Apples and oranges. These athletes are not "starving artists." Their work is profitable to the NCAA. The profit just doesn't trickle down to them. Do you think a musician would be ok with a record label releasing their music, with no monetary compensation? Of course not. The starving artists are the ones who haven't found a market yet. NCAA athletes have a market for what they do, they just aren't allowed to profit from it.Ever hear of “starving” artists, writers, musicians, actors, etc.? It seems those who have a passion for what they do and may strive for some degree of fame fall into this same category.