The Need for Change: Is the N.C.C.A. Exploiting the Talents of Student Athletes?

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Since 1910, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has been the most dominant collegiate athletic organization in the United States. Originally created to solidify the rules for the various sports of the time, this nonprofit association has grown to a combination of 1,281 conferences, organizations, institutions, and individuals. Based on the NCCA’s Constitution, the primary purposes of the organization is to promote intercollegiate athletics in the United States, to "maintain intercollegiate athletics as an integral part of the educational program and the athlete as an integral part of the student body, [and to] retain a clear line of demarcation between intercollegiate athletics and professional sports."(Harvard Law Review) Currently the NCAA has $613 million dollars in assets, and over $830 million dollars in income (Brown). This is a direct result of the talented athletes whom participate in a variety of sports for the NCAA. This research will argue that the NCAA is exploiting the talents of these student athletes. By looking at revenue generated by student athletes, graduation rates, and overall quality of life of student’s athletes, this paper will seek to affirm this view. Although it can be easy overlook, there is a valid and reasonable claim that NCCA is exploiting the talents of student athletes. Exploitation, by definition, is the action or fact of treating someone unfairly in order to benefit from their work. Knowing this, “one could certainly argue that colleges and universities receive undeserved benefits from student athletes” (Van Rheenen). The NCAA current business model and practices has essentially formed a business with over 450,000(current number of NCCA student athletes) “unpaid” employees (Brow... ... middle of paper ... ...nd of the day, based on NCAA bylaw, college athletes are legally considered amateur athletes. However, clearly by the argument presented before, NCAA student athletes are victims of exploitation. “The current system, as overseen by the N.C.A.A, is an ethical mess, riddled with hypocrisy and under-the-table payments” (Kiplinger). Now, more than ever before, it is time to adjust, fix, and mend the broken system of NCAA and stop the exploitation of student athletes. As stated best by Jason Whitlock, “room, board, books and tuition are no longer remotely a fair exchange when coaches and administrators earn lifetime financial security every one to four years”.(Whitlock) Whether this means paying student athletes or other creative solution, the NCAA should strive to create a balance system which benefits both parties equally and stop the exploitation of student athletes.

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