Paying College Athletes Tyler Branch wrote captivating article in The Atlantic titled “The Shame of College Sports” which included a disturbing story about the treatment of a college athlete. In 1974, running back Kent Waldrep suffered paralysis after a hard tackle during a game while attending Texas Christian University (TCU). The university paid his medical bill for nine months, but then refused to pay anymore expenses because of his “student athlete” status. For sixteen years his family battled TCU in the courts trying to obtain “workers compensation” benefits. In June of 2000 the Court of Appeals in Texas ruled against Waldrep based upon his status as a “student-athlete”, not an employee. TCU used Waldrep’s football ability to make money, but because of Waldrep’s classification as a “student-athlete,” the court said he had no entitlement to compensation that another TCU employee would receive. Even though the school made money off of his work, unlike a coach for instance, he received no compensation. Currently, National Colligate Athletic Association (NCAA) college athletes do not receive any kind of compensation in addition to their scholarships. College athletes generate millions of dollars for their universities and deserve additional payment. Division 1 college athletes put in countless hours playing their sport to the best of their ability. If playing a sport in college takes as much time as a job, then playing the sport should come with payment like a job. Opponents of compensating the college athletes ignore the billions of dollars generated by the players’ efforts and accept the falsehood that today's college athletes are student-athletes. Advocates against paying college athletes argue several points in hopes of maintaining the current NCAA policy. First, they say college athletes get “compensated” by the value of education which includes housing, tuition, and meals. Secondly, supporters say if college athletes get paid, they become professional athletes not student-athletes. Lastly, supporters of not paying athletes argue the impossibility of fair distribution to all athletes. Proponents for not paying players say athletes receive payment in the form of scholarships, but the scholarships fail to cover all college related expenses. The difference between a scholarship and the full cost of attending a university ranges from $2,000 and $5,000 depending on which college they attend. As shown in a stltoday.com article, $4,300 reflects the difference of cost between scholarship benefits and actual costs at the University of Missouri during the 2011-2012 academic year. Scholarships fall short in covering living expenses such as transportation, clothing, and miscellaneous expenses. For example, off campus athletes receive monthly benefits from their scholarships for rent. However, they do not receive rent money for the two months they are not in school. The NCAA basketball tournament made ninety million dollars in 2011 while Missouri basketball players received five hundred and fifty dollars for rent (Gregorian). Sports writer Duncan Currie’s article argues the average scholarship falls $3,000 short of covering the expenses of the athlete. He said if scholarships supposedly pay players, then scholarships need to be boosted to help “cash-strapped’ players meet their living costs. Syracuse University professor, Dr. Boyce Watkins, who has taught on college campuses for seventeen years, has witnessed the hardships placed on college athletes. He claims the NCAA earns forty percent more in advertising revenue than the NBA playoffs and sixty percent more than MLB playoffs. The NCAA does not pay its athletes and therefore the money should go to enhances scholarships. Although today’s college athletes maintain the label of “student-athlete,” the demands of college athletics make them like professionals. The NCAA titles the young men and women that participate in college athletics student athletes, but the…
Javari Parker Jr.
February 4, 2013
Do you ever wonder if paying college athletes would benefit not just the athletes but, also the fans of the team? Absolutely it would by keeping everyone’s favorite players in school for all four year of their eligibility. That would also increase the fan support and competitiveness of each program while gaining and keeping fans. Paying the colleges athletes would obviously help out the young adults too by helping them buy necessities the scholarship…
Should College Athletes Be Paid?
Over the years a debate has been going on that deals with college athletes, and money. College athletes put it enough work for it to be considered a full time job but yet, they see no money coming their way after all that they bring into to their respective universities. College athletes should receive some type of payment because schools are using their product, and skills to benefit money, and enrollment wise while the players see nothing in return.
Paying Collegiate Athletes
College athletics is a billion dollar corrupt organization. From the NCAA Division 1 rulebook, article 12 “Pay is the receipt of funds, awards or benefits not permitted by the governing legislation of the association for participation in athletics”. The rules state that in the current system athletes are not allowed to receive money from Universities but it is happening anyways. Since the paying of collegiate athletes is likely to continue even with the rules in place…
Design Society I
December 5th, 2012
Paying For The War
The First World War, also known as “The Great War” was sparked by the fight between Austria-Hungary and Serbia. This spark grew and countries such as the United States of America, Canada, Great Britain, Germany and France. As the war grew so did the need for funding. In order to fund the war, nations begun to use posters to advertise the need for donations from the citizens back home. Posters acted as the tool…
College is worth it
Do you ever stress about going to college? Worry About the cost? Scared if you’re going into the wrong field of study? College is very important to go to now a days because a lot more jobs are requiring a college education. College is worth the time and money to go through. I believe everyone should go to college and get a degree. In this essay I will be explaining why it’s important to go to college and why it’s worth having a degree.
First, college graduates…
Paying College Athletes
The schedule of a college athlete is rough, but it is what they have always dreamed of doing. It is going to practice, then going to class, then back to practice. That doesn’t include all the sports events that they have to travel to. Most of the time they travel to different states, some across the country, to play a game. For most of college athletes it’s for the love of the game. College athletes receive many benefits from their university such as scholarship money, meals…
nurses are always going to be needed, that is also why the unemployment rate is as low as it is. I personally want to become a pediatric nurse for the fact that this is what I want to do with my life. It is just an advantage that is one of the best paying jobs. Even though it is a rough road to actually being in the nursing program, it will be all worth it!
I am currently on a four year scholarship that pays for everything, after financial aid. Even with a scholarship, my scholarship does not…
points, and give me a better understanding as to why this happens.
My second reason is also love. I don’t like seeing my children struggle. An average worker cannot make enough money to support a family. I want them to go to college and be able to obtain higher paying jobs. And the best way to reinforce that idea is to do so myself.
I had a harder time understanding or getting to the core of my third reason. I can say it was to further my own earning potential, but it would be a lie. If I…
11 April 2008
Paying College Athletes
College sports have gained a lot of positive attention over the past couple of years due to the athletes’ passion and desire for the sports. Being nationally televised and making it deep into big tournaments can rack up a lot of wealth that colleges and universities can respectively cash in. Only the schools and sponsors of these profiting tournaments and bowl games collect the profits that athletes bring in and…
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Date of Submission: 12/021/2012
Title of Assignment: Term Paper – “Integrating Values – The Legality, Morality, and Social Responsibility of Paying College Athletes”
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