Paying College Athletes Case Study

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The Ultimate Paycheck The NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) and College and University Athletic Departments are only profitable because of one reason and that is the athletes that agree to come play for the colleges and universities. The athletes are what make college athletics so successful. The NCAA is one of the most profitable nonprofit organizations in the country. According to Marc Edelman in the article “The Case for Paying College Athletes”, The college sports industry generates $11 billion in annual revenues. The revenue consumed from all sporting events put on by the University Athletic Departments and the NCAA has skyrockets in the last 15-20 years because of the improvement of Athletes. Which in return make the sporting …show more content…
The skill and talent needed to play collegiate sports is remarkable. Away from the actually sporting event, college athletes spend endless hours for practice, class, travel, and other requirements to remain eligible to play. According to David Anderson in the article “Top 10 Reasons College Athletes Should Be Paid” Anderson states that college athletes not only spend 40 hours a week dedicated to their respective sport, they also spend 50 hours a week studying and attending mandatory classes and study halls. Anderson also states that with those to going on, college athletes have to work 90 hours a week to remain on the team and still receive benefits from their scholarship. This gives the athletes a full schedule all day every day. With barley any free time, the athletes have no time to maintain a job for money. The “full ride” scholarship most athletes receive does not cover enough to make the athletes live a comfortable college life. Athletes are asked to do much more than just be a student athlete for these Colleges and Universities to only receive “free education”, room & board, and a meal plan. Those benefits aren’t sustainable in the college student economic world. College athletes are putting in more hours than two full time jobs. The benefits the athletes receive now are outdated and not acceptable for this day in age because of the current economic climate. All the Colleges and Universities benefit …show more content…
The NCAA is a Multi- Billion Dollar Association with Monopolistic powers. The NCAA has no competition and a one of a kind association. According to Dominic Alessi the author of the article “5 Reasons Why NCAA Athletes Should Be Paid” Alessi states that the NCAA is a “Cash Cow”. He then goes on to say that the NCAA takes so much and gives so little in return. They control of all the college and university athletic departments. According to Craig Keolanui in the article “Top 10 Reasons College Football Players Should Get Paid” Keolanui states that colleges and mainly the NCAA can make all the money from selling jerseys of likable plays, and other souvenirs. This is a ridiculous rule. Making money of likable players and fan favorites would be okay if those players benefited from the sales of their jerseys. A University of Georgia football player Rico McGraw shared with me “I walk into the University bookstore and see my jersey for sale. Knowing that all of those fans see me on Saturdays and like the way I play, they then buy my jersey based on the success I had on the field. The problem is I don’t get any of the money that comes from the result of my success and our teams’ success. I’m not the only one that gets mad that we can get any money from our jerseys being sold.” The NCAA is not wanting to share a dime with the people who make the NCAA what it

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