For years . . . This blog noted that college athletes deserve to be paid.
A few grouchy readers disagreed and cited the "benefit" of a useless degree as a fair exchange for an exceptional amount of labor, dedication and obscene profits from TV rights.
In the end, as usual, TKC was proven correct. The courts agreed that NCAA players have the right to make a buck from their work just like any student who labors in far less profitable sections of universities.
Accordingly . . . Thanks to one of our KICK-ASS READERS . . . Here's a peek at how Jayhawk ballers are enjoying a well-deserved pay day following an EPIC victory . . .
Jayhawks star Ochai Agbaji will likely soon sign an NBA contract worth as much as $5 million as a first-round pick, but most of the touring players will return to the team next year. All of it is being organized by Kansas alumni who are explicitly banding together to line players’ pockets—and it’s all perfectly legal.
The “KU Basketball Barnstorming Tour” is being organized by a new and disruptive entity in college sports: “collectives” of supporters that operate outside the normal universe of the university and its athletic department. Collectives are companies, usually founded by well-connected and well-resourced alumni, whose sole aim is to pool the financial resources of a university’s fan base and direct funds to athletes who are now able to profit from their name, image and likeness under new rules that went into place last year.
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The Kansas Jayhawks won the NCAA men's basketball title in early April. A few weeks later, members of the team are on a barnstorming tour that will let them monetize their success in a way that was never possible until now.