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, financing should be allowed with controlled limits and guidelines to maintain equal distribution of money. The history of college sports shows the corruption within the national organization. Year after year universities find more ways to pay the athletes, under the table and boosters paying are the two most common. A booster is generally a highly wealthy man, who donates money to the school to help with funds. Some of the elite athletes are getting “paid with funds provided by boosters” (Russo) because the boosters paying does not relate to a direct pay from the school. While some get paid by boosters, other athletes are getting paid under the table. It sounds as it is, coaches are “handing them cash under the table” (Nocera) as for they do not believe they will attend their university unless some sort of cash is given extra. These actions of paying illegally have caused many high profile cases in the collegiate sporting world. The most notable of the cheating cases is the Southern Methodist University death penalty. At SMU not only “coaches were involved”, but “top school officials” (Russo) were affiliated with paying the athletes illegally. The famous SMU scandal is considered the worst one in college history, but a more recent one at Miami University challenges that. Miami University football players were involved in a “$930 million Ponzi scheme,” (Robinson) fraudulent investment operation. There are many different instances and ways coaches pay players to attend their University, and there are reasons from that to support why they should not be paid. Many people believe paying athletes would just cause more devious problems to linger on instead of resolving the current ones. Those opposed feel that the athletes are already getting enough money through the scholarship they are receiving and they frankly don’t deserve it. Mark Murphy, Director of Athletics at Northwestern University, said “these athletes currently receive scholarships in totals close to $200,000 over four years” (Meshefejian pg. 96). The opposition argues that this is an already very generous amount of money so why is more needed to be given. Another point they stress is that they are there for an education not athletics, the primary function of colleges is to “provide and education for students” not to “hire students for athletic contributions” (Meshefejian pg. 95). The opposition also believes that the players have not completely earned the money. The way people think is that every school is a multi-million dollar industry which really, only “30% of D1 football” and only “26 of D1 basketball” (Why student-athletes are not paid, par. 3) programs actually post a revenue to cover the expenses. The others are stating that not every school can afford to pay the athletes, and they are right. The less popular sports do not produce nearly any revenue for their school, so why should they get paid? Amateurism is what keeps the athletes from being paid and keeping sports as just a fun experience. The reason the “athletes themselves are not paid” is the keep the “NCAA from crossing the line between amateurism and professionalism” (Paying college athletes, par. 14). The NCAA is strictly an amateur only sporting association, and to pay athletes would be “violating their own rules of amateurism” (paying college athletes, par. 27). It is clear that the opposition to paying athletes is based on the reluctance that it will solve the problems. In contrast, paying
Paying Collegiate Athletes
The Intercollegiate Athletic Association National Collegiate Athletic Association was
founded in 1906 by Theodore Roosevelt. In 1910 it took the name of National Collegiate
Athletic Association (NCAA). The NCAA is a nonprofit association that regulates collegiate
athletes. The NCAA has always allowed colleges to offer scholarships to athletes. However, a
new discussion has come up recently. More and more of the athletes believe that they should…
College athletes should not be paid to play
Many students find it the best way to earn money and leave education behind. Sports are necessary but there should be schedules for playing sports and studying. A college student represents his or her institution and it is their responsibility to play with honesty and devotion. Many students go into the athletes/sports thinking of the money and the popularity, which in turn catapult them to lucrative carrier down the road. College athletes should not…
January 31, 2013
Paying for the Playing
Did you know that nearly 80% of college athletes are able to earn their degree in college? Of those 80%, more than not are there on athletic scholarships. Playing on a team is already being treated like a professional business rather than a collegiate sport. Each year hundreds of students attend a university paying no tuition, for doing nothing more than playing a sport. Should college athletes receive an annual income on top of all the…
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 it is not fair. The athletes do not garner…
society over the last 200 years. Before 1850, intercollegiate sports played little to no role in the daily lives of college students. Since its creation, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (or NCAA - the governing body over college athletics) has grown into a multi-million dollar industry and some experts feel college athletes should begin to benefit more financially from the large revenues being brought in. According to the Oklahoman newspaper, in 2007 the profit from the top five college…
Should College Athletes Get Paid?
Sports have always been a large and very influential part of my life. I come from a line of college and professional level athletes so I grew up heavily influenced by those people. My grandfather and my dad both set out from the time I was born to condition me to admire the dedication and hard work that athletes put into their craft. My dad decided that I was destined to be a Georgia Bulldog just like he was and by…
recognition, and funding to the university” (Murphy). The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) was founded in 1910, and was originally founded as a discussion group as well as a rules making body (Who We Are). The NCAA still makes the rules that allow for fair competition but have greatly evolved since 1910. They are now primarily responsible for “safeguarding the well-being of student athletes” and helping these athletes succeed on and off the field/court (Who We Are). The NCAA is absolutely…
(National Collegiate Athlete Association and for thousands of schools. In which fuelled the major debate of whether college athletes should be compensated for the revenues of their names. Thousands are already getting paid, but not everyone is being compensated equally.
Athletes are the heartbeat of the NCAA. Despite the success of tournaments held every winter, athletes do not receive any compensation. Many like to argue that the NCAA will lose its integrity by paying its “Amateur” athletes of the…
Collegiate athletes lay it all on the line when they compete. Just like their professional counterparts, they play the game with heart and soul. Why, then, are they not given monetary compensation in return for all the blood, sweat and tears they shed for their school?
According to “Let’s start paying college athletes” by Joe Nocera of The New York Times, the 15 highest-paid NCAA football coaches made $53.4 million; meanwhile, the 13,877 Division I players made $0.
I realize that for those…
Do you think college athletes should receive a salary for playing?
Whether or not college athletes should get paid has been a debatable question for a while now. Twenty years ago there were only six sports related channels on television. Today, there are over 150. This is mainly due to college athletics, ranging from football, men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, baseball, and softball. This fact alone would make one question why the profits are not going to the athletes who are working hard…