Not arguing with the spirit of your statement, but I am curious how in the world scholarships don't count as payment.They really should. The whole bullshit of NCAA coaches making millions of dollars while the actual athletes don't make shit is pretty much bullshit. It invites the culture of hidden bribery and corruption where they actually do get paid, sneakily, under the table, with the occasional scandal about it. It's exploitative for these universities to make so much from student athletes and give back so little. Just make it legal to pay them and drop that bullshit, which has no real ethical basis except some imaginary dedication to "amateur" athletics which nobody believes anyway.
And quit shamelessly screwing them out of an education by letting them get away with GPA murder for shitty academic work. Hold them to the same academic standards as any other student, or just let them go pro.
College athletics is fucked up on so many levels that it really seems impossible to un-fuck. They expect professional level sports performance, and in return, give them a bogus degree that isn't useful if, as the vast majority of them do, they do NOT go pro, because you really can't be all-star athletic and all-star academic at the same time, unless you are some incredibly rare Renaissance man type.
At the same time, fuck Colin Kaepernick specifically. Nobody has anything to apologize to that motherfucker about.
I mean if it costs $X to attend example university, and they tell an athlete, "come play for us, and you can attend here" then that's at least a barter system yes? The athlete is getting a paycheck of essentially $X.
Again, not defending the system, but I can just see how things are going to go over when other students going to said college learn that the sportsball guys are not only going there for free, but making MORE money on top of that.