It is not inherently different. College sports and pro sports are both based on making money for the teams and their governing bodies. To paraphrase Justice Kavanaugh in his NCAA vs Alston, college sports are the only ones where the people who do the work and that provide the entertainment value who are denied to be fairly compensated for their work.No, you put words in my mouth. I think professional sports like the NFL definitely are jobs. Because pro players would not go to work if the front office stopped paying them. It's a job. They work in exchange for compensation, to use the NLRB's phrase.
College players would play without any material gain. They do it all the time, at universities all around the world, including in the money sports of football and basketball.
Inherently a different animal than the pros. I hope you can see that.
Also Justice Kavanaugh "The NCAA is not above the law".
Also Justice Kavanaugh "The NCAA's entire sports model is illegal".