A few hours passed and it was approaching 12:00: game time. As I was getting my equipment on, all the possible things that could go wrong flashed threw my head. As I finish putting on my pads and other equipment, I heard a voice from behind me, "Just stay focused man, and play like you have been.” It was RJ, trying to help me focus and give me motivation. Walking into that dark tunnel with the light at the end is like an exhilarating wave of nerves and excitement. Approaching the end of the tunnel, all I could hear was the crowd screaming and yelling. From there on, as we ran onto the field, another person took over, and I didn't know the outcome of what was about to happen.
As I looked at the scoreboard all I was focusing on was the running clock…25...24...23...22... "One last play and this things over" I said to my teammates in the huddle. "The easiest play in all of football baby!" RJ exclaimed to me. 18…17…16...15 I ran up to the line, a sigh over relief came over me. I knew I did it again. "HIKE!" And all I had to do was take a knee. 12... 10.... 8... 6...4...2...1. Game over, 55-49. In my head all I could think about was the MVP of the game: ME.
Cocky and rude I tended to be after a game like that. I guess that got to me. Coming out of the locker room I was greeting by twice as many reporters and cameras as before. They were asking me questions about the game, the future of my life, and that word again, "Heisman". I answered all their questions in the most unhumble way possible. I thought I was the king at that point. Just as the last reporter and camera was out of my face a very sketchy and weird man came inching towards me. He approached me and whispered in my ear "You wanna make money fast and easy?" At first I was confus...
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...ucation. Isn’t that what a college is, an educational destination. While all these arguments create different views on the topic, they keep on repeating the same things over and over again.
College athletes work non stop to play professionally, when it reality most wont, but these college athletes should be compensated from the millions of dollars colleges make. It is understandable that they will receive payment when the go to the next level, but while they are in college they either need to set up a trust fund or receive direct payment from the big business that the NCAA is. They are commonly referred to as the “cartel.” (Louis Barbash). They receive this alias because they are in charge and have a lot in decisions colleges make. College athletes receive so much attention and bring so much to their schools that they should receive payment one way or another.
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Those who play popular and highly competitive college sports are treated unfairly. The colleges and universities with successful sports like football and basketball receive millions of dollars in television and ad space revenues, so do the National Collegiate Athletic Association, which is the governing body of big time college sports. Many coaches are also paid over $1 million per year. Meanwhile, the players that help the colleges receive these millions of dollars are forbidden to receive any gifts or money for their athletic achievements and performances. As a solution college athletes ...
They are amateur athletes and therefore should not be paid.” has been the main idea for those against paying athletes, however, other ideas have come about over the past couple of years. Those against the idea say that athletes playing for pay could affect how they perform in the class room or anywhere else at the school. They can begin to believe that they are above the rules. College Athletics is not meant to be something of proffesionalism. Athletes are told that the college experience is suppose to be about education and friendship. Athletics is an added bonus and luxury to those who partake in it. Athletes are told that in order to retain their amatuerism, they can’t accept any form of pay or compensation. Some believe athletics money should go directly to the academics for universities. “The money generated from college sports should be used to benefit the entire college, not just the individual.” (Jim Winn, para.6) Colleges’ are strict in enforcing this rule because of penalties which can affect any program from the
College sports have grown over the years, earning billions of revenue every year. However, what may seem surprising is that the athletes involved do not get a single penny earned from the revenue. These college sports require tremendous time and determination due to long hard practices along with rigorous course works. And due to the lack of time, athletes don’t often have the time for part time jobs that allow them to earn money to buy things they need or want for their personal life. Therefore, college athletes have every right to be paid for their hard work.
Last year the NCAA hauled in a gigantic $11 billion in annual revenue from college sports, more than the estimated total league revenues of both the NBA and the NHL. In the past few years many people have been asking whether or not these college athletes should be paid to play their sport in college. College should receive a share of the money because they can’t get a job, need money to provide for themselves, and need money to provide for themselves later after they are out of college.
I woke up and got dressed for the game, I put on my shorts, gathered all my equipment, and made a game plan for the big game. I thought to myself, “I need to play the best game of my life and never quit.” I went downstairs and heard a car honking outside. I went to the door, put on my cleats, and went outside. My friend George and I got out of the car and put on our equipment, and went to start practicing. I was the goalie so of course I have the biggest responsibility on the field. I knew I had to step up and make a lot of saves.
“Out of the 120 FBS (formerly named division 1) schools, only twelve broke even or make a profit last year” (Bakshan, 2011). Over the past years college athletics has gained vast popularity. The outcome of such popularity is increased revenue for the colleges and the NCAA. The increase in revenue has caused many disputes on whether or not college athletes should be compensated. So should the athletes receive compensation? The answer is no. College athletes should not be compensated because they receive enough through scholarships, education would be depleted, and money could not be dispersed evenly throughout sports teams and athletes.
