It’s Time to Pay College Athletes Essay
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College athletes should be paid because of the huge amount of money being made off of the use of their athletic ability. The college basketball and football games that everyone watches on TV is no longer just a game, it is a business. The colleges and arenas hosting such events are not doing it solely for the love of sport, they are doing it for the money that will flow generously into their banking accounts. The coaches also, they are not volunteers, they are not there just for their love of the game, coaching is their job. The athletic directors, coaching staff, and event staff are all doing their job to put food on the table. The fans are watching the game, the players, the ones who are making huge sacrifices to be on the court. The…show more content…
Basically, Savage was saying that the colleges had already stopped worrying about education and had turned into a business worried about money. The two of them also shared that “In 1948, the NCAA adopted a,”Sanity Code” this code put restrictions on the colleges in hope to have better control of the recruitment process(par. 5). They continued to inform us that in the fifties with some schools threatening to leave the NCAA the Sanity Code was adjusted to allow athletic scholarships to cover tuition, fees, and a living stipend(par. 5). The NCAA did not just appear and have all the rules and regulation it has today, there have been many rules added and adjusted over the years. The possibilities are high that there is going to be another adjustment made in relation to paying players in the near future. There are those who are against paying college athletes, they believe that the full scholarship the student-athletes are receiving is all that is needed. The athletes are at school for an education not for sports. According to Johnson and Acquaviva a full scholarship for all four years costs between $30,000 and $200,000 depending on the school(par. 12). Zach Dirlum simplifies it by saying graduating from college with a degree guarantees the athlete making more money out of school(par. 11).As Kerry Brown says in “10 Benefits of Being a Collegiate Student Athlete” a 2013 study by The College Board shows that if the student athletes graduate from college they have a 65% higher
When the collegiate sports season kicks off again this week millions of Americans will be tuning in to watch football and basketball games - but most will be blind to the off-screen struggles faced by players. While television companies and colleges rake in billions of dollars in revenue from their labor, very little of that revenue filters down to college athletes.
A recent study by the National College Players Association revealed typical college players must pay more than $3,000 a year out of pocket for daily expenses – while the market value of collegiate basketball and football athletes is more than $6bn.
Instead of getting a genuine “free academic ride” via scholarships, many, like me, who do graduate as part of the work/study program – and too many don’t graduate – emerge with a mountain of debt from having to cover living costs. Academic scholarships can be revoked for minor infractions or even sports-related injuries.
Universities make tons of money off athletes, many of whom only have long-term physical disabilities from crippling injuries sustained while playing to show for their college sports experiences. I still endure daily pain from injuries sustained 40-plus years ago on the football field at Cal Lutheran.
What happens when college athletes get injured for life? People incorrectly assume they are fully covered by health insurance. But neither the NCAA nor the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (governing small athletics programs like Cal Lutheran) requires schools to provide full and adequate health coverage. Many former athletes like me are stuck with burdensome medical bills for long-term sports-related injuries. The NCAA recently argued it is not legally responsible to protect college athletes from injury – a duty the NFL has accepted, albeit reluctantly. Since they are classified as student athletes instead of employees, the NCAA also denies them workers’ compensation.
Unfortunately, these labor issues are unlikely to be addressed anytime soon. In a unanimous decision on August 17, the National Labor Relations Board dealt a setback to efforts by Northwestern University football players seeking to be recognized as employees so they could be eligible to unionize. The NLRB effectively “punted” the issue by declining to exercise jurisdiction, thereby negating an earlier decision by the NLRB regional director in Chicago favoring the players. The labor board rationalized that acting differently “would not promote stability in labor relations” and would create a patchwork of different rules. Players at private universities like Northwestern could organize and improve conditions, they point out, but not players at public campuses who are denied such rights because their colleges are not covered by national labor laws.
The NLRB’s pretext for denying private college athletes the right to a union – instability of labor relations between private and public campuses – is bogus. The NLRB has frequently allowed graduate and teaching assistants to organize at private institutions without worrying about the danger of instability from competing public schools. Why should it be different with college athletes?
Other fears are equally spurious, such as professionalism of college athletics ruining the competitive nature of collegiate sports by offering unfair advantages to big revenue generating schools. Large universities such as Ohio State and University of Southern California already enjoy these advantages. Campuses also won’t cut non-revenue sports such as gymnastics and wrestling to cover increased costs from organized football and basketball athletes, as some have claimed. Many universities that don’t have revenue-generating sports continue fielding these other collegiate teams.
All of these young men and women student athletes – or workers – continue to be exploited as a result of this obstructionism. Instead of ducking its responsibility, the NLRB should rule on whether or not these players are employees entitled to collectively organize. These athletes have the right to improve their working conditions and have a voice over decisions that profoundly affect their playing and the rest of their lives. We owe it to them.