Paying the Players: College Athletics

analytical Essay
1946 words
1946 words

Pay the Players

College athletics are a source of entertainment for sports fans all over America, especially during football and basketball season. Watching college football on Saturdays during football season is an every weekend tradition in many households throughout the United States. Every February college basketball fans fill out their March Madness brackets and try to pick the winner of every game in the sixty-eight team tournament. College sports have not always been as polarizing as they are today though. When collegiate sports first started students were the coaches and managers of teams. As sporting events started making more money, teams started feeling more pressure to win, and with this came the need for a more experienced individual to coach and manage teams. This eventually evolved into colleges hiring coaches as school employees to train and coach the schools team. As college sports started making more money and becoming more popular the National College Athletic Association, NCAA, was formed to make rules and regulate college sporting events. Schools also started offering athletes athletic scholarships, players would come play a sport for a college, and in return their college would be payed for. It is not that simple anymore though. The NCAA and colleges benefit greatly from the sporting events student-athletes participate in today. Many people don’t think that college athletes should be compensated because their college is paid for; however, colleges exploit athletes for their talents and use them to make millions for the school and everyone involved in the athletics program while the athletes are struggling to get by because they can’t work, they can’t receive help, and they have to try to keep ...

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In this essay, the author

  • Explains that college athletics are a source of entertainment for sports fans all over america, especially during football and basketball season.
  • Explains that college sports bring in big bucks to the ncaa, colleges, and coaches, while players receive none of it. the revenue some schools make off of their football program alone is ridiculous.
  • Explains that college head coaches make a lot of money and receive many benefits, especially when their team is doing well. while coaches are important, they are not the ones that play in the games.
  • Explains that the sec, a premier conference in college athletics, is taking full advantage of fans wanting to watch their favorite teams and teams play the most competitive and entertaining games.
  • Explains that being a college student-athlete is tough, but they also get put in many rough spots. athletes don't have time to work.
  • Explains that college athletes are supposed to be students first and athletes second, but this is not the case most of the time.
  • Explains that many people do not believe that college athletes should be paid. they argue that they get their college paid for, but many athletes don't graduate.
  • Explains that 85 percent of college athletes live below the poverty line, so how is it possible to say no to paying them when universities, the ncaa, and college coaches profit from college athletics.
  • Explains bender, david, and leone, bruno, sports in america opposing viewpoints, san diego, greenhaven press, 1994.
  • Analyzes berkowitz, steve, “contract perks big deal for some football coaches.” usa today.
  • Analyzes edelman, marc, and mitchell, horace, “ should college student-athletes be paid?” u.s. news digital weekly, 2013.
  • Opines that the sec network will launch in august 2014 bringing more money, exposure to league’s teams.
  • Opines that athletes should share in their school’s profits. kiplinger's personal finance 66.3: 11. mas ultra-school edition.
  • Analyzes rosenberg, michael, and middle search plus' "workers' comp." sports illustrated 120.14 (2014):64.

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