College athletes should be paid because of how publicized their lives are. The reason college athletes should be paid is because colleges and the NCAA make billions of dollars annually off of their name name but none of the money goes back to the players who actually make the money. Eitzen, D. Stanley said in his article about college athletes being paid, “Obviously, big-time athletic programs are commercial enterprises. The irony is that, while sports events generate millions for each school, the workers are not paid” (Eitzen, D. Stanley). Pretty much any university or college makes millions and millions of dollars in revenue each year from their personal athletic programs. If colleges were like most business, the workers or this case the athletes, should get paid
Athletes play an active role in the promotion of activities like the NCAA organization but do not benefit from the profits that are generated. This can be viewed as exploitation and is therefore unethical. Student athletes should be compensated for their work, as they are the sole reason for the Athletic Program’s surplus in revenue.
There has been an extensive debate over the years about college athletes being paid and I honestly don’t see why there is a debate about it at all. The NCAA has strict rules about players receiving benefits from the school in forms of helping players and their families in the form of paychecks or even helping pay bills. College sports bring in an enormous amount of money for the schools every year and are expected to be given nothing in return. Sports do not only bring in money to schools but also more students and fans. The NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) have taken several players’ records and rewards from them for the simple fact of getting benefits from the school and that is just not acceptable (Allen 115). Athletes are just like every other student in the way of having to pay for housing, food, bills, and more. Having to balance school and sports gives athletes no time to have jobs which means they do not have a way to bring in money to pay for the essentials of going to
Should college athletes get paid while in school? The schools are allowing the athletes to enroll because of their athletic talent of playing football. They got his uniform and practice gear covered because of high academic achievements. Also, they are looked at by college scouts based on what they see on a football field. College football should be paid because of the time and energy they devote on and off of the football field, so they can play at the college/university he desires.
Should college athletes be paid? That’s the million dollar question. Throughout the past decade more and more people are complaining about college athletes not getting paid. This has become a major issue in the NCAA and around the country. Now, because of all the complaining, college athletes are close to getting paid. This has been debated and fought over through recent years. The NCAA president doesn’t like the idea of this either. Taking away athletes' amateur status would be the "end of college sports as we know it," says NCAA president Mark Emmert. College athletes should be grateful for the ability to play college sports, instead of worrying about money. Many people have different opinions about the issue and recently, it has been proposed
Before the start of the game I was told to guard their best receiver because nobody else could keep up with him. Even though i was fast, I was definitely not as fast as him. He was like lightning, speeding past me and making quick, subtle turns that were hard to predict. I was so tired from guarding him all game that by the end of the first half I felt like collapsing. When they hiked the ball, I made sure that I tried my best to stop him from getting the ball. Without failing to surprise me, he predicted my next move and feinted left and then turning right. I fell for the trick, and his quarterback threw the ball to him. He caught it and started running down the field. I sprinted after him. I put the rest of my energy into this run. As I got closer and closer to him, an idea formed in my head. When I got close enough I would dive for his flag, hoping to pull it before he reached the end zone. It was not a very intelligent idea, but it could’ve worked. When I was almost touching him, I dove. I missed the flag by millimeters. As I hit the ground I heard a loud ‘POP’ in my shoulder. Instantly I knew that I had broken a
When I first went to get my equipment I met my first coach. Coach Andy was a larger gentleman with a muscular frame. He had a bald head and slightly crooked teeth. He seemed very friendly when I met him and found out he had played football during his high school and college career. I also met the president of the pigskin league Mr. Kemp. He was fitting other players for their shoulder pads and helmets. While I was getting fitted he noted that I was a larger player and asked why I had not played high school football. I took the comment as a compliment and explained the story to him. I had also found out that my team would be the Cowboys. Through various conversations at the fitting, I found out that the Cowboys was the team in which late arrivals and new players were assigned. The Cowboys were considered the “misfit” team that had been thought of as the worst team in the league.
Riley, our starting quarterback, placed his hands on the helmet of the right tackle, as he did every play. He called the play looking straight into my eyes signaling the pass was coming to me. My entire body tingled with excitement as I ran to the left of the field. I could feel my cleats dig into the soft, freshly cut field as I took my stance. I looked up into the sky seeing only white lights which created the stage for the football field. As I brought my head down slowly to see the white eyes of the defender across from me, my heart beat slowed and I was still, in peace for the short moment. The quarterback hiked the ball and I began in pursuit; shifting, juking to get away from my defender. We were side-by-side running down the field as the ball was thrown into the air, coming strait to me. I jumped up and became airborne, snagging it from the lit up, night sky. Falling back with the ball secured into my arms, I felt my defenders full weight push into my left leg. A snap rang out as we hit the ground together and I looked down to see a large bump sticking straight left out of my
It was the day before I played my last football game for the school. Our team were going to play our rivals, a battle we had persistently prepared for since pre-season. The sun was smearing on the back of my neck, radiating the heat to make practice seem inferior. I was exhausted and looking forward to the end of my last sweat poring practice for the year. Our team was repetitively executing structural plays to make sure they were like second nature to us on Saturday. The confidence and trust that was shown in each teammates eye at the