...is their scholarship their pay? And if so, shouldn't they have to pay income taxes on those scholarships?
There's plenty of improvement that can be made in the way the NCAA does business, but introducing labor unions into college student athletics is definitely not the way to make such improvements. Talk about the cure being worse than the disease!
Honestly--and I'm serious about this--it's time to get rid of intercollegiate athletics. Let the NFL and the NBA create their own farm leagues. Students can participate in intramurals.
I do not see why someone should get a scholarship because they can run fast, swim fast, hit a ball with a stick, or come into contact with a ball with some part of their body. Outside of giving people something to watch on weekends (and some weekdays), how does athletics further the academic purpose of the school? If higher education is such a "public good" that I as a taxpayer have to subsidize it, then someone should explain to me how intercollegiate athletics is also such a public good.
Yes, I'm one of those crazies who thinks colleges and universities should be centers of learning.