Reilly questions the logic of the NCAA’s ruling that Manziel can keep the proceeds of a lawsuit, but cannot accept a bagel from a booster. (The so-called “Johnny Football loophole” would not allow for an orchestrated violation of a student-athlete’s intellectual property rights in an effort to funnel money to that student-athlete).
Reilly further opines that Manziel should have a right to profit from his likeness, but such profits should be held in trust until Manziel leaves school:
What would be wrong with Manziel getting a piece of the pie he baked himself? Let’s say he got a third of the profits of every product with his number on it — coffee mugs, hats, key chains, everything — with the money going into a trust account, to be given to him when he leaves school. And — get this, Aggie Fan — maybe he’d stay in school longer if he thinks that school isn’t ripping him off.
While the pay-for-play debate is extremely polarizing and legally complicated, easing up on the NCAA’s prohibitions on student-athletes marketing their likenesses is much more simple. Why not allow a student-athlete to take advantage of his or her likeness? It appears to be a fair compromise between the status quo and pay-for-play.
The bottom line is that Johnny Manziel should be able to get a piece of the Johnny Football pie without jeopardizing his eligibility.