I have a feeling marketing departments will respond
Sep 27, 2021, 1:59 PM
accordingly down the road. It was a free for all to get the 'top' players when it was a first year concept but you can bet the corporate marketing budgets will be scrutinized a little more closely going forward. Especially if social media picks up on that and shines a light on poorly spent money. The other aspect I'm interested to see is how many young players in the 2021 money grab have a little trouble with the United States government come mid-April. I guarantee this will happen to at least a few.
It just shows how easily the concept of money and equality ruins all social structure, whereas a work-for-gruel economy under penalty of death for opposing the single ultimate authority runs much, much smoother. Democracy and capitalism are messy institutions, but necessary evils towards destroying the current system and driving all humanity towards the brutal authoritarian warlord system. We're just watching a small part of that play out with college athletes.
they mentioned QBs at OU, Clemson, UNC, So Cal, Miami, etc. Also said a 1st round-caliber DL from Oregon had a big NIL deal and he has sat out ever since playing the 1st game, no one thinks he is injured and unable to play.
I think I can speak for many, many young men when I say
Sep 27, 2021, 2:13 PM
there's a huge amount of maturity that happens from say, age 18 to age 23 or 24. Sure, some guys can handle it. Lebron is a good example. The vast majority cannot and will find really interesting ways to destroy their future if you give them a few hundred thousand right out of high school.
I don't think anyone is saying it's the #1 problem, but
Sep 27, 2021, 2:59 PM
it's certainly a variable worthy of discussion. I don't think it's a big stretch to say that in a lot of cases that upfront money will probably cost a lot of kids down the line. $10k might as well be a million bucks to a lot, if not most 18-20 year old dudes.
last year there were ZERO expectations on him. No pressure.
Now, he's the face of the (or one of the) most recognizable brands in CFB with preseason expectations higher than all but maybe a few teams. He has ALL the expectations, and ALL the pressure. If the stuff about his folks is true (Stinko sr slapping 'round mama after some hennessey then divorce) I could see that being a YUGE distraction to boot.