Big 10 Commissioner Speaks on Paying College Athletes

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany would just as soon leave the paychecks to the pros. The conference’s coaches and players have different takes.

The amateur model of college athletics could be shaken to its core after once California’s Fair Pay to Play Act takes effect in a few years, requiring schools to allow athletes to profit from their names, images, and likenesses through things such as endorsement deals or autograph signings. All are against current NCAA rules.

The issue was front and center at the Big Ten’s annual basketball media day. Some coaches said they see the move as a step in the right direction. Others voiced some concerns while insisting they’re in favor of improving conditions. Players seem to be all for it.

As for the conference’s commissioner? He is seemingly against it. Delany called it a “slippery slope” and seemed relieved he won’t have to deal with the issue, due to his impending retirement on January 1st

Many Big 10 coaches have different views on the subject, but one thing they all seemed to agree on: there needs to be a national standard, not different rules for different states.