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Re: Next Fan fundraising for sport's teams
There should have been a realistic limit on what could go to a student-athletic.
The true purpose for this is to give the athletes something as compensation, and not outrageous amounts like $50k. They already have everything paid for (tuition, books, dorm).
Bottom line, this is the kind of thing that will relegate LBSU to permanent 2nd (3rd?, 4th?) tier status. The key reason we have been able to stay competitive nationally in baseball is that the SEC and other moneyed schools were limited to 7 scholarships. This meant that we offered as good or better situation to an athlete. With NIL money, if there is not a scholly available, just direct $50k to a kid, that is tough to pass up. If we cannot find someone with deep pockets to help us compete here, say good by to top athletes. We may still recruit freshmen well, but the minute a kid has a good season, he is likely to move to where the money is. Further, if you didn't see this coming you were not looking.
I support Long Beach State, which used to then take care of the athletes. With NIL, the university and athletes have a very difference relationship.
What NIL has become is basically buying athletes. It's intent was for someone who is a star athlete to then sign marketing contracts. But basically it has become donors giving athletes money and is highly unregulated.
Regarding the NIL look at what happened to last years Dirtbags team: Watts-Brown to Oklahoma State, Murillo to Georgia, Carlson to Texas, Schultz to Cal. All these programs (less so with Cal) have access to monied collectives to entice mid-major athletes. Especially in the case of baseball where you have a limited amount of scholarships.
I'm not disagreeing with you on continued/growing the financial support of the athletic department....it's imperative.
It's just that for a mid-major to be competitive in this new world order, a mid-major program needs to have access to an NIL collective in an attempt to stave off poaching from the likes of the SEC and Big 12.
Another thing that is happening is at the large "MONEY" schools groups of donors are getting together to create to their own nonprofits to get money to their athletes. We understand this is happening at USC. Their goal is to provide each athlete with $50,000 annually. Believe me this will also happen at UCLA, as although it is a state university donors will find a way to do it.
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