I'm sick of hearing about how athletes need to be payed and how tuition isn't enough. Well in addition to this tuition which totals more then six-figures in value, athletes get... -Free food and housing should they choose to live on campus or stipends for rent/grocery's off campus (which are high enough to cover all costs) -All the free clothing and gear they want and for anyone whose ever seen an athlete around campus they certainly take advantage of this - Exposure: The platform-if good enough, to go one to the pros and earn millions, even ending up in the CFL or playing basketball in Europe isn't terrible and for those who aren't good enough playing a D-1 sport is still an impressive thing to put on a resume - Experiences: They get to travel around the country on chartered planes, stay in nice hotels, play on national TV and in front of tens of thousands of people - They get a certain social status, some measure of celebrity, and similarly as much p*ssy as they want - They get coaching to improve their craft from world-class coaches - Mentor-ship/camaraderie and an environment which breeds values that serve as good life preparation such as teamwork, discipline, and leadership. - Free academic tutoring - Medical care Point is they have it very good as is, much better then your average student. Playing football or basketball is not some form of indentured servitude and college campuses are not modern day plantations as many would have you believe. If any athletes dislike the system so much they're free to quit and make their way on their own.