From the start of their high school careers, the players minds are geared towards signing to the Division I level. Many believe that if professionalism and contracts are brought into college sports then it would corrupt the amateur competition (Furth). However, the Division I level is not an amateur league. In a civil suit to have athletes paid, the 9th Circuit Court ruled that student athletes at Northwestern University would be paid $5,000 per year exceeding the cost of tuition within their athletic scholarships. This ruling stood for only a few months.
If the NCAA can earn millions of dollars from student athletes, shouldn’t athletes retain their fair share? NCAA Student Athletes deserve to be paid because their hard work and time is the driving force behind the profit and popularity of the NCAA. All of the ticket and merchandise sales, television revenue, promotions, and other sources of income go to the NCAA, the schools, the coaches, the event staff, and others involved – except for the athletes creating the value of the NCAA. The NCAA finished the 2014 campaign with just under $1 Billion in revenue, which is more than the NHL and NBA.
However, some people think college athletes should not be paid for many reasons such as, college athletes already receive numerous benefits. Many get scholarships, which help pay for their tuition, books ,dorms, and sporting equipment. According to the NCAA, college athletes often receive grants worth up to 100,000 dollars. They are the first choice for professional leagues, which draft college athletes at a higher rate than overseas or minor leagues. Also they might argue, college athletes should be considered students first, because by receiving direct payment, they would basically be employees or professionals rather than students.
They play their hearts out every single night, and will do whatever it takes to get the win. If someone sacrifices his body for the better good of a team, then they should be treated like professionals would if they had done the same thing. Which is paying them some portion of the money that they just made for you. In his article "Should college athletes be paid to play?", Marc Edelman states, "Fifty colleges report annual revenues that exceed $50 million. These revenues come from numerous sources, including ticket sales, sponsorship, and the sale of broadcast rights.
Some feel this way because according to Text 2, Lines 10-15, “It’s Time to Pay College Athletes” “college athletes are mass-audience performers and need to be rewarded as such.” Student athletes spend almost 40 hours per week on their sport and the sport they play is almost like a full-time job while going to school so they should be paid for it. However, even though some people would argue this statement, college athletes should not be paid. As referred to in Text 1, college athletes accept their scholarship with no questions asked and have the choice to leave anytime they want. Once students go to college they make decisions for themselves and they know what their responsibilities are when being a college
One student Logan Klaproth believes, “They[student athletes] should be paid because they advertise the sports teams and merchandise for the school yet the athletes are not getting paid a single cent. Furthermore, since they are paying for college at the same time being paid for playing sports would help them pay student loans and their college
College athletes can put as many as 60 hours a week at games and practices (Majerol 15). This causes the athletes to put less of a focus on their school work to focus on their athletics. Many of the top athletes never even finish their degree after playing for four years (Cooper 12-13). College athletes are encouraged to sign up for easier classes. They attend “independent study courses” that involve very little work to pass the class (Neuhauser 11).
NCAA athletes took the NCAA to court. Ed O’Bannon, a former NCAA athlete, led the charge for the student athletes. O’Bannon argued that the athletes are being taken advantage of because the schools make millions off of the players’ likeness, meaning the schools make money on selling a jersey, or bobble head of the players and the players deserve some of that money and it should be put into a trust fund for the player. Judge Claudia Wilkin decided the O’Bannon case and gave the athletes everything they wanted in 2014, but in a court of repeals the ruling was reversed and the college just had to pay for the full cost of attendance at the university and did not have to pay for the trust of each athlete (Nocera). This was a small step for college
The Injustice of the NCAA The NCAA is making an extremely large profit on the amateur athletic performance of student athletes, without them seeing a penny. The NCAA earns around 1.5-2.0 billion dollars on average every year (compared to the NFL at 1.0-2.0 billion dollars as well). They are additionally qualifying themselves as a non-profit organization, therefore not having to pay taxes on any of the money they receive. College athletes should be able to receive an allowance, besides the scholarships they receive, because many students struggle to get through the week, paying for food, clothing, and other essential items. Student athletes, as stated in bylaw 15.01.2 of the NCAA handbook, are not allowed to take any handout or financial help
Alyssa Gonzalez #10 Ms. Graham Writing 25 February 2016 Should College Athletes be Paid? Do people ever wonder why college athletes do not get paid? Everyone needs to know why college athletes should not be paid. Many reasons include, often college athletes are already given scholarships, college students can sometimes be financially irresponsible, it may be difficult to distribute the money equally to each player, and it may be difficult to figure out which athletes get paid and how much?
College athletes deserve to be paid because they are the only ones not being paid in the college sports industry. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) generates eleven billion dollars annually, some of which could, and should go to college athletes. “USA Today reported last year just how much money the top 10 coaches in college football made. Nick Saban from Alabama topped the list earning roughly $5.5 million in 2013 alone” (Seibold). The coaches are making millions of dollars and the players aren’t.
The third and final big argument the affirmative side might argue is that it will stop the corruption in College Sports. We all know that there are things that go on within universities that not everyone knows about. Whether its recruiting violations, paying players under the table, etc. Paying players will not stop corruption in college sports. If you give big time athletes money he or she is going to want more eventually.
The academic and athletic departments have not seen eye to eye for quite some time. Some colleges around the USA actually put their athletics before academics. There was about a $131,182. 00 difference between a regular student and an athletic student at Southeastern FBS Conference in 2008. This difference was in the favor of the athletic student.
My first view point I want to illustrate is paying college athletes can affect their overall performance. I mean think about it what is any college athletes dream? Their dream is to make it to the big leagues and get paid therefore they put their best into every game they paly hoping to get noticed by some big time scouter. If you start paying them there is no point to try to make it to the big leagues, because you are already getting paid. Also payment can take away their motivation to put 110% into every game that they play which means they will not be as big of factor on the team.