If they are employees then they should be taxed on their compensation just like everyone else.
If they have to work in tandem with said organization or business in order to accomplish something then they do have rights and specific interests. Colleges pursue legislators and wage against the students by raising prices and all else - effectively barring the students from input even though it places the results of these decisions square on the student's shoulders.
Makes perfect sense to give them more representation and voice.
Universities look at students as little more than money makers which is abusive toward the whole concept. If colleges hadn't spun so out of control it would be a non-issue but it's clear they don't always hold the student's best interest.
A screaming comes across the sky.
It has happened before, but there is nothing to compare it to now.Pynchon - Gravity's Rainbow
These players are creating economic value. We all acknowledge that, don't we? The question here is how that economic value should be allocated. Right now it is the coaches and the University (the owner) who get it all. The players deserve to get some of that far more so that non-player students who get the benefit of lowered costs as the profits are plowed back into the university.
The alternative here is for universities to divest themselves of football teams, let some businessmen buy the stadiums and teams, license the use of the university name, transform college ball into a minor league for football, and then hire players directly from high schools and pay them whatever the market will bear.
I'm a capitalist, but I'm not in favor of exploitation of labor.
High school football creates a lot of revenue, too.
At what point did playing sports stop being a fun thing to do while going to school and start being a job?
Other students have to pay their bills with no compensation. I can't put debt in the bank or invest it, ect.
If you are suggesting that students be payed for their studies than let's start with pmed students.
They aren't employees, they are students. So it isn't scary. Colleges don't pay their students, their students, pay them.If they are employees, it sets a scary precedent for the rest of us. It means employers can dictate to employees what they must spend their "earnings" on.
They are customers. If customers can unionize and demand employment from the organization they patronize that is equally frightening.