To avoid the 'caste system,' Nick Saban proposes Alabama players to receive equal pay

To avoid the 'caste system,' Nick Saban proposes Alabama players to receive equal pay ...

Alabama coach Nick Saban proposes that his school pay a specific amount of NIL for every player on the football team, presenting his most recent thoughts on college football.

"We provide everyone with the same medical care, academic assistance, and food service," Saban said in an interview with the Associated Press on Wednesday. "So if we are going to do this, then everybody is going to benefit equally. I'm not going to create a caste system on our team."

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Since last July, college athletes have been able to profit from their names, images, and likenesses, according to the United States Supreme Court. a lower court's decision that the NCAA would not limit athletes' benefit without violating antitrust laws has been upheld.

In the months preceding, players have been able to reach agreements with companies and earn employment, with third-party "collectives" of boosters developing to facilitate talks for a particular school's players. A "High Tide Traditions" for Alabama players was conceived earlier this week.

In February, Saban explained how NIL collectives' rapidly expanding infrastructure has contributed to the recruiting of people, saying, "People are making arrangements with high school students to attend their school," and "That's not why we did this."

This week, Saban introduced similar remarks to the Associated Press.

I dont think what were doing right now is a sustainable model, he said, adding that schools can basically buy players in recruiting these days.

"I mean, if that's what we want college football to be, I don't know."

Last July, Saban claimed quarterback Bryce Young had earned about $1 million in NIL income before his first start for Alabama, and that Alabama players "probably made as much or more than anyone in the country" last season.

Even if Alabama's football program is able to benefit from the new world of college football, Saban believes that maintaining competitive equilibrium for the whole sport is at jeopardy. He continued to compare the current system to NFL free agency, but without the NFL's salary limit.

So there will be some changes implemented, and there is no chance to maintain a fair playing field, said the narrator. And whatever school decides to pay the most, they have the best chance to have the best team. Thats never been college football.

Saban warned last summer about the dangers NIL would present in locker rooms, while also comparing it to NFL systems where certain positions and players are paid higher salaries due to their performance and profiles.

"I hope it will not affect team chemistry across the board," said a lawyer last July.

In his published portion of his interview with the AP, Saban continued to oppose the notion of a "caste system" on his team, however, he did not elaborate on a plan to distribute NIL income evenly among players.

Equal pay to players might be used as a factor in recruiting, according to Saban.

"You're going to have kids who say, "Well, I can get a better deal going somewhere else," he said. "But you're also going to have people who see the light and say, "Yeah, they have a good understanding of developing people," says the director. "They have a good education, they have a great graduation rate, and that value is more important."

Dabo Swinney of Clemson said he is "all for" players being paid but believes there must be a commitment to the school as a result of the change last year.

So that you have an opportunity to develop people in a manner that will aid them in achieving success, says the AP. It's also critical that you have both sides involved in a contract.

Mike Rodak is an Alabama beat reporter for the Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter.

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