StudentAthletes and Money
Thedebate if college athlete students should be paid have been going onfor quite a while now. These arguments become even louder when thestudent-athlete gets hurt. Since an amount of consideration issupposed to be provided for their injuries. However, it is evidentthat many athletes are paid beyond what their scholarships offer(Langan 14). In addition, a question to also consider is whether astudent who is in a demanding endeavor to becoming an academicsuccess can also serve another very demanding role posed by thebusiness. Business in this case being the keeping up of performancein order to receive pay. Universities also profit from this, and theyare much more likely to protect their gain. Although, will this tothe best interest of the student or it is to allow the University getmore money. As a result, the college sports recruitment is mainly noteducational but entirely financial (Barner & Danny 210).
Havingthis in mind, we need to figure out whether the college athletesshould be paid or not. How they pay benefits them should be a factorin consideration too. Although not forgetting how the money theyreceive and their hampers their education. In this, there is a lineupof points that do support the idea of student athletes being paid. Sofirst, let us see why they should be paid.
Students’Scholarships are supposed to cover the students’ full academicrequirements and also cater for sundry expenses to support them inliving their lives on campus. The scholarship is to include mainlyfee, tuition, book and room for the student. However, thesescholarships for the student athletes do not cover the full cost ofattending college over the four-year period (Dosh 23). Thescholarships are about $2000 less, and they still do not covertraveling and sundry expenses meant for the student to survive thecollege life.
Therefore,the scholarships are not a fair deal to the student’s athletes.Although, the scholarships were supposed to be viewed as thecompensative measure for the athletes, now they do not cover themcompletely. A student under this scholarship is required to add some$8,000 to $12,000 to bridge on the living expenses. Therefore, forstudent-athletes it is only fair that they get another compensationfor their hard work in advertising the school and ensuring itsperformance in the field (Langan 204).
Inaddition, it is said that the players are over-exploited. In this,they are used to make more money for the universities while they getso little out of it. In relation to what the university might get outof the student`s contribution. It will not be fair what the studentearns for his contribution. This has been referred to being similarto the “plantation system.” The coaches get the students who workand toil to enrich the university while they receive very low wagesfor their efforts. Although, the student is not a slave as per theplantation system, he is controlled, managed and dominated by theUniversity (Langan 119). Hence, although free, he does not thenecessary options or receives as much as he is supposed to. Manytimes these students are mistreated mentally and denied some rightsof a free citizen. However, they can do nothing as in an unjustsystem there is no real democratic remedy.
Inthis, the students are supposed to be very obedient, or they risklosing their hard earned scholarships. They are restricted to so manythings making them look more like slaves. A student-athlete cannotget out of a letter of intent or get a transfer without a penalty.Their privacy is also deprived, as they are subject to compulsorydrug tests, room check, and even there are limitations to where theycan or cannot go in the society. They are not also allowed toparticipate in the political protests, and their right of assembly isdeprived.
Thecollege sport have become a multi-million industry for the NationalCollegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), universities, and thecouches. Its provisions are enough but when they leave the studentswith nothing its a very sad fact (Hall 110). Schools can makemillions and pay their coaches millions too, but the student who isdoing the actual work of playing is given just a scholarship. Ascholarship that can be terminated if he gets injured whileperforming his duty, to play in the field.
Theathletes should be compensated adequately, one reason being they putall they have on the line. The student players put their bodies onthe line when playing every game. In this, they could get hurt orinjured in the game or at practice. If this happens for many of themits game over. Their athletic career had ended even before it got achance to bear fruits. In addition, since the students are notconsidered as employees when an injury occur, and they cannot recoverthey are swept under the rug (Dosh 203). Therefore to further thestudents dream and ensure that they keep on playing the game theylove it is necessary for them to be given full advantages of anathlete.
