Jim Harbaugh pushes for revenue sharing with student-athletes: 'The current status quo is unacceptable'
Jim Harbaugh delivered his Week 1 press conference Monday as Michigan prepares to open the 2023 college football season. While the Wolverines will face East Carolina on Saturday, Harbaugh will serve the first of his 3-game suspension to begin the season.
To kick off his press conference, Harbaugh delivered lengthy remarks on the state of college football and athletics as a whole. He continues to advocate and push for a revenue-sharing system with the student-athletes.
“The big one: The one first started mentioning back in 2020 and then again in 2022 at B1G Media Days. I continue to advocate for that today, a system of revenue sharing with the student-athletes,” said Harbaugh. “I’m aware and understand when someone speaks out in defense for those without a voice, attempts are made to diminish (an) individual’s character and credibility. As a former player and current coach mentoring many of these student-athletes, what I want to do is be a voice for the student-athletes. I want them to be treated with the dignity and respect that they deserve.”
Harbaugh went on to say the current status quo is not acceptable and is unlikely to survive without changes:
“What I don’t understand is how the NCAA, television networks, conferences, universities and coaches can continue to pull in millions and in some cases billions of dollars in revenue off the efforts of college student-athletes across the country without providing enough opportunity to share in the ever-increasing revenues,” Harbaugh claimed. “…We have to try to make it work, we have to try to make it better and right now. The current status quo is unacceptable and won’t survive.”
Harbaugh continues to advocate for revenue sharing, but it is unclear how many leaders in college athletics will share that vision at this point in time.