• Student Athlete Compensation helps

    Students risk their health on the field. There were over 41,000 injuries from 04-09 in football alone. Shabazz Napier says he didn't have money to eat at night and slept hungry. Nick Chubb was brutally injured on the field and didn't return for a season. These kids need this money to survive.

  • Student Athlete Compensation helps

    Students risk their health on the field. There were over 41,000 injuries from 04-09 in football alone. Shabazz Napier says he didn't have money to eat at night and slept hungry. Nick Chubb was brutally injured on the field and didn't return for a season. These kids need this money to survive.

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  • Players should be allowed compensation, but it should not come from the universities or the NCAA.

    The solution is allowing third parties to compensate these athletes. These athletes also deserve more power within the NCAA.
    Third party pay would be crucial in allowing college athletes to live comfortably while they are at school. This could be in exchange for event appearances, endorsements, or advertisements. This concept, similar to that of the Olympics, would allow athletes to profit without the added financial strain on the universities. These universities, unlike common belief, cannot afford to pay student athletes. Only 23 division-one athletic departments made a profit in 2012 according to ESPN and almost all were on some form of subsidy. This resolution would not introduce these athletic departments to further financial strain. This would also protect these institutions from having to decide on who gets paid, whether it is the moneymaking sport participants or all athletes at the school. This change would be an important step forward for the NCAA in regards to taking care of its players. I played a year of college soccer at a school in Virginia. Between spending 80 hours per week on the field and countless hours in the library, I had no other way to make money. Even in the off-season, I did not have time to even work a part time job. These division one football and basketball players have even less of an opportunity. Scholarships do not cover everything. According to Zach Gorwitz of the Duke Political Review, “the average annual scholarship shortfall (out of pocket expenses) for each Football Bowl Series (FBS) “full scholarship” athlete was $3,285.” That is not even including basic necessities such as toothpaste. Shabazz Napier, prominent basketball player for the University of Connecticut, recently exposed the struggles of an NCAA athlete to the world. He, and many like him, struggles to make ends meet. These athletes devote every minute of their lives to their sport and deserve the right to live without a financial struggle. This would allow them to make money while improving their public image without any negative consequences on the NCAA or its member institutions.
    These players should also be allowed to hold more power within the NCAA. It is not just a financial issue; these athletes are not on track to be successful after they graduate. They are being directed towards easy and worthless majors so that the school is assured their athletes will remain academically eligible. Kain Colter, former quarterback for Northwestern University, aspired to be a doctor after he graduated. Through is career, however, he was directed towards easier classes and this prevented him from graduating with his intended major. This is no isolated incident. At the University of North Carolina, players were taking fake, no attendance classes where grades were given for little to no work. This may have seemed beneficial for the players at the time but it set them up for failure post-graduation.
    These athletes, through their time and dedication, have earned the right to a meaningful education and deserve the utmost concern regarding their academics.

  • NCAA Should Pay Student Athletes

    Yes, the NCAA should pay student athletes as student athletes provide a valuable attraction for colleges and the NCAA, and as such, they should be compensated for their exploitation. The NCAA is a multi-billion dollar industry and the schools involved in it receive tons of money, yet none of the student players are compensated financially for their exploitation.

  • Fairness, dedication, poverty, education, and commitment.

    Many impoverished persons go to college to help gain a degree that can later help their families out in life, but at the same time most go out and get a job to help pay for their families at the time. With the NCAA, this isn't possible, as the practices and games give little time for extra work. This is sad, because there is a high number of people in this situation in the NCAA. This means, because they are putting in extra sweat and work, they aren't allowed to live and help their families live well while others who do less for the general populace are allowed to.

    NCAA/schools profit massively from college athletes, but the real cause of these profits, the players, get nothing. This is unfair, because it is similar to indentured servitude to the NBA/NFL/whatever. It is similar to how it is unfair to have all of the profit for a fast food restaurant to go to the owner, and none to the worker. The workers require at least something, and that still goes for NCAA members.

