In a ruling that has been a long time coming for anyone who has played sports at the collegiate level, some of the nation’s largest schools can now give their athletes stipends. While only between $2,500 and $5,000 per year, the stipends will go a long way to abolishing the stories we have heard before of star athletes not being able to eat due to legal repercussions, or getting in to trouble with friends when all they really wanted to do was attend a movie. While the money is not even a portion of a fraction of the money the schools themselves make off these athletes and their images, it is a step forward from a previous position of standing still. In the future we will surely see more comprehensive benefit plans for student athletes at all levels, and far into the future we may even see a revenue-sharing scheme for smaller universities to which a high-level recruit could make a huge difference.