Pay for Play?
Define Problem: Last year the NCCA signed a 14-year, $10.8 billion dollar contract with CBS and Turner Sports to allow them to broadcast the annual March Madness of college basketball on their channel. The Bowl Championship series of college football also signed a $125 million dollar deal with ESPN (Ford 1). Depending on how deep of a run you make in March Madness or a big win in a highly anticipated BCS bowl game, teams could potentially bring in millions of dollars to their university. But the men and women who are the ones on the field putting their body and wellbeing on the line are the same ones who see absolutely ...view middle of the document...
I had to pay the rent or buy some food…You’re not going to convince me that there is something wrong with it” (Rosenburg1). You can’t be angry at someone who took a little money when he needed it most.
To put it in a good perspective for you, if the NCAA were to charge only $10 per person per football game (which is way lower than the actual price) and on average 46,000 people attend each game, then you would already be making back the athletes scholarship with tons left over in ONE game. To say the NCAA is not one big money hungry scandal would be a lie. So much revenue comes in off these athletes and they don’t get to see one cent of it. Even trying to make their own profit, by selling their own jersey, with THEIR name on it causes uproar with the NCAA. Former University of Georgia wide receiver A.J. Greene was suspended for four games after he sold one of his game worn jerseys for $1,000. Soon after Greene was suspended, ironically the University of Nebraska auctioned off a game worn jersey by star QB Taylor Martinez for $1,000 (Ford 1). It’s idiotic and ridiculous that the NCAA can profit off of these players but the players cannot profit for themselves. Something needs to be done to stop the exploitation of these players.
Solution: The solution to the NCAA not paying student athletes might sound very irrational at first, but in the end makes perfect sense. If Division 1 programs continue to claim that they cannot pay college athletes, then they should stop giving out athletic scholarships. They always boast about how they make tons of money each year but then can’t pay the players at all. Picture it as a very expensive restaurant where only the owner makes the money and the cooks and waiters work for free. By taking away athletic scholarships, student athletes would now be employees to the school and by choice, students as well. They would have four years of athletic eligibility and whether or not they wanted to take classes to receive a degree would be there choice. In Frank Deford’s article on the situation, he thinks taking away athletic scholarships would “eliminate all the fraud attendant to “student” athletes getting into college and staying eligible” (Deford1). It would take all the stress of school work away and allow them to focus on furthering there career in sports.
Most athletes on a full ride know already if they could become a professional in their sport or not. Michigan State Law Professors Robert and Amy McCormick explain how many college athletes never receive a degree any way because they go professional before they have the chance to (Cooper 1). With this said, why shouldn’t we allow them to start their career as early as they can? By being an employee first it would allow the athletes to be paid and ultimately terminate any flaws people might think the NCAA being scandal. It sounds bizarre that someone would give up a fully paid scholarship to a great school, but in the end athletes like Johnny Manziel would be...