The so-called Big 5 Power Conference colleges have agreed to pay a cash stipend to their athletes, ranging from $2-5,000 per player, spending money, snacks, movies, etc.
Revenue for these Big 5 Power colleges have increased 91% over the past few years due to heavy TV revenue, so they are flush. This move gives them a definite advantage over the smaller colleges who don’t receive the TV revenue and the exposure to the public.
It’s no secret, although illegal that some colleges assign prominent alumni as ‘sponsors’ to certain players who make sure the stars have a nice vehicle to ride in, nice clothes, and a ‘quiet’ stipend.
I guess getting a free college education worth thousands, which many high school football players would die for to get a chance to play college football, and maybe a shot at the pros isn’t enough anymore.