The perfect model business (“Why College”). The question should college athletes be paid has been in the sport scene for several years, people have different points of view, solutions, and arguments about this topic. Analyzing the evident economic growth of college sports the last several years, and the revenue that athletes generate for their school without getting pay, the answer to the question of payment for college athletes is yes. Beside the scholarships, college athletes definitely should be paid because they have the same risk that professional athletes have to get injury, the scholarship money is not enough to live the college life... ... middle of paper ... ...ay, they are a just a normal broke college student that put extra work to represent their university jersey with pride and dignity. Work Cited 2012 NCAA Television Revenue By Conference | CollegeSportsInfo.com.
The bidding on March Madness made more money than bids that were placed on the Super Bowl this past year. People love to watch young stars develop into the greater athletes that they are capable of being. The amateurism of college sports is why so many people are drawn to it. If the athletes were to be paid, it would forever change the organization and how it’s run. College athletes are amateurs, not professionals; therefore they should not be paid.
The student-athletes who participate in these programs are part of the reason why these schools stand to make such handsome profits: through ticket sales, endorsement deals, broadcasting deals, and jersey sales (although player names cannot be represented on jerseys), among other things. Mark Murphy, Director of Athletics at Northwestern University, who participated in an ESPN debate on the topic of paying student-athletes, argues that these athletes currently receive scholarships, whose value, in some instances, totals close to $200,000 over four years. He stated that all student-athletes have made similar commitments to the schools, and that football and basketball players should not be treated any different than other athletes, who participate in sports that are not as popular and lucrative. Paying athletes anything beyond a scholarship, argues Murphy, would cause problems, particularly from a gender equity standpoint. What Murphy seems to referring to when he says "gender equity" is Title IX federal regulations, which cut off federal funding of colleges if those colleges discriminate on the basis of sex.
College sports are big money makers now a days. For most universities, the athletic department serves as one of the main sources of cash flow. Athletes are used to create millions of dollars for the NCAA and the schools that they participate in, and never receive a penny. If we are talking about profit, if all bonds with the university were removed, an athletic department representing itself could compete with some of the most successful companies. So, why does the most important parts of the machine, the players, do not receive any money for their training and participation?
College Athletes deserve profit because they bring in large revenue into their program, the NCAA, and they invest tons of time into their sport. The athletes at these institutions bring in tons of money into their school every year and deserve compensation. These Universities are exploiting these athletes by not giving them back what they make for their school. The numbers say it all when it comes to the scamming of the athletes by their own schools. In 2004, over 40 schools brought in more than $10 million, with 10 of them bringing in over $30 million.
College Athletes Deserve To Be Paid College athletics are some of the biggest and most popular events in the country today. There are many people that make significant amounts of money from college athletics. However, the athletes themselves do not make any money from playing. If college athletes were paid it would solve a lot of the problems that the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) faces every year as well as improve play and make college athletics stronger. Throughout the past few years, the NCAA, which was previously viewed as the top basketball organization other than the NBA, has taken a backseat to the professional leagues of Europe.
Colleges make a ton of money every year in brand new revenue, statistics show that they receive over $1 billion dollars every year from their sports teams. Many people would believe that all this money would go towards the student’s education but it all goes towards mega-stadiums and salary increases for coaches and administrators. Another point is that fans appose to college athletes to receive pay because they receive a scholarship which refers to a “free education”. They are forgetting that if an athlete gets injured his whole “free education” scholarship is ruined and is no longer and they are left with nothing. So, if an athlete is injured they are going to get many health care and doctor bills waiting for them.
College sports long have included an underground economy because the talented athletes have always been worth way more than a scholarship. These athletes are putting themselves at the same risk physically as a professional athlete. Student athletes have to live up to a very high standard. If the athletes can’t receive any type of benefits then they should be allowed to work and make their own compensation like any other American. What makes this argument even more interesting is the amount of revenue these players bring into the schools, The NCAA annual revenue is around $11 billion from college sports , more than the estimated revenue of both NHL and NBA combined.
Athletes receive a full scholarship for their participation in a college sport. In his article about the pros and cons of paying college athletes, Dennis Johnson, a writer for The Sport Journal, explains that full scholarships can be expensive since most of them range between $30,000 and $200,000. Dennis Johnson mentions, "Student-athletes do cost the university a substantial amount of money each year"(Johnson and Acquaviva np). Some athletes do not appreciate the gift of a scholarship given to them and wish for a salary instead. William Casement of Naples, a former philosophy professor, states, "Athletes are fortunate that they received their degrees or made substantial process toward it while competing athletically"(Casement and Haug np).
College athletics is a billion dollar industry and has been for a long time. Due to the increasing ratings of college athletics, this figure will continue to rise. It’s simple: bigger, faster, stronger athletes will generate more money. College Universities generate so much revenue during the year that it is only fair to the players that they get a cut. College athletes should get paid based on the university’s revenue, apparel sales, and lack of spending money.