Professional athletes are just that, they are professionals. They do not "hide" behind the student label
Give me a break. They are playing sports and bringing in massive revenue for their masters in either case. Student athletes aren't "hiding" behind anything, they are trying to take their game to the next level. The minute the NCAA started selling TV contracts, media rights, branding and raking in cash off student athletes who don't get paid, they opened the door to this. Personally I'm shocked it didn't happen sooner.
The fact is, most Football/Mens BB player would NEVER get entrance to the university they attend without a sports scholarship.
The fact is also that schools and the NCAA wouldn't have big money athletic programs without athletes. Stop pretending schools are being charitable by paying some kid's $30k/year tuition, when their athletic departments are awash in 1000x that (literally) in cash.
You know, I agree that college athletes should get more from the universities.
these entitlement kids want their cake & to eat it too.
LOL. Do you even know what you're arguing anymore?