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01/12/2016 10:28 am ET

Here Is How Many Alabama And Clemson Players Got Paid On Monday

Derrick Henry got paid so much less than the strength and conditioning coach.

Millions of people tuned in to watch Alabama and Clemson play an absolutely thrilling National Championship game on Monday night.

But even with all those people watching these young adults play their hearts out on the field, as well as the ads that rolled across their television screens, how many players got paid for their performance during the big game?

That's right. Zero. Cero. Null.

Not Alabama's running back and Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry, who rushed the ball a whopping 36 times for 158 yards and three touchdowns.

Not Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, who threw for 405 yards, rushed for 73 more yards and had four touchdowns.

And not Alabama defensive back Maurice Smith who took this crushing blow to the head.

But hey, pretty much everyone else associated with the game did.

ESPN, who agreed to pay $5.64 billion over 12 years to get the broadcasting rights for the College Football Playoff, used the opportunity to have wall-to-wall coverage of the game on a number of their channels and online platforms to get a return on that investment. If ESPN 8 "The Ocho" existed, they would undoubtedly have had some coverage there, too.

The network made sure to even get that nifty "pylon cam" sponsored.

And what about those coaching staffs on the winning team? Did they get paid? You bet your bottom dollar!

That's right! Alabama's STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACH got almost six figures in bonuses with the win.

How about we check in on the losing side?

Last, but certainly not least: The NCAA.

The organization earned over a $1 billion in revenue in 2014, and the number will probably increase as the years go by, so long as this system of unpaid labor continues to exist.

Just peachy.

 

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