I'm certainly not the most knowledgeable on this, but it appears to me that the main difference is that the money is now out in the light.I saw a documentary on college football, about the bagmen or money guys who would drop bags of cash to gain new recruits, then keep dropping cash to keep them during the season, NCAA turns a blind eye to the big schools doing this but if some small podunk team starts winning too many recruits or games the NCAA knows they can find cash violations and do, example Jimmy Johnson at OSU most of his players had shiny new cars OSU busted but at the same time I bet he still didn't have the cash to compete with bigger schools that didn't get busted, guess the pay deal is all different now?
Seems like it would create some awkwardness in the locker room. Got the guys on the offensive line for example, that aren't household names. They aren't getting the cars that a Rattler is getting. So, they think to self, Rattler isn't a star without us, but we scrape by while he tweets pics of his new cars and trucks. Hmm.