I think this is a pretty big deal as I haven't heard of any athlete in my area of the country getting anything like this -- yes, we have the highly rated 5-stars getting these unbelievable deals, but Zay is not yet considered to be on that level -- I know this is a BC alumni owned dealership, but I can see it helping sell BC to a 4 star that is considering coming here.
I wonder if Zay is even aware of the tax implications -- but he discussed his agent, so he must be protected. But every time he drives that car around campus or around his home town, he will be a walking advertisement for BC program. That is what I am so excited about.
Good for Zay. A big payday, but where does it end? Boosters from big programs can essentially hire the talent their school needs. I know there is a distinction between boosters paying players and schools paying them. But, I am not sure it is a distinction with a difference. Why not just let schools hire players directly?
Gasson, I get that. My point is the result is the same. Give it 5 years and college football will be unrecognizable. Don't expect us to compete with what SEC boosters can pay. Right now, the transfer portal is filled with kids who want more playing time. In 5 years, it will be stars lured away in "free agency". Georgia needs to fill a slot at wide receiver? Just double Zay's "salary".If you hire athletes, they become employees as opposed to enrolled student-athletes. The schools wanted to avoid employee arrangements.
Gasson, I get that. My point is the result is the same. Give it 5 years and college football will be unrecognizable. Don't expect us to compete with what SEC boosters can pay. Right now, the transfer portal is filled with kids who want more playing time. In 5 years, it will be stars lured away in "free agency". Georgia needs to fill a slot at wide receiver? Just double Zay's "salary".
While I agree that this could certainly happen -- there has already been discussion of Sanders for coaching vacancies and some aver that his best players will follow him if he leaves to coach a major school. Look at what happened at Saint Peters when its coach switched over to Seton Hall. Also, BC has some very rich alumni -- but most have shown an interest in donating to improve academics rather than athletics. What will happen if one of the folks like Musk decides he wants to "sponsor" a team from the college of his choice. It isn't just the wealthy SE conference folks who can change the landscape -- it is anyone with money and willing to spend it on the college of his or her choice. If a private citizen informs an athlete that BC is pursuing that they will pay him or her if the athlete chooses to go to BC, and the prospect meets the academic requirements of BC (if, in fact, BC even knows about the agreement between the sponsor and prospect), the school cannot prevent it. Many companies will pay for employees to attend college and get a degree while they are employed. All of these types of situations could lead to serious problems without any controls -- The NCAA had a chance to fix this and put its head in the sand -- Athletes obtain agents to ensure they are protected and get the best deal -- does this mean that all high school athletes who may be offered college scholarships will have to have agents to protect them -- and what about ethics -- what will the athlete be required to do to keep that sweet deal -- there are just so many road bumps. College sports are at crossroads -- and it is a very precarious one.