C.J. Stroud believes that players should receive revenue share from the $1.2 billion annual media rights contract that the Big Ten announced on Thursday.
The Big Ten and several broadcast partners have signed an unprecedented seven-year contract that will last through the 2029 football season and is thought to be the biggest in college athletics history. Each Big Ten college will receive $75 million under the agreement from only the television rights.
“I definitely think it should be shared,” Stroud said. “But if not, at the end of the day, we have the NIL space. We can do it that way. The new college world is turning around and I’m here for it.”
The Ohio State quarterback then spoke on all the sacrifices he and other players make only not to get paid what they’re worth.
“This game is amazing, especially the college atmosphere because it does have amateurism to it,” “That’s definitely a plus. But at the same time, I’m not 100% sure what our tuition is, but I’m sure it’s not the worth of what we’re actually worth. My mom has always told me to know my worth.”
“We put in so much work,” he said. “All the time that goes into it, it’s definitely tough. Then you take time away from your family. I’m 2,000 miles away from home. I don’t want anybody to feel bad for me, but at the same time, it does take a lot of courage, it does take a lot of heart, to be here day in and day out.”