Pay College Athletes

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College sports, specifically football and basketball, generate millions of dollars of revenue for the university and its corresponding city. This notion is backed up by a study conducted in 2012 by Oxford Economics, a global research firm. They found that a season's worth of Texas A&M home football games generate 86 millions dollars in business for Brazos County, where the university is located (Gregory). It is evident that college football generates a tremendous amount of revenue for the surrounding county. But, the disturbing fact is college athletes are unable to receive any portion of this revenue, it would be a violation of NCAA policy. If an establishment wants to share the rewards it heaped in from these college students playing a sport, then they should be able to. This theme is continued by another university in the same state, "The University of Texas, which leads the country in football revenue, brought in $103,813,684” (Jones). This revenue refers solely to the revenue generated by the university and excludes any sort of money made by the county in which The University of Texas in located. Of the 103,813,684 dollars, the athletes receive no such portion of the revenue. Sure some of the money is used to cover the cost of running the team by funding travel and the improvement of facilities. But when the revenue generated by that single sport is that large, the general consensus would be to give some to the athletes. Unfortunately for athletes, the NCAA does not agree with the general consensus. The NCAA is structured in such a way so that the athletes are unable to receive any sort of percentage of the revenue generated by the sport. The cases of universities, staff members, and NCAA officials receiving large portions of... ... middle of paper ... ...sports, the idea of amateurism is something that more and more people are not buying (Rosenberg). These observations do not coincide with the purest form of amateurism, let alone any form of amateurism. This is because people are becoming involved with college sports for the financial opportunities that present themselves. These financial opportunities are what coaches and universities are able to take advantage of because of the rules set in place by the NCAA. This is evidence that amateurism is no longer an overarching theme of college sports, thus becoming an expired ideal. The NCAA was built on this ideal and since it is slowly becoming a term that can no longer be applied to college sports, it needs to reevalute the current system in order to make sure that the athletes aren’t the only ones that are forced to abide by the so called amateurism in college sports.
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