The NCAA decision to allow colleges to pay their athletes for playing may have one excellent consequence. Until now an athlete who committed a felony or flunked all the easiest courses their college could offer were punished in one of two ways: suspension from the team or expulsion from the college. Either of these actions made teams less competitive and disappointed loyal fans. Now the NCAA pay-to-play initiative offers a third alternative. Cut the player's salary but leave the player on the team, subject to being called an "amateur athlete" - harsh punishment indeed. After all, cutting salaries is how private business reacts to people who perform poorly, except, of course, CEO's,Executives, Directors, Managers, Chairmen, Bank Presidents, and their immediate relations. Perhaps, like their counterparts in private business, top level athletes could receive bonuses for bad decisions and destructive actions.