Is it time to pay NCAA athletes?

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.

Figures:

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.

http://www.cbssports.com/general/writer/gregg-doyel/23838595/its-time-pay-college-football-players—-changing-times-money-say-so

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jake-fischer/paying-ncaa-athletes-stop_b_3904318.html

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3 Responses to Is it time to pay NCAA athletes?

  1. pa10dd says:

    I have to agree that while morally it makes complete sense to pay collegiate athletes, it’s difficult to determine individual value and would no longer represent amateur sport. My argument whenever people say professional athletes are paid too much is this: The money is undoubtedly going to come to the teams and the league, there are really own 2 options for who receives the most of that money: players and owners/executives. In my opinion I’d always rather see players get the vast majority of profits because they are the true producers of the entertainment.

    With College Sports, the profits produced are theoretically re-injected into all of athletics and the rest of the University, funding sports and clubs and services that are otherwise too expensive. Universities should be accountable for where the profit goes, show us that the university, community, and student body will benefit from the profits. Not to paying coaches and high ranking officials 7 figure salaries, and then I am ok with NCAA Athletes not being compensated beyond scholarships.

  2. wilsonjulia says:

    I completely agree with your arguments for both sides for why colleges athletes should and maybe should not get paid. The idea that it would be hard to have equality for all athletes if they were being paid is an excellent point because it could cause a number of political problems if say women’s teams were not being paid as well as the men’s. Therefore, I can see why college athletes being paid for playing sports could be problematic. However, at the same point I do not think the executives and coaches should be paid so much money off the backs of the athletes. Therefore, I think that college athletes should be given an allowance or an allotment of money (bursary) that could at least cover other costs such as food, clothing, and rent in order to meet their needs. Not all athletes have family support to pay for the extra costs of living, and with college athletes banned from getting part time jobs, it is only fair the the colleges pay an allowance to each athlete considering how much money the athletes bring to each college.

  3. mb11oo says:

    I agree that paying colligate athletes will happen soon. College athletics has become a multi-billion industry using the talents and the images of student athletes. However, not even a penny of those revenues is ever seen by student-athletes. Individual programs raise hundreds of millions of dollars but never allow any of its athletes to participate in the profits (even after they graduate).

    Even after athletes graduate, the NCAA continues to use their image and game footage to further enrich themselves on these athletes. This is just plain exploitation. The NCAA has been consistently against sharing profits with its athletes and has resisted even a $300 per game stipend proposed by one of its own coaches. The time has come for the NCAA and schools to abandon running sports programs under the “amateur” facade while collecting billions in revenues like a pro league; and allow athletes to collect even a small share of the profits.

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