It’s still unclear if we will have a college football season this fall (it’s looking more like spring if anything), but one thing that is constant is the “should college players get paid” debate. Some coaches (who make millions every year) say it would not be feasible, because the schools (who make millions and millions every year from conference TV deals) do not have enough money.
Which, if you’re a mid-major, maybe it would be easier to believe. But for the elite programs, like Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas, Alabama, Georgia, etc., money is no roadblock. Just look at Alabama’s new locker room, which is INSANELY over-the-top, when it comes to a sports locker room.
— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) July 19, 2020
The team unveiled their new locker room with a video on social media earlier this week. Again, hard to emphasize how bonkers it is. Imagine being a high school football player going from an aged, bare high school locker room with 50 kids crammed into it, to the ultimate MTV Cribs locker room (that reference is probably too old for any of the current players to understand).
— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) July 20, 2020
No question few can compete with leather recliners and the intricate touches of Alabama’s $16 million facility renovation, so the rich get richer when it comes to college football recruiting.
The locker room upgrades also include a new sports science center, with spaces for cryotherapy, chiropractic, massage, relaxation, recovery, and mental health services.
We are proud of our new Sports Science Center & the positive impact it will make on all of our student-athletes regarding mental-health, physical recovery, evaluation & development.
— Greg Byrne (@Greg_Byrne) July 21, 2020
This locker room looks better than most pro locker rooms honestly. If your program makes millions, it’s nice to see them invest at least a bit of it back into the players who make them rich.