Business Insider’s Cork Gaines has utilized the NFL’s model for monetary disbursement to get a gauge on how much one college football player is worth – in dollars – to his respective school. He discovered that, of every school in the nation, Texas’ players are worth the most. The average Fair Market Value for a single Longhorns player is a whopping $578,000.
The NFL’s current collective bargaining agreement stipulated that 47-percent of all revenues earned go to the players. In the case of Gaines’ calcuations, he took the total amount of money football generates for a school, figured out what 47-percent of that figure would be and then divided it by 85. That number is the maximum amount of scholarships allowed under current NCAA rules.
There is no need to count walk-ons because the NCAA itself says that a free education is payment as the system is structured today.
Finally, Gaines points out that Texas spent $3.2 million on scholarships for football players in 2010-11. That number accounts for 3.2-percent of all the revenue the program generated – far below the 47-percent used by the NFL, for example. It works out to roughly $37,000 per student-athlete. While not a small amount by any means, it is far off the more than half-million estimation.
Without further ado, the top 25 teams by individual average players’ worth, according to Gaines.