Husky quarterback Jake Locker makes the UW Athletic Department (and broadcasters and advertisers) a lot of money--or at least a lot of the little money the football program pulled in the last two woeful years. Now he'll finally make some money of his own.
It's not via the parasitic NCAA, of course, but rather Major League Baseball's Los Angeles Angels. Drafted in June, Locker finally signed a contract, wherein the Angels will get his rights for six years. Locker's not actually committing to play baseball, but he'll get a nice chunk of change all the same--reportedly somewhere between $150k to $300k. Of course, that means he'll be paying his own way in school now--he automatically loses his scholarship.
It's a funny world where you make one organization a ton of money and they give you next to nothing, and you do nothing for another one and they give you a ton of money (leading the first one to take away the next to nothing they gave you in the first place). Finally, by all accounts, Locker is squeeky clean, and he hardly seems like a flashy dude, but now he can roll in an Escalade (or whatever might appeal) without raising NCAA eyebrows--a thought that no doubt excites a booster or two.