Originally Posted by Ambulance Chaser
I love Missy Franklin's idealism, but she needs to grab the cash now. How much fun is swimming against college kids going to be after you've beaten the best in the world?
This just in, the NCAA's amateur rules are stupid. I mean... New idea. Let athletes take sponsorships, use that to replace scholarship funds - would work for all Div I football, plus most of the March Madness BBall teams, possibly a few others. Take their scholarship funds to, I don't know, fund more sports (handball? Rugby? Oly Lifting?) And then the USA gets to win over 50% of olympic medals.
The mechanic of this is that you have to sponsor a team, so the school takes out their tuition chunk, then can divert those funds towards the other oly sports.