Pay-to-play NIL proposal is about 20% of SEC, Big Ten, Big 12, ACC athletic budgets

Capital One Orange Bowl - Texas A&M v North Carolina
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Yahoo Sports' Ross Dellenger reported on May 2 that the NCAA's pay-to-play NIL proposal would be about 20% of the SEC, Big Ten, Big 12, and ACC athletic budgets.

"The 10-year settlement agreement could cost each power school as much as $300 million over the decade, or $30 million a year," Dellenger wrote. "That figure assumes a school meets what is believed to be: (1) a $17-22 million revenue distribution cap for athletes; (2) at least $2 million in withheld NCAA distribution for back damages; and (3) as much as $10 million in additional scholarship costs related to an expansion of sport-specific roster sizes — a concept previously unpublicized.

"The $30 million price tag, a startling figure for an industry that has only provided athletes with mostly non-cash resources, is about 20% of the average athletic department budget of public schools in the ACC, Big Ten, SEC and Big 12."

The proposal could reportedly be good for every sport but football when it comes to a scholarship perspective, per Dellenger. Scholarships could be extended to all 32 members of a baseball team, but there won't be 120 scholarships for everyone who makes a fall camp roster. In fact, the proposal could lessen the number of overall scholarships as the top players start to make more money.

Analyst: College football super league looks more likely after NCAA's NIL proposal for SEC, Big Ten, Big 12, ACC

The proposed 80-team college football super league shared by The Athletic's Stewart Mandel via a group of school administrators in early April looks more possible to longtime radio host Greg Swaim, who broke Washington and Oregon to the Big Ten.

"After what's going on today, and what's leaking out, I'm more convinced than ever we'll have a Super League of 80 teams with revenue sharing," Swaim wrote. "We may not like it, but looks like that's where we're heading!"

It's hard not to think that the Power 4 may just take matters into their own hands if the NCAA isn't willing to facilitate the super league.