After reading this chapter it became more evident than ever that the NCAA needs to start treating its athletes better. These young adults put their heart and soul into their respective sports and put their bodies on the line, while coaches and executives make well into seven figures a year. It can be argued that the athletes receive the opportunity to get an education and participate in their favourite sports at some of the best colleges in the country, but that is simply not enough. Their performances generate more than enough money for the schools that they should receive more compensation.
While student-athletes do gain fame and glory through the media, they are usually unable to financially support themselves sufficiently. With all of the practices, team meetings, and film sessions, in addition to attending class, they have limited time to engage in outside activities. It is not practical for these athletes to have a part-time job simply because they are just too busy. With that being said they are held to certain duties and are obligated to attend all team-related activities. With that being said it is ludicrous that scholarships can be revoked if a player is injured or if they don’t fit into the coaches system. If a player is going to commit to that school and put all of their time and effort into representing that school, they should at least be guaranteed the assurance that they will be able to receive a full education. For the amount of money that is made off of the merchandise, gate receipts, concessions, etc. the schools should be more than able to afford putting those athletes who are injured or cut from the team through school.
If the NCAA does not want to guarantee scholarships, then they should pay these athletes. As previously mentioned these athletes can not work jobs so they are tight for money. Unless the athletes family is well-off, there is a struggle for these athletes to financially support themselves. Many of these athletes come from low-income families and see the opportunity to attend college as a student-athlete as a way to become successful and live a promising life. A dream of going professional is also a dream of these athletes. If a player is injured or cut from a team, they will not have a means to obtain that desired education or make it to the big leagues. With that being said, receiving payments to play would help immensely. They don’t have to make millions, but as long as they are receiving some sort of financial compensation they will be in a better position.
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