Compensation for College Athletes
Athletes have to be dedicated to the game they play. Dedication means something different to each person; it is how the person responds to adversity that makes all the difference for when they play again. When student athletes have to practice they must be committed to their sport. This means student athletes must make their sport their second full time job, their first full time job is their schooling. Division 1 football players spend 43.3 hours a week practicing, and basketball players spend 39 hours a week practicing. All of the dedication goes unnoticed, however all of the university employees and school programs make money off of the student athletes hard work and dedication. All college athletes should be paid a portion of all revenues, which can accumulate over a billion dollars that are either donated by boosters, merchandise sold, ticket sales, and TV franchising.
The common argument to college athletes being paid is that they are “Student Athletes.” Taylor Branch the writer of The Shame Of College Sports agrees that the NCAA makes “Student Athletes” sign a Student Athlete Statement. “The Student Athlete Statement that NCAA rules requires be collected yearly from every college athlete, in signing the statement, the athletes attest that they have amateur status, that their stated SAT scores are valid, that they are willing to disclose any educational documents requested and so forth. NCAA says that the athletes do not have any propriety rights (Branch 14). It is ludicrous to think that the students are amateurs; all college athletes have been playing their sport for at least 14 years plus years. This does not qualify them to be an amateur they should be considered semi-professional athletes. Some people believe student athletes are already paid, because they are receiving free education and free clothing (17). Schools do not always provide free tuition and room and board to all student athletes. However,...
Cited: Branch, Taylor. “The Shame of College Sports.” Atlantic Monthly, Vol 308 Issue 3
(October 2011): p80-110
Dohrmann, George. “Pay For Play.” SIVault. Sports Illustrated, 7 Nov. 2011. 12 March
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