous vote and paved the way for major change in college athletics. The NCAA is against the bill and thinks it could become the end of amateurism in college athletics.
On Friday morning, former Florida star Tim Tebow revealed he’s against the bill too.
In an appearance on First Take, Tebow trashed the idea of college athletes being compensated for their play.
“When I was at Florida I had one of the top-selling jerseys in the world,” Tebow said on the show. “It was like Kobe [Bryant], LeBron [James] and I was right behind them and I didn’t make a dollar from it – but nor did I want to. I knew going into college what it was all about. I knew going to Florida, my dream school, where I wanted to go – the passion for it.
“If I could support my teammates, support my college, support my university that’s what it’s all about. But now we’re changing it from “us,” from “we,” from “my university” from being an alumni which makes college football and college sports special to then “okay it’s not about us, it’s not about we, it’s about me. Yes I know we live in a selfish culture, but we’re just adding and piling on to that where it changes what’s special about college football – we turned it into the NFL where it’s about who has the most money that’s where you go. That’s why people are more passionate about college sports than they are about the NFL.”
Both Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman hold opposing viewpoints on the debate.
— First Take (@FirstTake) September 13, 2019
Tebow is in the minority of athletes when it comes to his stance on collegiate athletes being paid, but that won’t bother him at all.
The former Heisman winner is one of the most marketable athletes in the world. Making money in college wasn’t a necessity for him – but it is for others who play the game.
Is change coming to college athletics?