College Athletes Should Be Paid

analytical Essay
1376 words
1376 words

College athletes generate millions of dollars for their schools each year, yet they are not allowed to be compensated beyond a scholarship due to being considered amateurs. College athletes are some of the hardest working people in the nation, having to focus on both school courses and sports. Because athletics take so much time, these student-athletes are always busy. College football and basketball are multi-billion dollar businesses. The NCAA does not want to pay the athletes beyond scholarships, and it would be tough to work a new compensation program into the NCAA and university budgets. College athletes should be compensated in some form because they put in so much time and effort, generating huge amounts of revenue. Playing a sport in college is equivalent to working a full-time job (Thomas). There are rules that allow major-college football coaches to only demand twenty hours of the players time each week (Wieberg). However, studies show that those athletes are doubling those hours per week during the season (Wieberg). Other sports are putting in the equivalent of a full time work week (Wieberg). Some NCAA officials are concerned with the amount of time spent stating that beyond forty hours is inhumane (Wieberg). Most of the athletes compete and do whatever it takes to succeed, so they enjoy spending countless hours on sports (Wieberg). Many athletes even have struggles in the classroom because they do not have enough time to study. Student-athletes at top Division I schools think of themselves as athletes more than students (Wieberg). Less than one percent of college athletes actually make it professionally (Wieberg). That means these kids should focus more on their education than on athletics. In reality, these official... ... middle of paper ... ...lion in Media Exposure for Texas A&M." TAMU Times. Texas A&M University, 18 Jan. 2013. Web. 2 Dec. 2013. Dorfman, Jeffrey. "Pay College Athletes? They're Already Paid Up To $125,000 Per Year." Forbes LLC, 29 Aug. 2013. Web. 16 Nov. 2013. "NCAA leaves jersey-selling business." Fox Sports. Microsoft, 9 Aug. 2013. Web. 15 Dec. 2013. Pennington, Bill. "Expectations Lose to Reality of Sports Scholarships." New York Times, 10 Mar. 2008. Web. 17 Dec. 2013. Staples, Andy. "Online jersey sales highlight NCAA's hypocrisy on amateurism." Sports Illustrated, 7 Aug. 2013. Web. 17 Dec. 2013. Thomas, Brennan. "Pay for Play: Should College Athletes Be Compensated?." Bleacher Report. TBS, 4 Apr. 2011. Web. 8 Dec. 2013. Wieberg, Steve. "Study: College athletes are full-time workers." USA TODAY. USA TODAY, 13 Jan. 2008. Web. 10 Dec. 2013.

In this essay, the author

  • Argues that college athletes should be compensated in some form because they generate huge amounts of revenue for their schools.
  • Explains that college sports are equivalent to working a full-time job, and that ncaa officials are concerned about the amount of time spent on sports.
  • Analyzes how the ncaa and universities benefit enormously from college sports. the ncaa is strict on making sure that athletes should be treated no different from any other student.
  • Explains that the ncaa and universities make money, but the college athlete is restricted to small amounts of scholarship money.
  • Argues that paying college athletes on top of scholarships is too complex and costly for the ncaa.
  • Opines that the athletes should be able to market themselves and receive benefits outside of the university because they generate so much money for schools.
  • Explains that bilas was taken to a page that contained links to buy texas a&m jerseys emblazoned with the no. 2. the ncaa doesn't profit off the names or likenesses of individual players.
  • Opines that letting athletes market themselves would not hurt the ncaa or universities financially, and would bring more attention to their athletics.
  • Opines that college athletes are exploited by universities and the ncaa to make money, therefore, they should not have restrictions to prevent them from making any money.
  • States bilas, jay, "players should be compensated." the new york times company, 14 mar 2012.
  • Opines that college finances 2012 is a report from usa today. gannett satellite information network, inc.
  • Analyzes how the end of the football season produced $37 million in media exposure for texas a&m.
  • States dorfman, jeffrey, "pay college athletes? they're already paid up to $125,000 per year." forbes.
  • Quotes pennington, bill. "expectations lose to reality of sports scholarships." new york times, 10 mar 2008.
  • Analyzes staples' article, "online jersey sales highlight ncaa's hypocrisy on amateurism." sports illustrated.
  • Analyzes thomas, brennan, "pay for play: should college athletes be compensated?" bleacher report.
  • States wieberg, steve, "study: college athletes are full-time workers." usa today, 13 jan. 2008.

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