Should NCAA Athletes Be Paid?
The question “Should NCAA athletes be paid?” has been one of the most talked about topic in the collegiate world of sports for over the last 10 years. There are multiple different opinions on the debate between both sides. With it still being illegal to recieve any sort of money from college schools, other than scholarship money, there have been multiple different cases where outside parties try to bring the top recruits for sports like football, and basketball, by paying them money to go to their school.
The first factor that people should look into is, what is the NCAA? The National College Athletes Association, is an organization that promotes a wide range in college sports across the US. There are different divisions within the NCAA, such as D1, D2, and D3. These divisions range from colleges that have different amount of people in them. D1 are the big colleges that bring in the most revenue for college sports. Last year in 2016/2017, the NCAA brought in over 1.4 billion dollars in revenue across all sports. But the athlete that are bringing in the fans, getting watched to play the game on TV is getting none of that money.
There has been a recent FBI scandal within some division 1 basketball schools, including top programs such as: Duke, Kentucky, Louisville, North Carolina, ect. These schools have been caught with tampering with recruits, and giving them illegal benefits to try and pursue them to come and play basketball at their schools. You would think a few 100$ for a dinner would not affect anything when the NCAA is bringing in around 1.4 billion a year, but they certainly believe it does. Take an example of Miles Bridges, a star sophomore playing at the University of Michigan State. His name was brought into the recent FBI allegation saying that there was records of his mother receiving 400$ from the Michigan State Spartans, and with him being a top 10 draft prospect going into next year's NBA draft, he wisely solved the problem by donating 40$ to charity. I don’t know how that solved the issue but it did.
With so much money brought in by these collegiate athletes, you would think that they would be able to receive some sort of the revenue when people come to watch them play, or buy merchandise that represents them. There is even a problem with selling jerseys with the collegiate players names on the back of the jersey, just because of the fact that they cant recieve any of the profit.
There have been many outspoken athletes where they shared their opinion about whether or not NCAA athletes should be paid. One of those being an ex Wisconsin Badgers Basketball player Nigel Hayes, who is currently playing for the Toronto Raptors. Nigel had multiple different occasions where he expressed that the booming business known as the NCAA was keeping all the money for themselves, and not expressing any interest to help the broke collegiate athletes that were bringing in revenue for them. If you think about it, the NCAA basically gives athletes around $80,000 in a 4 year time period in scholarship money, which does not even bring in the factor of if the player goes pro or not. This $80,000 dollars in scholarship money only covers the academic part of the college, and does not bring in any food, or transportation outside of the athletic department. For a broke college athlete who came from a rough neighborhood with no job because they are doing athletics for the majority of the time, how does a $1,400,000,000 dollar industry each year not give the heart and sole of their business no money? That question may never be answered.
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