Looking at paying college atheletes

In 2010 the average NCAA football had net revenue of $3.15 million per school. The average BCS men’s basketball program generated 10.1 million in revenue. Of all that money how much of it went to its workers? (The players) none! With all the money generated from college sports, college athletes should receive a stipend.

The NCAA makes billions yet the athletes who are the face of the program are left with nothing. College athletes are not permitted to make money from the jerseys with their number on it, yet schools can sell the same jersey. They are not permitted to receive money from ticket sales even if they are the very reason thousands of fans sell out stadiums. College athletes cannot sign endorsement deals with Gatorade, Nike, Reebok, etc. But at the same time are not able to have jobs because of the huge time commitment to the athletic program.

The problem then comes in when athletes need money. Money for a cell phone or to buy a bus or plane ticket home. Because of the time commitment they cannot have a legal part time job. Or what about the athlete who comes from nothing? A lot of the top athletes’ families have very little. I mean we hear about it all the time the “Cinderella Stories” we like to call them. (Burgett)

Then comes the kid that has little family, but is offered a scholarship for a sport. He/she takes it because they realize it comes with a better life. When money then comes into play, for those who have little, they know taking money is a good thing because money means something better than what they have. Even the privileged athlete who grew up in the big house with the great parents and great environment, who gets a big-time scholarship, is also not stupid and likes the ability to have money in hand.

So instead they resort to illegal activities or selling items for profit which is against the NCAA rules. We hear about these huge scandals all the time. A recent example is Terrell Pryor former Ohio State Buckeye. According to an interview from Outside the Lines article (Farrey) Pryor reportedly received $500 to $1000 3 to 4 times a week from signing memorabilia and then Dennis Talbott selling it. The witness a former friend of Pryor collected anywhere from $20,000 to $40,000 last year. Pryor along with other Buckeye team mates also signed memorabilia in return of receiving tattoos.(Branch) Because of the actions of these individual players Ohio State gave up its wins from the former season and even gave up the Sugar Bowl championship victory. If a player received a stipend they would not have to illegally receive money.

Branch, Taylor. "The Shame of College Sports." Atlantic Magazine Oct. 2011: 6. Print