College athletes put in a lot of time, effort, and work into the sport they’ve played since they were young, but they aren’t getting paid for it. These student athletes deserve to be paid because they put in countless hours of hard work and balance sports with school work. The first reason athletes in college do deserve to be compensated is because they don 't have time to fit in work with a school and athletic schedule.
Have you ever wondered if a college athlete should or shouldn’t get paid? Well the truth is that, the athletes don’t see their fair share even if they’re one of the best players on the team. Many believe that scholarships cover the fact that college athletes don’t get paid.
Unpaid Labor: Paying College Athletes College athletics is profitable. millions of dollars of revenue are generated by the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association), a non-profit organization that control’s college athletics. Where does this money go? Certainly not the workers. “The irony is that, while sports events generate millions for each school, the workers are not paid” (Eitzen).
Imagine doing hard labor every day without getting paid. Imagine not being able to recover fully from a traumatic injury and being overcome with medical bills. This happened to many athletes, but one that stands out is Inky Johnson. Inky Johnson was a star football player for Tennessee. He was guaranteed to be in the top thirty of the NFL draft pick in 2006. He only had ten football games left, until his dreams came true. But, Inky’s whole life changed in a different way when playing against the Air Force. Inky tackled a player and tore all the nerves in his brachial plexus, causing surgeries and his right arm to be paralyzed. He could never play football again and instead had to live a more challenging life. This is just one example of how players put their lives at risk for the games they love so much. College athletes deserve to be paid for their dedication to sports. There has been huge controversy over this and it is considered to be one of the most debatable topics in sports. Inequality in sports has been shown in many ways. This includes women inequity, racial inequality, and coaches being paid more depending on what sport they coach. College athletes should be compensated for their work and be given rights.
Between Tv deals, ticket sales, and jersey sales there is plenty of money to go around in college athletics, and it is time that the NCAA steps up and compensates athletes. College athletes are stuck in a brief conflict where they think they deserve to be paid just like the pros do. They consider their sport as a job and think they deserve to be paid just like the coaches do.
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
When student-athletes received full scholarships, they should be privileged and thankful since the cost of higher education is very expensive. Student-athletes need to understand the circumstances and take of advantage of getting their degree from a well renowned university since the percentages are very slim to none on having a professional career in sports. The purpose of a student-athlete is to be a student first and then an athlete second. The main focus should be on earning a degree, and not worrying about when is the next game on the schedule. Many people are stating that college athletes should get paid, but how about the general student body that has little to nothing and working a job earning minimal pay.
Are they students or employees? They spend more time with the sport than in school. Student athletes should be acknowledged for their performances. College athletes should be paid to play because they bring money into the school, advertisement, and they perform the same tasks of pros.
Colleges generate billions off of players, therefore it should not hurt to compensate student athletes, furthermore, these players are risking their health and well-being without receiving a penny in return, and lastly, getting paid to play can teach these young student athletes financial responsibility. To begin with, colleges generate billions off of players, therefore, it should not hurt to indemnify their student athletes. Paying each athlete even at minimum wage is better than nothing, in addition, it would not even make a dent in the billions the colleges produce because of the players. All jersey sales, ticket sales, television revenue, and basically all outlets of income get dispersed to the coaches, the staff, the schools, the NCAA and any and everyone involved
College athletes like most employees work countless hours a week, miss many school days, and put themselves at risk for injury on a daily basis, but unlike regular employees they do not receive paychecks. NCAA players are compensated for their contribution to their universities through scholarships. It is true that most scholarships cover tuition, and room and board but many fail to realize the many other expenses a college athlete may face. These players are working for a multi billion dollar industry which is exploiting them for their talents and they should be paid fairly for their contribution.
There could be controversy over the athlete's contract with the amount they are getting paid. Also, the kids that do not play sports might feel they are being treated unfairly because they do not get paid. College athletes get offered a full ride to a big ten college for free: “other kids have to get loans worth tons of money that they will have to pay back for the rest of their lives” (Bagaria and Birkenes). Paying these athletes would cause too many problems that the university doesn’t have time to deal with. College is a place that people decide to go to because they enjoy everything the campus has to offer and to get a degree.
Also from the article Should College Athletes Be Paid, it shows In comparison, student athletes already have it easier, financially, than most of the other kids at school.” Many athletes already receive benefits from scholarships which save them plenty of
Have you ever thought why college athletes should get paid? Paying them in college might help them later in life. Paying them will help them save up their money on stuff they need later in life. Paying the athletes will help benefit them and the college and organization. I think college athletes should get paid cause because the college makes money off of them. And most of them work hard in practice and play great in the game. Colleges should help their athletes by paying them.
Division I Athletes Should Be Paid In college there can be a wide of activities to enjoy. Social and academic clubs, fraternities and sororities however, there is one activity very popular in universities that not only gives students a sense of unity and pride as they cheer for their home team but generates millions of dollars in revenue for the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association): college sport teams. With the popularity of college sports and the vast amount of revenue colleges are generating from these sports an argument about whether these college athletes should be given a salary has begun to surface. Tracey M DiLascio, a graduate of Boston University school of Law and a former judicial clerk in the New Jersey Superior Court, states “The NCAA estimated revenue in 2014 was nearly $1 billion, 80 to 90 percent which came from the Men’s division 1 basketball tournament” (3).
Many college athletes go uncompensated for the fame and profits brought to the college because of their victories, and half of the well known colleges wouldn’t be as well known as they are without their sports teams, yet they still aren’t paid for their efforts. College athletes deserve a pay because not all of them paid for their tuition, many of they got into the college that they are in now because of a scholarship. Some teams are treated like employees in a large company. “Because they are already essentially paid to play, they deserve the same rights and benefits as other employees, including medical benefits, workers' compensation when injured, and the right to use their God-given talents to build some financial security for their families while still in college.”