COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 20: The Ohio State Buckeyes marching band spells out Ohio to the cheers of fans before their game against the Michigan Wolverines on November 20, 2004 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State upset Michigan 37-21. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

A recent Wall Street Journal report values the college football programs at Ohio State, Texas and Oklahoma at $1.5 billion, which would make them worth more than almost every NBA and NHL team. And QB Joe Burrows, Ohio State’s backup to J.T Barrett, certainly noticed.

Naturally, NCAA athletes can’t profit off their likeness, take anything free or have another job on the side as the rest of their fellow college students can because “amateurism”, yet the conferences can sign billion-dollar television contracts profiting everyone but the players. Players are certainly in tune with this way more than they used to be, especially since Burrow isn’t the first Ohio State QB to notice how valuable his football team is to everyone but himself and his teammates:

#TBT in honor of #GraduationWeekend??‍?

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But at least Burrow doesn’t have a potentially profitable YouTube channel that the NCAA will force to be shut down if someone wants to play college football, which has somehow happened twice in a span of a month.

“Going pro in something other than sports” is nominally the NCAA’s goal, except they don’t allow student-athletes to even get a chance at success because of hypocrisy that Joe Burrow has certainly noticed.

[Wall Street Journal/SI]

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