Paying College Athletes Essay examples

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A Much Needed Stipend Your boss is making 7 million dollars per year and driving a luxury car. You, on the other hand, are working hard every day for free and living in poverty. Sure, you have a free place to live with meals and education included, but you have no extra money for other necessities. You did not save enough money in high school and your family does not have money to give you. You are a college athlete. Athletic boosters tempt the athletes with illegal benefits because most do not have money for their own use. The NCAA makes millions of dollars off a college athlete’s performance. The NCAA is a not-for-profit agency that does not operate like one. If college athletes received a yearly stipend from the NCAA, then …show more content…
During an interview with Fresh Air, a NPR program, Josh Luchs states that “he also rented luxury cars for players, bailed one out of jail and brought more than one player in to live with him, just to keep them close and keep competing sports agents at bay” (Davies par. 2). Luchs gave UCLA Bruins football players, Carl Greenwood and Sean LaChapelle, money during college in order to lure them into signing with him as their agent when they became professional football players. Other past illegal benefits have come from athletic boosters. Calvin Mickens, a previous Oklahoma State University football player, was interviewed by Sports Illustrated and remembers, “After a 62-23 loss at Texas A&M in which he had an interception, Mickens recalls getting $800 in the locker room from a different man. At the time, he didn’t consider that he was violating NCAA rules. He saw other teammates receiving similar gratuities and assumed they were the perks of playing for a big-time program” (Dohrmann and Evans par. 2). The athletic boosters provided money illegally to players to reward them for playing well. The players would not be as tempted to take these financial performance incentives if the NCAA was providing them a stipend. The NCAA has many avenues to make millions of dollars. The article, “Paying College Athletes,” states, “In addition to revenue from ticket sales and television advertising, the NCAA

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