After researching this topic, my opinion is that college athletes should be paid. The NCAA makes millions of dollars every year, while some athletes can’t put food on the table. Athletes need to be paid for their services like they are working a job, and should be paid by the hour. If the NCAA paid every one of its athletes 200 dollars a week, it would still be a fraction of its revenue. A union must be formed by the athletes for equal pay across the sports, and unfair restrictions set upon athletes and not other students should be
So, if the kid keeps playing the sport every year until college, that can end up being a lot more money than just for them playing it once. Furthermore, they could be spending even more if they get hurt, or if they play more than one sport. They could be spending the money on more important things than just sports. Last, it also says in the article written by Jane E. Brody, “2-5 out of 1000 high school athletes ever achieve professional status” (Brody 3). In other words, they are saying that parents are spending a lot of money for their kids to play competitive sports when they only have a small chance of playing it at a professional level.
College sports collect millions of dollars each year:Approximately around 40 million dollars a year, states and universities make. You would think that the amount of money that is made would get split between the franchises ,students and schools but unfortunately the students that play receive none of it.Theres many discussions on if college athletes should or should not get paid and because they already receive scholarships then they shouldn 't get paid. Scholarships in itself is “around 25,000-30,000 per year for example a student who 's division 1 thats over 100,000 for 4 years of college(Hartnett 1)”.So if college athletes would start getting paid then they shouldn 't get any scholarships and they would just have to pay for it with the money they are receiving. College Athletes contribute about “43 hours a week to the sport with practices and games, that doesn’t include the school work they have to do(Edleman 1)”. There has been many debates about it and fights to get this to happen from
College sports are called amateurs, but the schools and the NCAA make millions of dollars a year off the performance of its players. Athletic coaches are allowed to make millions of dollars off the success of their programs. Some coaches make more money than their state representatives all the will their players are only guaranteed a scholarship they can revoked at any time for a various of reason’s. Business across the nation would like to be doing what the NCAA and universities are doing with their student athletes. Nowhere else in America are you going to find that a multi-million-dollar business that gets revenue off its employees that have signed contracts but not pay them.
In the same article Brian Frederick said “ Fans must understand that college sports is a big business”, and this is very true, but the reason it is such a big business is because of the athletes. If you take away the athletes from college sports you take away college sports and a multitude of money. “Players at top-tier schools such as Duke are worth up to $1 million each.” With a staggering number such as a worth of one million dollars each it is truly mind boggling that athletes do not get any type of
What do people go to games for, the actual players or the coaches? In hopes that the answer is the players, the question that arises is why do the coaches get paid so much while the players get paid, nothing: “At the University of Alabama, the head football coach, Nick Saban, recently signed a contract paying him $7 million per year - more than 160 tunes the average wage of a Tuscaloosa public school teacher” (Edelman). The simple fact that coaches get paid that much per year is outrageous because they’re not the ones who are out on the court or the field making those plays that make it possible for them to get paid. No, the player’s should not get paid a significant difference compared to the coaches but they should indeed get paid considering they are the ones making all the plays afterall.
But how much do the top NCAA executives make? The top NCAA executives make about $1 million per year. Who else makes money off these near professional level athletes? First, many coaches earn at least $100,000 per year to coach one of the major sports like baseball, basketball, or football at a school. These coaches will receive bonuses for getting to the playoffs, winning championships, or breaking school records, but what do the athletes receive as a bonus?
Yes they are given scholarships, yes they are given an opportunity to change their situation and their future. But, if put the numbers into perspective you see that they are only getting a fraction of what they deserve. They are grossly under compensated in comparison to the billions the NCAA brings in using their likeness every year. The athletes need to be paid for playing for universities. After all it is their choice to go there.
The National Football League has been around since the year 1920, growing from “14 member teams in 1920 to the current 32 teams today.” Depending on the contract with their current NFL team, the total contract of a player worth can be a huge some of money; we are talking tens of millions of dollars. Some would say these players deserve these seven or eight figure contracts, as they entertain millions around the world, and are part of the big business we call the NFL. Others would argue that they are paid too much money to do a sport that some High School students have to pay to play. An example of this would be Aaron Rodgers, who resigned with the Green Bay Packers in 2013: “Aaron Rodgers signed a 5 year, $110,000,000 contract with the Green Bay Packers, including a $33,250,000 signing bonus, $54,000,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $22,000,000. In 2016, Rodgers will earn a base salary of $11,500,000, a roster bonus of $600,000 and a workout bonus of $500,000.” Rodgers earned $33,250,000, just from signing the contract, hasn’t even stepped on the field yet, and $54,000,000 is guaranteed to be payed to him.
In conclusion, college athletes should be paid because they bring in a ton of revenue for their schools while risking injury and yet are unable to afford the cost of living. The time that is put into the sport is the equivalent, if not more, than the time that is put into a full time job. Only thirty-three percent of students receive scholarships, most of them partial. Also, only one percent of all college athletes will play professional sports after their college tenure is served. The NCAA and Division One Colleges generate profits that do not trickle down to the athletes.
The Grand Debate The grand debate of whether to pay college athletes continues today. Yet, today there are so many other amenities provided to the athletes that they are practically paid through those. College coaches receive sky high salaries, the booster clubs donate millions of dollars to the university 's athletic program but those who are actually performing and competing do not get paid. As a former athlete, I do not think college athletes should be paid. Most already have paid tuition and amenities.
I strongly believe NCAA athletes should be paid for their contribution to the NCAA. These athletes are directly responsible for the generation of revenue for the NCAA and the Universities. Head coaches garner up to seven million dollars a year and the top-tier athletes currently receive $5,000. There 's no arguing that the players contribute more to a team than the head coach. If athletes were paid more, the likelihood that more athletes would achieve their four years of eligibility with the NCAA would be higher.