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Collegiate athletes play a sport that they love and like many professional athletes they work hard for that sport. Unlike professional athletes of course, college athletes are not paid a salary for what they do. However college athletes should be compensated for their hard work and dedication under certain circumstances. You see the answer to this question as to whether or not college athletes should be paid is not black and buy isabel marant sneakers white, rather it falls into a gray area for a number of reasons. The main reason that supports the idea of paying college athletes a salary may surprise you, so read on.
First one needs to look at what current college athletes do receive for their commitment to college sports before deciding if they should be paid. Many people believe that college athletes play hard and play with passion because that is their main driver, there is not multi-million dollar contracts, just records to break and goals to make. College athletes often get 'paid' in the form of athletic scholarships officially. Unofficially many of these athletes get 'paid' other perks in the form of social life advantages, campus perks, housing preferences, travel perks, and even the sometimes unethical grade boost so that they can stay on the team. But aren't most professional athletes passionate and motivated in their sports? Millions of dollars surely motivates, but the wear and tear of being a professional athlete means you have to love the sport as well. But paying college athletes these millions wouldn't be economical and might put too much pressure on these young, passionate athletes.
So why do they deserve a salary of some kind, even if it is only a salary that student workers might make? The reason has little to do with the actual sport, mulberry bags rather all the money the other people are making off these college athletes.
Who are these mysterious other people? They aren't all that mysterious, after all they are those covering college sports on ESPN and those making the ever popular NCAA versions of your favorite sports video games complete with college logos, mascots, and players. These companies such as ESPN and EA Sports rake in millions from covering college athletics and turning them into video games; many college rake in good cash selling licensing rights to these companies. But it is not only ESPN and EA Games that are making money off college athletes, you also have all the merchandising companies that pay colleges for the rights to use college team logos and names. Let's not forget the venues that host these sporting events and rake in money on ticket sales and vendor sales.
Yet without the actual athletes playing these sports, none of these companies would be benefiting from the additional revenue these athletes create for them. College athletic programs would have no 'product' or image to license without these players either. As you can see, many people and organizations make a lot of money off the hard work and sweat of the college athletes; so much money that even athletic scholarships aren't really enough. Colleges should share some of this money directly with their athletes. A program that allowed college athletes to also be considered student workers of their college could be paid a hourly or per game rate; it may not have to be much, but at least it will be sharing part of the cash pie that all these other people are making off of them. NCAA-sanctioned athletics are divided into three divisions: I, II, and III, as well as several sub-divisions in certain sports like football and ice hockey. The increase in popularity of college sports in recent years, and savvy marketing by the NCAA, has comfortably padded the pocketbooks of many universities, generating revenue that rivals that of some professional sports teams. A heightened interest in the performance of elite student-athletes involved in these sports has sparked a debate among fans that perhaps college athletes should be paid for their "services" to their schools. As a former NCAA Division III student-athlete, I find the idea that college athletes be paid for their participation ludicrous.
When people hear the words "NCAA" or "college sports," they usually think of the players they watch on TV during March Madness or the BCS Championships. What most fail to realize is that the NCAA oversees not just these elite-level student-athletes, but the hundreds of thousands of others who compete in oblivion in lower divisions, smaller schools, or less popular sports. The main argument supporting payment of collegiate athletes is that their performances increase notoriety for their universities and generate millions of dollars of income in the form of ticket sales, merchandise, alumni donations, and other financial contributions; thus, they should be allowed to share in some of that money. However, not all celine luggage sports programs generate the same kind of revenue.
The first issue that must be addressed when discussing the issue of payment for collegiate athletes is this disparity between the "haves" and the "have-nots." For example, compare the annual operating budgets of major Division I school and perennial college basketball powerhouse the University of Connecticut and Skidmore College, a small Division III school and my alma mater. Both schools support several varsity sports and hundreds of student-athletes, all governed by the NCAA. While specific information on Skidmore's athletic department spending was unavailable, it's safe to 16823152 nike 5.0 shoes say it's considerably less than $50 million. The questions that have to be asked, then, are these: How would the NCAA calculate appropriate payment for Skidmore's student athletes, whose performances don't produce any income for the school? How much could a school like Skidmore really afford to pay its student-athletes? Would large, financially viable athletic programs like UCONN's be expected to share the wealth with smaller schools? Or would small schools like Skidmore choose, instead, to do away with athletics altogether rather than try to find the money to pay players?
The second issue to address is the "payment" already in place for many elite student-athletes. Most large university athletic programs, because of their huge budgets, support their players very well. Not only do many of these athletes receive a college education free of charge thanks to generous athletic scholarships, but factor in the thousands of dollars spent on each player for gear, equipment, clothing, travel, expenses, housing, free sporting event tickets for family and friends, services like laundry and private tutoring, and per diem allowances for incidentals and you've got quite a nice compensation package for an 18 or 19 year old student.
As a Division III student-athlete, the only perks my teammates and I enjoyed were that we didn't have to wash our own practice gear or uniforms, and the dining hall staff would pack us a box of stale sandwiches and bruised celine bags fruit for our road trips. There were no scholarships; 81038226 nike air max lebron vii in fact, most of us worked on-campus jobs; no free gear, no luxury coaches or private planes, no high-end hotels, often no fans at our games. If players were paid for participating in college sports, would these perks for athletes in elite programs go away? Would smaller schools be forced to provide the same privileges for their players? Would student-athletes be expected to pay for these things from their earnings? Or would a paycheck signed by the NCAA come tucked neatly into a new pair of sneakers or a fresh set of shoulder pads?
The final issue that should be addressed is the ethical dilemma that arises when you consider the possibility of paying college students for, essentially, an extra-curricular activity. Granted, there is a huge commitment involved in collegiate athletics, even at the lowest level; time away from classes, pre-season and in-season workouts, long hours of travel, missed or shortened school breaks and vacations, etc. Yet there are plenty of other college students who devote just as much of their time to their own extracurricular activities that result in publicity and even revenue for their schools.
Consider those who participate in student government, drama, music, volunteer organizations, and campus life organizations; if college athletes are paid for the "work" they do for their school, shouldn't these students be compensated as well? How would enrollment and recruitment be affected if only athletes received payment for participation in their isabel marant sneakers chosen extracurricular activity? Would the quality of American higher education suffer because of this reallocation of funds less money available for academic buy isabel marant online programs, staff mulberry outlet uk positions, physical plant upkeep, etc.?
There are, without a doubt, many student-athletes isabel marant boots who should be paid for mulberry outlet 74703470 nike air max sneakers their performances. However, these are the athletes who will 90827730 nike air max griffey eventually make their careers in professional sports. Since many of them decide to leave college early to pursue these opportunities, there's not really a benefit to paying them while still in college. Certainly, keeping elite-level athletes enrolled in school longer would mean increased revenue for the university, but neither the NCAA nor any college or university has the ability to match the kind of payday that these athletes will eventually see with their isabel marant store professional contracts.
When faced with the decision of staying in college or going pro, most players who can will undoubtedly go. Elite student-athletes are in the extreme minority among collegiate players; the vast majority of the NCAA's more than 380,000 participants choose to play the sports they love for free, in front of crowds of tens or dozens, with little or no recognition even from their peers on campus, and without many of the benefits that those at the top level enjoy. College athletics should remain as pure as possible for these players, who most definitely will one day go pro in something other than sports.