College Athletes Should Get Paid
Colleges harvest billions of dollars from student athletes but deny them from their rightful earnings. The NCAA made over $1 billion in revenue in 2017. That money gets returned to member schools, to fund their sports programs, coaches and administrators, as well as scholarships and academic assistance for student athletes.
But these athletes are not paid for the use of their name, image or likeness. Universities with top teams can scrape in nearly $20 million a year from sponsors like Nike or Under Armour, while athletes whose talent attracts these sponsorships walk away with not a single penny. It’s only fair that these athletes should at least get some pay for bringing on the fame upon them and their university’s team.
Paying college athletes can encourage healthier student athletes. It would allow them to focus on academics and athletics without worrying about making ends meet. Most athletes in college never become professional athletes. Offering these athletes stipend for playing would gain another incentive for students to become involved in athletics. Not every student athlete qualifies for a scholarship. Paying them would provide some financial relief to families.
Paying college athletes may certainly attract talent. Colleges willing to pay their athletes would attract more talented and better athletes. College athletes are often drawn into corruption by agents and boosters who are willing to bribe them to play for other schools. This can be eliminated if these college athletes were paid. Players wouldn’t have to leave school early and would still be able to pursue an education while taking care of their family back home. This could increase graduation rates, allow fans to see their favorite players mature through college and ensure coaches are preparing their athletes as much as possible for the next level.
These athletes are bringing in incredible and insane amounts of revenue to these schools, so why aren’t they receiving what is due? The NCAA should take this new dispute into consideration and think about these student athletes on how they’ve brought in the majority of the revenue to their schools for their performances in their sports.