The question whether college athletes should be paid or not is a very popular discussion currently in sports all over the globe. There are different views concerning this topic. Students are joining American colleges every year sign the “College-Athlete” form before studies their studies in the college. The form signed ignores their right to be paid for the use of their image and name in the college. This is unfair because the students will be required to work hard and use their time to balance between their class studies and athletics. The NCAA support that college athletes should not be given any payments or benefits from the college for their participation. In case the college athlete receives any benefits, the NCAA refers the athlete as no longer an amateur and cannot participate in any college level competition. This issue has been the main cause of athlete and college penalization by the NCAA. The problem could have been solved if the NCAA allowed college athletes to receive the benefits. This is unfair to the college athletes no to receive any benefits, yet they bring many advantages to the college and the nation. This way of thinking has prompt many people to try and bring change to the college athletic world. There are many reasons why the athletes should be paid, and they are discussed below.
The college athletic industry is currently one of the most lucrative industries in the world. The NCAA alone is a multi-billion dollar industry in the United States. Due to great performances by the athletes, NCAA g...
enerated over $845 billion the previous year (Wilbon). The college athletes were able to attract many viewers all over the globe generating a lot of money to the industry. The most common college games, for instance, the men’s basketball and football, made large amounts of money to the industry. Due to a large amount of money made by the college athletes, their coaches are well paid. For instance NCAA football coach, Saban Nick, made $7.3 million last year while Krzyzewski Mike, who is the basketball coach, made $9.6 million the same year. The NCAA and the coaches make a lot of money because of the college athletes. This is unfair not to pay the athletes for their performances. Hence, the college athletes should be well paid.
College athletes make money for their colleges in many ways apart from making money for the NCAA and their coaches. One of the ways is that it markets the college all over the globe. For example, the Butler University undergraduate applications increased by 43% after the University basketball team qualified for the finals for two consecutive years. Different Universities sell player jersey online making a lot of money (Coakley). For example, the fans can buy officially trademarked Florida Gators shirts with prices ranging from $35 and $350. The NCAA does not allow the use of amateur’s name to make money. To evade this, the parties involved in the production of the jerseys such as the Nike use the player’s team number instead. The jerseys are marketable, and they make a lot of money out of them.
This is not good for the college and other parties to make money out of the college athlete names, yet the athletes receive no benefits. They should be considered to be part of it and be well paid.
The TV stations in the United States pay a lot of money for them to broadcast any college games. The huge premiums enable the stations to air the athletes and even to use them for any advertisement. The spectators also have to buy expensive tickets for them to watch the games live. Michigan made close to $4 million last year from TV stations only (Stewart and Albanese ). Considering the total revenue made by the college athletes from basketball, football, and other NCAA games, it accounts to large sums of cash. Furthermore, the community benefits mostly from the college games. They make money from the many people coming to watch the college games in the town. Different kind of businesses such as the hotels, ticket brokers, and bars generate more incomes during the tournaments. Hence, the athletes play a great role in improving the economy of the country, and they should be appreciated for it. Paying the athletes will encourage them, and they will attract more spectator hence generating more income (Chen).
In the United States both colleges and universities term student-athletes as amateurs. According to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), an amateur is not allowed to participate in sports to generate income or to promise for pay. If you take any pay, you should never engage in college games but participate in professional games for that sport. The NCAA calls for the need of protecting college athletes from exploitation. The athletes should be protected from exploitation by commercial enterprises and professionals. But, considering this statement stated by the NCAA, universities and colleges are then exploiting student-athletes. The NCAA are part of this exploitations. The colleges and NCAA make a lot of money from the athletes hence ignoring the above statement. After exploiting them to generate income, they cannot even give them any benefits. This is illegal, and the college athletes should be well paid.
A survey done shows that many student-athletes in the United States take scholarships because they were unable to join college due to financial constraints (US News. ). A college athletic scholarship offers room, tuition, and books only. Due to their poor background, their families cannot provide any financial support to them. So for the athletes to survive in college, they have to create their own time to work. However, it is hard for the college athletes to balance the responsibilities they have. In a day, they have to play their sport, work a job and attend classes which are nearly impossible to achieve. According to Hartnett, the athletes have to attend classes up to 4 pm and then for practice (Hartnett). Hartnett interviewed his roommate Victor in college who had to work a job till late night so as to earn extra money to meet his daily needs (Victor). During tournaments, his roommate was unable to work because they could travel to different places. Hence, the college athletes cannot