NCAA Athletes Should Be Paid And Here’s Why — CASH COW!
Depending on who you ask, you will get two common, opposite ended answers about NCAA student-athletes being paid for their work. Majority of the time, in my opinion of course, it will all come down to if the person likes sports or not. If you ask a person who doesn’t care for sports, there’s a good chance they will hit you with the generic answer that these athletes are getting a “free” education. Then when you ask one who loves sports, they will probably inform you that most athletes, basketball in particular, aren’t even going to school for the education but instead are being forced to attend college. Let alone they aren’t staying long enough to receive a degree.
I once did an informative speech, research paper on this topic in college and came away with some interesting facts. Now this was some years ago which means the numbers should probably be even more inflated by now. But at the time it showed that some universities brought in billions of dollars each year alone in just their college football programs.
Considering ticket sales for stadiums like Ohio State, who can hold over 100 thousand people and that’s not even counting the apparel sales and advertisement deals. Tons of revenue is being made! As for basketball, there was once a time when a star player in high school had the choice to forgo college and enter the NBA draft. A few examples are Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, LeBron James, to name a few. But in the recent years that has changed and now you have to be removed from high school at least one year before you can enter the NBA.
So basically, the NBA and NCAA are in tandem with each other in a sense that college programs will get to have a slave for 1 year at least. Because that’s basically what it is, slavery! The FBI is not to blame in this recent crack down, they are just trying to enforce the justice system. What needs to change is allowing student-athletes the ability to make income while in college.
These guys can’t even work a regular job like most students because they never have time, there’s always some sort of sport activity that requires them. So either allow them to go straight to the pros or start allowing them the opportunity to earn income. Even NBA star Kevin Durant chimed in this week when interview by the press stating, “you should let these kids make a decision however they want to. If they want to come out of high school, it should be on them. You know what I mean?
You can’t control everything. So if they feel as though they’re ready, that’s on them. They want to make a decision on their life, that’s on them.” He also went on to add, “the Final Four is one of the biggest sporting events in the world, in sports, and they don’t get a dime for it. I don’t think it’s right.” Durant once mentioned that he also would have went straight to the NBA had there not been the 1 year rule.
Lets get this right NCAA, times have changed and so should the system.