With talk rising of college athletes unionizing and seeking pay for their services, the Washington Post reports on a Drexel University study on what college athletes are actually worth:
A study by Drexel University and the National College Players Association calculated the fair market value of a player between the years 2011 through 2015 and came up with a figure of $178,000 for football players. The biggest stars, like Johnny Manziel, might be worth as much as $547,000 (from 2011-12). The biggest money, though, is in college basketball, where the fair-market value for a player over the same time frame is $375,000. The players expected to be taken early in the NBA draft, like Andrew Wiggins of Kansas, might be worth upwards of $1.6 million.
The good news for the Sixers? That’s still not as much as Wiggins will make by declaring for the draft and leaving school early. The pros still pay more. For now, at least.