One of the most equitable forms of payment I’ve thought of would be from revenue generated from each sport. A payment scale would have to be devised, but an example is football, which seems to be the biggest money producer, especially in the Southeastern Conference. Football players would be paid from revenue generated from football games.
I would think that at the University of Alabama, sports such as softball, gymnastics and men’s basketball are self-sustaining and generate a positive cash flow. The revenue these sports generate is nothing compared to football, but at least the athletes could depend on a stipend.
In dealing with other sports, which includes swimming, golf, track and field and all other non-revenue producing sports, this is where the largesse of football would trickle down in order for all athletes to receive a payment. There could be a minimum and maximum payment scale devised in order for each student to get paid.
I’m just using this as an example, a $1,000 minimum and $5,000 maximum. All of the sports mentioned may not be money producers, but they can and do generate plenty of wonderful publicity, just as the national championship women’s golf team did this year and the men’s golf team almost did from this past year at Alabama.
To me, it seems the only fair way to implement paying college athletes is by how much money their sport generates.