Should Student Athletes Be Paid?

opinion Essay
1717 words
1717 words

Every year, it seems that we're hearing more and more about NCAA athletes being punished for intentionally making a profit from their athletic careers. The NCAA and colleges are doing their best to stand by the principles on which the NCAA was founded. Since the National Collegiate Athletic Association, more commonly known as the NCAA, was founded as a non-profit organization in 1906(....), much has changed, but one thing that has not changed is the Association's goal, that goal being to protect players from being exploited and ensure their right to fair treatment.(....) In order for the NCAA to uphold their guidelines, universities cannot not pay their athletes. The NCAA and college athletic programs already provide the necessities for their athletes, so, paying athletes would also be financially impossible for all colleges. Athletes, coaches, fans, and members of the NCAA have suggested different methods of compensation for athletes, but all have been too flawed to implement. To make it possible for the NCAA to pay athletes, the Association would have to undergo some very drastic changes, changes that would restructure the entire organization into something unlike what it is today. Stories about athletes who have scholarships but can't afford things like a winter-coat or a plane-ride home have been spread by media and have misled the public into thinking that, even with a scholarship, athletes are not completely, fairly and properly compensated. Being a college athlete in any division or sport takes dedication and hard work, but, lately, it seems that many athletes are forgetting that college was designed to earn a degree. An athlete's scholarship is his or her compensation for contribution to a school's athletic program. For... ... middle of paper ... 2013. Web. 14 Nov. 2013 Source 5: “The $6 Billion Heist: Robbing College Athletes Under the Curse of Amateurism.” npcanow. National College Players Association. 20 Mar. 2013. Web. 14 Nov. 2013. A) So this was less of an article and more of a list of facts regarding college athletes benefiting from playing sports. B) At first I thought this source would be considered bias so I was unsure whether or not to use it, but after realizing that some of my other source used it as a work-cited I felt it was credible and can be really good source material Source 6: United States, Dept of Education,Office for Civil Rights “ Title IX: Education Amendments of 1972.”United States Department of Labor. Dept. of Education. 1972. Web. 21 Nov. 2013. A) This is the bill that explains why we cant pay athletes. B) Very helpful this will be one of my stronger examples.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that the national collegiate athletic association's goal is to protect players from being exploited and ensure their right to fair treatment.
  • Explains how the ncaa introduced the first version of the student assistance fund in 1999 as a way to benefit student athletes directly.
  • Opines that the ncaa cannot pay all athletes because they are only a small percentage of the more than 400,000 college-athletes in the country.
  • Opines that allowing the ncaa to become a commercial-free market would eliminate the controversy involving the rights of college-athletes to have unfettered access to the commercial free-market.
  • Explains that college-athletes have been secretly selling memorabilia and petitioning to receive cuts from their institutions' media-profits.
  • Opines that giving student athletes media rights is a violation of the concept of supply and demand.
  • Explains that the ncaa or professional sports organization would have to be run similar to the national basketball or football league. mark emmert has suggested implementing a two-track program.
  • Opines that college athletics and the sub-culture that has been created by loyal fans is truly an american tradition. the ncaa will continue to uphold their guidelines even if it does upset some athletes who disagree.
  • Explains hartnett, a former professional basket ball player, talks about how he learned to play basketball.
  • Explains how and why it is difficult for college athletes to have a job and maintain an income.
  • Describes the benefits of the article, stating that it's written problem-solving format and gave them ideas.
  • Explains hayes, chris, " fat profits at ncaa while athletes play for free."
  • Analyzes how hayes' article highlights how the ncaa got around paying.
  • Explains that this was less of an article and more of a list of facts regarding college athletes.
  • Cites the united states department of labor, office for civil rights, title ix: education amendments of 1972.
  • Analyzes how montopoli talks about how players have established free market values, but the ncaa still feels it not right to give players a salary.
  • Opines that this source was semi- useful a lot of the same information from their other sources, but they did like the fact they talk about people trying to change the current situation.
  • Narrates how they were unsure whether or not to use this source, but after realizing that some of their other sources used it as a work-cited, they felt confident.

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