Calipari Bonus Raises Player Compensation Question

by admin on April 5, 2011

University of Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari will be compensated far better than the two coaches who were in Monday night’s NCAA championship game.

According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, Calipari, who was hired in 2009, will receive $325,000 in bonuses for taking the Wildcats to the Final Four.

The newspaper reports that UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart will also receive a hefty bonus of $50,000 for the team’s post-season performance.

Those bonuses are generated by athletics revenues, but under the NCAA system it is against the rules to financially compensate the athletes because they are considered amateurs.

Compensation for players remains a polarizing topic, which was shown recently on HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel”. The show committed an entire program this past weekend on the rules and alleged corruption in college sports.

The main point that Gumbel’s panel debated is one that is raised fairly often. The NCAA is a billion-dollar business that pays coaches, administrators and broadcasters, but not the athletes who generate the revenue.

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Civil April 5, 2011 at 11:33 pm

Writers/bloggers have the wherewithal to insinuate at the drop of a hat and then request civility in return. It is not a crime, in most circles, to earn the highest pay in one’s occupation or profession. That is, of course, unless one is a bank CEO or a blogger.

John Mark Trent April 6, 2011 at 8:05 am

And?????? Where is the story here? I think if any one in their right mind would think that the Butler coach (or even the UConn coach) is as successful as UK is then they are el nutso!!! Geeeezeee….how much revenue does UK basketball produce? How much revenue does UNC basketball produce? Would this story been run had UNC been in the FINAL FOUR instead of Calapari and the CATS…makes one wonder….

Brent April 6, 2011 at 9:33 am

Everyone wants to talk about Coach Cals salary, but there is a coach about 60 miles away from Lexington making a lot more than Cal and his team didn’t make it to the sweet 16! Yeah I’m talking about Pitino, but no one ever seems to bring up how much he makes!

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