It is March madness and thousands of college basketball players are risking their health, if not their life, giving all for the home team. A kid on the Louisville team broke a let, will head for the hospital, and perhaps his dream of an NBA job is over. Of course, his beloved Louisville team will get millions of dollars, alumni will be happy and will contribute more millions of dollars. The players will get their pictures in the paper or on TV or on Internet, but no money will head in their direction. If their playing career ends, they will at least receive free tuition for their efforts, but not a dime in money.
The coach of the dream team from Florida, who earned $155,000 this year will probably receive an offer paying him about a million a year. Coaches make money, the school makes money, and athletes play for love of the game. There is something wrong with this equation.