College Athlete A college athlete is defined as an amateur level athlete that is not paid in salary but provided for by scholarships.
Scholarships Average around $200,000 per year Pays for: Food Housing Tutors/ Extra help Travel Tuition Books
The Question What would happen if the NCAA allowed college’s to pay students?
NCAA Rule on PayingAthletes2. Amateurism – All Sports. a. You are not eligible for participation in a sport if you have ever: (1) Taken pay, or the promise of pay, for competing in that sport. [Bylaw 12.1.2]
Athlete Problems Athletes complain that their scholarships are not enough to cover the cost of attendance. Athletes think that there are not compensated enough for what they do for the colleges.
Scholarship-Not Enough Most athletes get close to $200,000 a year from their scholarships. It doesn’t cover all the necessities because most money goes towards tuition. Athletes end up going to coaches for food or money.
Marketing Compensation Athletes want to be paid for people wearing their jerseys. The athlete brings value to the product, therefore the athlete needs to be compensated.
Time Athletes cant get a job because football is their job. Athletes spend about 44hours a week on football and 40 hours on in school or studies.
Scholarship Is Enough A scholarship is covers everything an athlete needs to survive. Athletes use extra money for useless things.
Its In the Contract In a athlete’s contract, it states that the school owns their image and may market it in anyway they want.
Stop Whining Athletes are there to play football and go to school. They agreed to the terms and shouldn’t complain.
Chaos If colleges could pay athletes, it would not only be with the athletes that attend there now, but also for the athletes in high school There would be a giant race, with unfairness to schools with less money, in basically hiring high school athletes.
Possible Solutions Pay athletes for the cost of attendance with there scholarship to help living conditions Compensate athletes for their image. No one owns someone else anymore. Athletes wont need time to earn more money if you pay the cost of attendance. Keep the NCAA rule about not paying or promising pay for students.
Final Thoughts Athletes have the right to be compensated for their own image, it would basically count as a side job. Strict limits on how much athletes get need to be placed so athletes can spend money wiser. Athletes shouldn’t get paid money to play, they should get paid in education so that the make a living some day.