Argumentative Essay On College Football Players

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Another reason I believe why these athletes are employees is that they are economically dependent on their universities, just as most of traditional relationships between employer and employees. College football players are dependent on their universities through basic survival needs, such as food and shelter (McCormick., McCormick, 2006). Only some of the players are given grants and aids to be able to eat as they would not be able to finically support themselves without it (McCormick., McCormick, 2006). The scholarship provides schooling, residence for players and food to be able to perform for the large number of viewers and football supporters who come watch them play, but the players do not get any employee benefits or cut backs from playing …show more content…
Other examples that show the universities or colleges put up the act of schooling first is the fact that they hire tutors or bribe professors to give football players high grades to keep up the image of the players putting classes first (Eckard., Nagel., Randall., Southall, 2015., Finkel., Martin., Paley, 2013). The schools also get away with accepting football players in certain universities/colleges, to play on the football team, who can not read or write correctly (Finkel., Martin., Paley, 2013). This shows that not all of the players are academically able to keep up with post secondary school, which further enforces the idea that the term student athlete is just a coverup for the actual relationship existing between players and their schools. How is the college getting away with promising the players are students and then continue to bring in strong football players to play for the best teams, who can not read or right on a basic high school level, let alone a postsecondary level? I think they continue to do this as schools are getting away with illegally pushing athletes through …show more content…
I argue that not only should Division I football players create a labour union, but that by doing so will provide many positive outcomes and possibilities to the players themselves. I believe that by forming a labour union, the players would finally get power, profits and their voices to be collectively heard in a way like never before. We see evidence in this starting through the Northwestern football players attempting to create union status (Gregory, 2015., S. Sonti, 2014., Zirin, 2015). Even though the decision by the National Labour Board was initially to allow this, it was overturned. This proves that there has been a start and change is coming for football players in the NCAA, as players are starting to realize the power and benefit of union representation. I believe they should unionize as they could bargain to finally be seen as employees and receive profits from the billions of dollars the NCAA brings in off the back of the

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