In a survey of 3,000 U.S. college football fans, sports betting affiliate Covers posed the question of whether or not college football players should be paid a cash prize for winning bowl games, in light of the recent shifts with regard to transfer eligibility and name, image and likeness (NIL) deals.
The respondents were divided into two main categories of fandom, casual and diehard, and the classes were determined by the number of bowl games the respondent planned to watch over the course of the college bowl season—casuals planned to watch two or fewer, while diehards planned to watch three or more.
Overall, 56.5 percent of respondents indicated that players should be paid for bowl wins, with 43.5 percent voting against. Notably, diehard fans were more in favor of payment (57.4 percent) than their casual counterparts (51.7 percent).
Also included in the survey was the question of whether there should be more or fewer bowl games altogether—15.8 percent of diehards voted for more, compared to just 3.9 percent of casuals.