Money For College Athletes? Should Collegiate Athletes Be Paid?
Newspapers and magazines give the sports industry million dollars’ worth of publicity. In the United States there is a large market for custom souvenirs of athletes. Many athletes sign hundreds of autographs—not for hundreds of fanatics—for personal gains; the majority of the autographed merchandise is put on eBay to benefit the auctioneer’s (the athletes). What about college athletes? Should college athletes be paid?
Many people question all of the money spent on college athletics and how much is earned. Athletes have been on the cover of magazines, but not because of their indisputable merits as athletes. Many college athletes do not have jobs, money is scarce, and scarcity is precisely what leads to accepting money from agents and the like. But taking the money is against the NCAA rules. If a college athlete receives money, he or she is likely to be suspended from the team and risk losing the scholarship. Even if money is scarce for athletes, the NCAA has the right to forbid college athletes to accept money from agents for the following reasons:
Many organizations raise money for college athletes; these organizations pay for the athletes’ food, room and board, and classes. Athletes don’t really need the money if they are getting full-ride scholarships to their favorite college.
College athletes receive scholarships worth thousands of dollars. Some athletes can receive up to 38 thousand dollars; however, the money will be spent exclusively in the preparation for their chosen field (degree). The money comes at the right time for many athletes to prepare for college.
Reasons Why Should College Athletes Be Paid:
The NCAA doesn’t raise money for college athletes because the organization makes profits from the names of athletes, images, photographs, or athletic reputation. Thus, the NCAA should share their profits with the athletes.
Athletes have busy schedules. The athletes are required to take a minimum of credits to start the semester, are required to pass the courses with at least a B, and go to practice. But how are athletes going to get a job if they have only one, maybe two hours a day to relax? If athletes are not receiving any compensation for their efforts, some athletes will get depressed or start hanging with the wrong crowd. Athletes could apply for a job, but some things will prevent athletes from keeping the job: not being available during the weekend, which is impossible because it’s during the weekends when athletes have to travel with the team to play games in other cities. Even without these limitations, if an athlete were to get a full-time job, he or she would have to devote the time to the job, instead of studying.
Many people believe that the money spent on college athletics is money spent on the education of students. The NCAA doesn’t care if an athlete needs proper nutrition, vitamins, money for clothing—personal clothing items—or shoes. The NCAA cares only about making money and not whether the athletes are earning an income.
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