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Should college athletes be paid?

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  • 1. NCAA Athletes
  • 2. By: Nick Herroon, Dylan Yancey, Michael Bishop, Kevin Noble
  • 3.  Paterno, J. (2011, June 2). Pay Student-Athletes? They’re Already Getting a Great Deal. National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved March 13, 2012, from http://www.ncaa.org/wps/wcm/connect/public/NCAA/Resourc es/Latest+News/2011/June /Jay+Paterno+Pay+Student- Athletes+Theyre+Already+Getting+a+Great+Deal  Davis, S. (2011, September 21). Should college athletes be paid? Why, they already are. Sports Illustrated. Retrieved from http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/seth_davis/09/ 21/Branch.rebuttal/1.html  U.S. News Staff. (2010, August 24). A comparative look at the average annual cost of higher education. In The Average Cost of a U.S. College Education. Retrieved March 12, 2012, from http://www.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2010/08/24/the- average-cost-of-a- us-college-education
  • 4.  For Being Paid  They work hard.  Bring the school millions of dollars in revenue.  A lot of time invested.  No extra money comes from scholarships.  They deserve it.  Against Being Paid  They are not professionals.  If they were getting paid they would not focus on school.  They earn free tuition why do they need to be paid extra.
  • 5.  The costs of college tuitions are only going up and they are projected to continue rising in the coming years.  With costs going up it is going to be tougher and tougher for colleges to find money to give scholarships out.  Many would think why those athletes need to be paid when they are already getting free college? When you think about it, a college education is an invaluable thing, it can change the rest of your life.
  • 6.  Jay Paterno is son of long time college football coach Joe Paterno. He broke down the hours that a college athlete will put into their sport in their 4 year degree.  He then took the amount of dollars that the student athlete will receive through tuition costs, books, housing ect.  This is what he found.
  • 7.  For 21 weeks out of the year you will “work” no more than 20 hours per week with one mandatory day off.  For another 23 weeks you will work no more than 8 hours per week.  Then you will get 8 weeks off.  These are all mandatory times set by the NCAA.
  • 8.  You tuition is paid for, for your spring, winter, and summer classes.  Your room and board is paid for.  Your books and supplies needed for class are also paid for.  All of that put together a student athlete will ultimately “earn” $33,976 for in-state and $50,286 for out of state.
  • 9.  For the 604 hours that you will invest in your sport over 4 years.  In-state athletes will earn $56.25 per hour  Out of state athletes will earn $82.25 per hour.  As a bonus however, athletes will earn tutors, computer labs, and player lounges all free.  Also any medical costs incurred after your health insurance are covered.  As well as the ability to be flown home for family emergencies.  And if you win a bowl game you get hundreds of dollars
  • 10. Root Problem?
  • 11.  If college athletes start getting paid a number of problems may occur.  Would they still be considered amateur athletes?  How much does every player get paid, as well as how do you evaluate how much each person gets.  Also you have to wonder how much do players want? They claim that they do not have enough money to have the full college experience? So what is enough money.  Also do they then need to sign contracts?
  • 12.  There are no real solutions to this problem. No matter what decision is made one side is going to be unhappy.  One solution may be giving them an allowance so they can go out but not a paycheck.  Give them an on campus sports related job in the off season.  Another possible solution may be using the schools sponsorships to give them gear/apparel instead of money.  The schools could open a bank account for them and at the beginning of the year put a certain amount of money in their account to spend.
  • 13.  Giving players an allowance.  Many people would argue that once you give them a paycheck its wrong.  If you give players an allowance that they could spend a certain amount of money each week and food or movies.  The problem is that money has to come from somewhere and where does it come from?
  • 14.  If you give them an on campus job in the off season working football games or different sporting events and pay them for that to spend on whatever they want they then might be happy.  A problem with that may be, they may not be satisfied with their job, or they are mad they have to work.
  • 15.  With giving players gear/apparel from their sponsors then it would keep them happy as they are constantly getting new things.  The problem with that is they are still not getting money which is what they wanted in the first place.
  • 16.  Giving them a bank account with a certain amount of money that they could spend on different things such as the movies, going out to dinner.  The problem with that is they are college kids they may spend it on things that could get them into trouble, such as alcohol and drugs.
  • 17.  The best solution may actually be combining two solutions.  If you give them an on campus job as well as giving them gear/ apparel they may be happy with that.  The school will also not lose a great deal of money over it.
  • 18.  To make this happen the school would simply have to find enough jobs for each of the athletes and talk to the sponsors about giving them gear to give to the athletes.  Also they could talk to the businesses around the campus about giving them jobs which may make it easier for the colleges money.
  • 19.  There is nothing that needs to be monitored really except that all the athletes are doing their job correctly and not slacking off.  However if they were they would realize that their source of money would be gone and they would be stuck without a job while everyone would be out working.