Should College Athletes Be Paid? Essay

1393 Words Mar 22nd, 2015 6 Pages
For decades college athletes were supposed play solely for the love of game. It is this love that helps classify college players as "amateurs." Under this title the NCAA says that these players should not be given compensation. Compensating college athletes, however, may be coming more rapidly than the NCAA would like. With events like the Northwestern ruling and other recent court rulings, it seems that college athletes will be given compensation in the very near future. There are many people who are uninformed on this important issue. In today 's society the benefits and detriments of compensation college athletes are numerous. The NCAA has come a long way since it was first created in 1906. Today it is fast approaching a billion dollar organization, and its ratings are at an all time high (Becky and Gold 2). This is one of the main arguments for why college athletes should be given compensation. Major college programs bring in billions of dollars a year in TV and other marketing schemes all based on their athletes (Majerol 1). March Madness brought in over 1.15 billion dollars in TV ads alone and all ticket sales, promotions, and television revenues go directly to the NCAA, the schools themselves, and the coaches and other personnel involved (Johnson 1). Also, the NCAA recently sold broadcasting rights for upwards of 800 million dollars ( Edelman 1).The SEC will distribute 350 million dollars to its 14 schools. This equates to 21 million dollars to each school…

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