Should the NCAA represent student athletes as employees under the fair labor standards act?

Asked by: bandnerd67
  • They do hard work for this

    These students are hard workers that think that they should get this pay. The reasons behind this is that they play there hearts for this game, they risk any part of there body just for the love, passion, and the meaning they have for there team and fans, and they also get taken out of class just to go travel out of the State to play in other places. You think that there going to sit there silent and not try to say something to stick up for that. So if you think that you should pay them you should.

  • Student-athletes should be considered employees.

    The NCAA likes to say that student-athletes are amateurs and are students, not professionals, and therefore should not be employees. However, student-athletes are required to focus on athletics over academics when it comes to time. This has two impacts.
    First, the typical Division I college football player devotes 43.3 hours per week to his sport. That’s slightly greater than the typical American work week. Since so much time is put into athletics over academics, and to the fact that student-athletes work more than a typical American employee, they should be employees.
    Second, Although the NCAA claims college athletes are just students, the NCAA's own tournament schedules require college athletes to miss classes for nationally televised games that bring in revenue. Currently, the NCAA Division I football championship is played on a Monday night. This year, the national football championship game required Florida State football players to miss the first day of spring classes. Meanwhile, the annual NCAA men's basketball tournament affects more than six days of classes. At some schools, the road to the NCAA men's basketball championship may require student-athletes to miss up to a quarter of all class days during their Spring semester.
    The college sports industry, which is governed by the NCAA, currently produces nearly $11 billion in annual revenue from college sports -- more than the estimated total league revenues of both the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League. This year, the University of Alabama reported $143.3 Million in athletic revenues -- more than all 30 NHL teams and 25 of the 30 NBA teams. This has two impacts.
    First, the NCAA does have enough money to pay student-athletes if they were recognized as employees. When The Huffington Post asked five sports economists whether the NCAA and its member institutions could afford to pay student-athletes, the response was a definite “yes”. David Berri, a professor of economics at Southern Utah University stated,“It’s pretty clear that they would be able to.” Rodney Fort, a sports economist and professor of sports management at the University of Michigan, stated that the NCAA already has the money to pay student-athletes.
    Second, the NCAA claims that they are a nonprofit organization. This would mean that their incentive would be to spend every cent that they make. Since the NCAA makes a lot of money, they always end up having excess revenue. Duke’s athletic program, for example, pulled in revenue of nearly $80 million during a recent fiscal year but ended up with $146,000 excess revenue. That’s also why the NCAA had a surplus of $80 million on $989 million in revenue for its last fiscal year. Instead of spending this money on lavish, top-notch sporting centers, they should let student-athletes be employees, as they are the ones bringing in all the money.

  • Student athletes should not be considered employees

    So many other things are provided and optional for athletes in college such as scholarships, grants and other benefits like team buses, fame, the love for the game and so much more let me know what you think. Whether yes or no any, or ever both are greatly appreciated .

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