As a fan (go Huskers!), I’d hate to see Remy’s dire predictions come true, but I have a feeling he’s just crying wolf. Giving the players a fairly negotiated cut from that gigantic pile of money they produce on the NCAA’s behalf won’t necessarily be the death knell of college sports, although non-revenue-producing sports would likely take a serious hit.
Either way, it’s hard for me to sympathize with the NCAA. And maybe some of these schools spend an inordinate amount of their time and resources on bread and circuses, so to speak, and should focus more instead on philosophy. But as long as someone’s reaping a profit from the deeds and fame of college athletes, O’Bannon and his attorneys have a valid argument.
JUSTIN VERNOLD is a copy editor for The Daily Star. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.