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J_O'Donnell 5.06 Increasing Awareness
Transcript of J_O'Donnell 5.06 Increasing Awareness
By: John O'Donnell
5.06 Increasing Awareness
David Frank. "Athletic Scholarships." NCAA and NAIA College Academic Requirements. AthNet. Web. 02 Mar. 2016. <http://www.athleticscholarships.net/academic-requirements.htm>
"Should College Athletes Be Paid?" The Christian Science Monitor. 08. Mar. 2008. Web. 02 Mar. 2016. <http://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/Opinion/2008/0307/p09s01-coop.html>.
Overall, there are many requirements that college athletes have to follow, and there is a lot riding on their shoulders. As Forbes' Chris Smith wrote, "CBS and Turner Broadcasting make more than $1 billion off the games, thanks in part to a $700,000 ad rate for a 30-second spot during the Final Four. Athletic conferences receive millions of dollars in payouts from the NCAA when their teams advance deep into the tournament. Ditto for the coaches of the final squads standing. The NCAA, as a whole, makes $6 billion annually." This money comes mostly from the players playing the game, without them, the NCAA would have no money. So college athletes should get a cut of the cash, right? I think not. Former football player for Notre Dame Allen Sack and many others make the point that you can't trade knowledge for immediate financial compensation. Along with an academic scholarship, athletes still receive expert coaching (that could lead to a professional career as an athlete or as a coach), on-campus housing, frequent meals (if not elaborate training tables), non-uniform clothing, free medical consultation, free access to state-of-the-art training facilities and free professional development (media/public relations, life skills, networking, etc.). Aren't they getting paid enough?
Brian Frederick. US News. U.S.News & World Report, 1 Apr. 2013. Web. 02 Mar. 2016. <http://www.usnews.com/debate-club/should-ncaa-athletes-be-paid/fans-must-understand-that-college-sports-is-big-business>.
Should College Athletes be Paid to Play?