Onthe other hand, the discussion about not paying the student athleteshas also been indulged for quite a while. It may be because everyperson out there is looking for a way to make money. Even may be thatuniversities have allowed access to their annual budgets to thepublic making students select the most profitable ones. However allthis fall under different consideration by the universities and theNCAA. By this, they price the efforts of a student-athlete ondifferent things rather than just the salary of the student. For themnot to pay them not to pay the student they consider someimplications like
Educationis the sole purpose of the universities to the community at large. Inaddition, nowadays education is a very expensive activity. As by thefamous quote, “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.”In this, universities toil to produce capable graduates in order toimprove their lifestyle and living standards. However, the factor ofpaying the student athletes remain to shake the colleges anduniversities. In addition, the factor of paying the athletes based oneducation has now become outdated. Although, the thought that payingstudents athletes will solve all their issues is the most outdatedone. In this, the fear of the NCAA is that paying of student athleteswill undermine the sole purpose of a college education which is amore valuable factor than a modest annual pay (Langan 24). Even if itseems that universities do not care for the student athletes, payingthem will just prove further that they do not, and it will not solvethe problem.
Thepayment program for the student athletes would raise more problemsthan solutions. This is because the payment itself is a problem. Itwill demand numerous NCAA oversights and managing of so manydifferent accounts (Hall 115). Plus their practicalities to considerlike what will the payment be based on? How much would an athleteget paid and what would be the standard for that pay? In addition,what will happen to sports activities that do not earn revenue to theuniversity? In this, it has been noted that only sports and divisionone student-athlete make a profit to the school. Then this would meana drain to the athletics department for the other game categoriesthat do not earn a profit. Hence, the university will either considerto run a very expensive sports program or eliminate all other sportsactivities that do not make a profit.
Hence,many universities will be bankrupt if pushed to pay student athletesand maintain their degree programs. Since there is a small number ofactivities that make big money. Therefore, the NCAA should be viewedas an organization that merely provides a venue for the sport. Hence,we should eliminate our shift thinking that playing an organizedsport is right while it is just a privilege (Hall 201).
Theuniversities are described by most students as a self-containedlearning centers that are safe and comfortable to socialize in. Theyoffer a number of activities that help in creating the universityexperience. These activities include lectures by prominent people,concerts, on-stage productions, fitness facilities, sports, clubs,and even movies (Langan, 14). By adding fees, a school can be able tosubsidize these activities. In this, for a full scholarship athleteit is free. Some of the other activities that are to the benefit ofthe athlete also are, restricted fitness facilities i.e. for athleteor team only, very well managed field, sports medical care, athleticattire plus footwear and even specialized meal. Not forgettingtraining from the best coaching minds in the business. In addition,access to the best strength and nutrition personnel. All this andgiving the athlete a highly profiled name, a strong, fun base, andmedia exposure plus a very competitive atmosphere to grow in wherethe rivals have already been proven. All of which took time and moneyfor the universities to establish and nature (Dosh 113). Hence, theschool always offer more than the athlete requires to him and hisfellow students. In which it would be absurd to ask still for furthercompensation.
Alsokeeping in mind that the student-athletes are students first thenathletes. The university and athletic department although they makemoney from sports they just plow them back the money the sportingactivities that do not make money. In this, the NCAA funds over 80championships in all the divisions (Hall 200). Hence, this shows howdeep the organizations duties are. Therefore, when the students arepaid the disparities in the universities will be even greater sinceonly a few well abled universities can make the money.
Inconclusion, it is evident that although the universities make muchmoney from the students sport it will be of more trouble to try andpay the student athletes. With this in mind care for students,athletes should be of high value. In addition, the universitiesshould also revise their scholarship and ensure that a student issecured through the period in the university. This will ensure thatthe school upholds its end in allowing a student to study and acquirehis degree. The society should also stop looking at how big the moneybeing made is and start concentrating on what the money is doing.They should also look at what implications of paying the studentathletes are not only to the division one athletes but also to otherdivisions as well (Barner & Danny 21).
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