Tdigs I know you are smarter than that. If you can't pay players equally, from men's athletics to women's, that is a violation of Title IX. You pay football and basketball teams more than hockey, baseball, tennis or golf? Violation. Their main purpose is to play a sport that they love for the school they (usually) want to play for. The sport(s) just happens to be huge in the country and worthy of a lot of sponsorships. Sure economically speaking. But are you really going to sit here and tell me that a high school football player is ready both mentally and physically for the NFL? Hell no they aren't. Most basketball players coming out of high school are busts, not everyone is like Kobe, KG, or LeBron have been. Basketball players would fail most of the time, so they go to college and show how much they can make an impact, thus earning their scholarships and free rides. That still doesn't mean that they should get paid. One of my friends is a med student and she doesn't get paid for her training, should she get paid as well?