Student Athletes Shouldn 't Be Paid Essay

953 Words Oct 18th, 2016 4 Pages
Reading Response to ….. I have decided to write a response paper to Ekow N. Yankah’s: “Why N.C.A.A. Athletes Shouldn’t Be Paid”. I have chosen this article because I do not agree with his statement which addresses that student-athletes shouldn 't get paid. Universities are using their student-athlete’s popularity to promote their athletics program while the student-athletes are unable to promote their own image. Time is also very limited during the day for student athletes to get a job. Most of the time coaches will not allow the student athletes to work, because of their conflicting schedules with practice. On average, a student athlete’s day is made up of going to classes, working on out in the gym, going to practice; which leaves not a lot of time to do homework, let alone getting a job. According to USA Today, the NCAA had total revenue of nearly $1 billion during its 2014 fiscal year. The amount of revenues generated by the universities and the NCAA are enough to pay student athletes, with these extra revenues, they should pay back a fair share of what they make to the athletes. As mentioned by Yankah on his second paragraph, I agree that “these (football and basketball) athletes collectively generate tens if not hundreds of millions of dollars annually for their schools.” Intercollegiate athletics are no longer just a sport, it has turned into a big business. Athletes in these highest-revenue sports rack up huge amounts from television rights, ticket sales,…

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