17 January 2018
Should College Athletes Be Paid?
Many people will tell you that the opportunity to go to college is enough for student-athletes, but it is time to start offering more than that and paying the athletes that take their talents to the collegiate level. These athletes bring in large amounts of money for their school and the NCAA and are not being fairly compensated for it. There are many different commodities and experiences that are given up to pursue college sports and the people that choose to do so should at least see some of the benefits of making that choice. The time has come for the traditional rules of amateur athletes not being paid to play to change. There are many good ideas that are going around about how to pay the athletes and they include using a free market technique or paying based on production. Some people believe that college athletes receive many luxuries, examples of the luxuries these athletes are known to have include full ride scholarships and a shot at the pros. The same people that argue these points will say that paying colleges athletes would be unfair to smaller schools, but if the rule change is approached correctly, it would allow for a fair and equal opportunity for all players and schools.
College athletes are defined by the NCAA as amateurs and their bylaws state "A student who engages in athletic contests for educational purposes, personal pleasure, satisfaction, and for the love of the sport, not for monetary or material gain" (NCAA). This means that while an athlete is participating in college level sports they can receive no payment, whether it’s in the form of cash or other goods. There have been instances in the past where athletes have received benefits for playing and the NCAA is anything but lenient with their punishments. The NCAA will strip the athlete of his/her eligibility and amateur status so they can no longer participate in intercollegiate activities in a particular sport. The rule has been speculated on by sportscasters and news people, but the NCAA has stated that this rule will not change. "College football and basketball are multi-billion-dollar businesses. Some schools have billion-dollar TV deals and team sponsors. The coaches for these teams make millions. Some schools have money for fancy training facilities, charter jets to away games, and state-of-the-art arenas. Yet, the labor force-the players- receive nothing. Name another industry where the labor force receives nothing. You can't" (Nocera). The University of Alabama spent $36,918,963 and received $81,993,762 from football alone! That’s not including any other revenue all of the other sports are bringing in. The average salary of a D1 has gone up over 70% form 2006-2012, the average salary of a D1 coach was $1.64 million! With the theory of linear progression that salary would now be over 140% from 2006, which is $2.13 million/year. In 2016 alone Nick Saben, The University of...