Compensating College Athletes

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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 …show more content…
John Calipari, head coach at the University of Kentucky, makes 5.5 million dollars a season, while Coach Krzyzewski, head coach at Duke University, is making 9.7 million a year (Becky and Gold). Likewise, Nick Saban, the head coach at Alabama, recently signed a new contract that will guarantee him seven million a year (Edelman 1). At the same time, most college football coaches receive over $100,000 per year but are rewarded with bonuses for getting to the playoffs, winning titles, and breaking school records. (Harnett 2). Athletes receive nothing for doing any of these things. Top NCAA officials are paid millions of dollars per year while many college athletes struggle to stay out of debt (Harnett 2). The fact is that there large are amounts of money going around the NCAA, and none of it goes to the players who bring in all of the …show more content…
Some people think that by simply stripping the title of amateur from college athletes, the love of the game would disappear and be replaced with greed (Becky and Gold 5). They fear that college athletics will begin to look like professional sports (Fornelli 3). Due to the Northwestern ruling, this might just happen. Government officials recently ruled that football players at Northwestern University are employees, not student athletes (Bowen 1). Now these players are able to form a union and are able to negotiate things like working conditions and pay (Fornelli 3). The NCAA and other people fear that college athletes will start to ask for professional wages ( Bowen 1).Some people also fear compensating athletes will upset the balance between sports that make money and those that struggle to stay afloat (Becky and Gold 3). There could also be a possible issue financially for some schools when it comes to compensating their athletes. For example, the UAB, a college in Alabama could be the first to lose its football program in 19 years (Solomon 1). They are not the only school. Twenty-six other colleges reported a 17.5 million dollar loss (Solomon 1). With reports like this, the NCAA is arguing that it is not feasible to compensate

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