    Another unfairness part of not paying the players is looking at how much NCAA coaches make. These coaches make millions, while the players make nothing. The basis on this decision for schools is that coaches bring in good teams and profit, but the real money-makers are the players and they don't get paid anything. It would cost little for a college to pay $20,000 a year to each player, and take that out of the total amount coaches are currently being made (or really anything else.) Coaches would still be making in the millions, but maybe a $100,000 less of that.

    Looking back at the first part, it becomes obvious that their is little reason for many to go to the NCAA. Many top prospects (such as Brandon Jennings decide instead of playing in the NCAA, where they can't help their family, they will play in Europe, where they get paid large sums of money. Most of the top draft prospects also go straight to NBA after 1 year, so they can quickly make money. Not only does this lose colleges more money than they could save by paying the players, but as a whole it ruins team chemistry and commitment. These players are also not as dedicated to the team, but rather they are interested in getting a nice NBA prospect score. This ruins college, because it disincentivizes players from staying to get an education, but rather to leave and play in NBA.

    The NCAA already basically takes a person's name during their NCAA career, but these players are allowed to do little with it. They can't use their name for any non school-related purpose (many who have, including one who went into music, were kicked out of NCAA), and they are not allowed to make money for themselves. This is taking away personal freedom, and the least the NCAA can do is pay them for this.

  • Athletes losing money

    The NCAA and universities are making millions if not billions off their sports mainly basketball and football. Sure some athletes are already getting an education in forms of scholarships but is that enough? They should be treated like pros or at least be able to have sponsors and sign autographs.

  • Student Athlete Compensation helps

    Students risk their health on the field. There were over 41,000 injuries from 04-09 in football alone. Shabazz Napier says he didn't have money to eat at night and slept hungry. Nick Chubb was brutally injured on the field and didn't return for a season. These kids need this money to survive.

  • Student Athletes are students, not employees.

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  • Scholarships arent enough

    This a new heated topic, which is very controvesal. Basically these athletes get scholarships to places like syracuse, ohio state, usc, alabama, texas which are mostly expensive schools to go to without scholarship money. They have more money in their pocket throughout this whole process because they dont spend thousands a year to get an education. However i feel that if they wanna sign autographs, do photoshoots and other activities where they make the money themselves. Plus if the school were to pay em, why wouldnt kids who get good grades, like why cant someone who gets on the deans list get 2,000 bucks when someone else who gets 10 tds gets 2,000 bucks. Im totally against this

  • It's an extracurricular not a job.

    At this level athletics in college are still an extracurricular. If you pay one extracurricular you have to pay them all, band, speech team, debate team, drama team, these aren't jobs, these are ways students get their heads out there and get experience. Also, if extracurricular became a job there would no longer be any scholarship money given out for them.

  • Just a Bad Situation

    The NCAA has and will continue to make tons of money, with so many sports recognized nationally, such as football and basketball drawing the most ratings. With that being said, students such as well known Football Player D'Anthony Thomas from the University of Oregon. On NCAA's merchaindise website, it basically throwing his jersey out there, with his number on it. Should the NCAA market the jersey's like this? No! It will continously cause controversy by people saying it is Thomas' jersey. It is wrong for the NCAA to market it like this, but should it result in them giving athletes money for these? No.

    The NCAA has many athletes ranging from bowling to wrestling. They have ( Since Sept 28,2012) over 450,000 student athletes. They get 871,6 million in revenue and 96% of it goes to programs and scholarships that benefit student athletes. The NCAA only retains 4% of this money. It is impossible for the NCAA to pay every student. If they dropped the 96% to 70%, they would lose too many scholarships and student athletes. While I agree the NCAA shouldn't market players jersey numbers, or signature accesories certain players wear, they can't afford to pay these students.

    People need to also look at how much they would make. They would make little money, they couldn't support themselves as well as a job anywhere, not career, job. I wish they had enough, but there are too many students.

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