Paying College Athletes Keivn Baldy English 102
The DebateThe debate of whether or not college athletes shouldget paid has really escalated in recent years. With themajor sports, football and mens basketball, bringingin the big bucks for universities, people have startedasking if the players should see some of that money.After all, they are the ones performing and putting onfor the fans to enjoy. They are bringing the fans to thegames and the fans are bringing the money to theprograms and universities.
The Debate Cont.Some think that paying them might keep the kids inschool all four years and earning a degree instead ofjust leaving after a year or two for professionalleagues. No one can say for sure if it’d work or not,but the kids should earn something for the work theyput in day in and day out.
The FactsCollege football and men’s basketball bring in about$6 Billion annually (more than the NBA)In 2011 the top 15 highest paid college footballcoaches earned $53.4 Million. The combines salary ofall Division one players was $0The NCAA’s annual revenue from the 3 week MarchMadness Basketball Tournament - $770 Million
Facts Cont.Football players spend an average of 43 hours a weekon football and 38 hours on academicsBasketball players spend an average of 39 hours aweek on basketball and 37+ on academicsThat’s like working a full time job and going to schoolfull time!
Why They Should Get PaidBring in millions of dollars to the school throughadvertisement and ticket salesInfluence others to come to the schoolCreate jobs for others (coaches, reporters, equipmentmanagers, etc.)Create an image for a schoolTheir jerseys are sold
Why They Should Get Paid Cont. Bring in money to the NCAA from television and marketing deals Work full time hours plus school Could possibly keep kids in school for all four years and earn a degree The athletes do all this plus do community work and sign autographs and such for fans and see no money out of it with the dream to hopefully get to the pros.
Why They Shouldn’t Get PaidThey would become employees of the schoolControversies of how much to pay each playerDo all players get paid or just ones onscholarship/starters?Who determines the salaries?They are amateur athletes working to go pro, just likeany other student working to go pro in their field(doctor, accountant, geologist, teacher, etc.)
Past ControversiesIn 2010 eight Ohio State football players received$14,00 worth of cash and tattoos in exchange forjerseys and other Ohio State merchandise. This led tothe suspension of the players and coach and the teamwas and still is banned from post season play. Thiswas against the rules because currently, collegeathletes cannot take any money or items fromanyone.
Past Controversies Cont.In 2005 standout running-back Reggie Bush From theUniversity of Southern California received hundredsof thousands of dollars in gifts from boosters andscouts from the NFL. He won the Heisman trophy thatyear, given to the best player in college football and itwas later taken from him due to breaking these rules.
ConclusionWith so many players coming and going through thecollege programs each year its hard to tell if payingthem would be a gain or a loss. I think that theydefinitely deserve to after all that they provide fortheir schools and all the hard work they put in eachday. The problem comes down to who gets paid andhow much they get paid. The NCAA now needs totake this into consideration and act upon it.