In recent years the debate about paying NCAA athletes has heated up to the point where analysts and columnists believe it is going to happen. I would not be so sure of that. After doing some research on the topic, I discovered like what most would assume is University Athletic programs are making a killing of college athletes. Texas A & M makes roughly $44 million yearly from their football program since Johnny Manziel arrived on campus. Manziel and his college teammates see a tiny fraction of that money in terms of scholarships and grants the cover their schooling needs. But what about other needs? Meals, clothes, entertainment??
NCAA athletes who are on scholarships are not allowed to obtain employment. Most would not have the free time to anyway with school, practice, games and other commitments. However, not allowing them to earn a few dollars a week to allow them to enjoy their time away from the field or classroom is a bit absurd. I understand for security and integrity issues players can get mixed up with the wrong people, but how is supplying or offering on-campus jobs going to hurt?
NCAA Officials, Coaches and Athletic Directors are so worried about players taking outside money and benefits that could cost the program bowl games, money and scholarships why not give them a part time job. $140,000 in tuition is a great price to pay when considering how much money the universities make off sports.
Alabama / Ole Miss NCAA Football Game – Parking Low- 90 High -750
Oklahoma Sooners NCAA Football Facility – 10,000 sq foot practice facility, 6,500 equipment facility, go through 1,400 pairs of cleats per season.
How does a University have an equipment room 3 times the size of an upper class house!?
That being said, paying athletes would be a very hard thing to do. How would you determine the value each player get? Is there a difference between sports? Between D1 and D3 ? All of this would be way to complex and would be very hard to create 100% equity for all athletes. A more balanced system, that allows athletes to prosper and live healthy and educated lives while playing sports is what should be the goal, not bank rolling the most cash possible.