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Why college athletes should be payed

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Garrett Selph

on 10 April 2014

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Colleges make millions off college athletes’ games every year.
Why College Athletes Should be Payed.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association, was created in 1906 by Teddy Roosevelt.
It was created to help inspire kids across the nation to go to college. He had no understanding as to what magnitude the industry would turn into; but yet to this day very few rules have been added or changed.
College players should be paid because colleges make millions off players’ games every year, it encourages kids to go to college, and colleges make millions off players value.

Players make sacrifices for their college and should be compensated for them.

“college athletes also play a part in college ranking”
Chen
“Athletes earn their schools hundreds of thousands of dollars, increase enrollment, and if they do well, provide a recruiting piece for generations”
Wilborn

"In ‘09 revenue when we won the national championship that year it was like $62 Million."
AJ McCarron
Where does all of this money go in a non-profit organization? I at least know one place it doesn't go, to the athletes.
“The playoff series will generate on the order of $480 million"
Jonathan Mauler
“The BCS’ new deal with ESPN was based , in part, on paying more money to school/conferences with regard to what has been called “population centers”
Michael Wilborn
“Recently the NCAA and CBS signed a 10.8 billion dollar television agreement over 14 years.” Joe Nocera also goes on to say, “the NCAA is also considered a non-profit company”, but “top NCAA executives are getting $1 million per year”
Joe Nocera
“Bilas said it is unjust that other agents of the sports enterprise are getting benefits from athletes’ burdens and sacrifices without giving them equitable compensation."
Chen
“Being an athlete is a full-time job."
Nocera
College athletes have a hard enough time just getting by in their classes. When every other student is studying, there in practice or going over film.

Some colleges argue that a scholarship is pay enough, but “A scholarship doesn’t equal cash in a player’s pocket. Even with any type of scholarship, college athletes are typically dead broke”
Mitrosilis
The effort of college athletes plays a part in a colleges ratings.
The athletes bring in millions in ticket sales every year.
College Bowls are based off talent and who will bring in the most revenue.
Players risk career ending injuries every time they play.
If the player is on a scholarship they are not even allowed to work.
It could encourage players to work harder if they received pay.
“College athletes should be rewarded for their hard work”
Mauler.
If you work somewhere every day and you don't get paid or you get paid very little, you're gonna slack off and mess around. Now lets involve money, you now get two thousand, five hundred dollars every month but you must maintain a three point five gpa, come to practice every day on time or early, and you have a curfew of one a.m. If you’re telling me this won’t make athletes work harder, you're not thinking straight.
I’ve stated it before and I’ll state it again “being an athlete is a full time job”
Nocera

Colleges make millions off player memorabilia, merchandise, and receive money from alumni.
“I'm not saying we should be paying athletes $5,000 or even $10,000 per semester. If each athlete got $2,000 paid over the course of a semester, this would give them some spending cash and an opportunity to start managing their money”
Mauler
It only makes sense to pay someone for bring in revenue to your company.
All players could receive the same amount of pay to prevent wealthier schools from receiving better players.
Players have value in every piece of merchandise sold.
What sells merchandise for a sports team? Popularity. Ok, what makes a sports team popular? Being good. How do you become good? You get good players. Its simple enough, lets compare Alabama's football merchandise sold to the Arizona Sun Devils. Two very well known colleges about the same size, but Alabama has been to the BCIS championship game the last three years, you can just guess which one sells more football merchandise. So you can't possibly say that students athletes have nothing to do with merchandise revenue.
“So, the equitable -application excuse for not paying athletes doesn't hold water”
Wilborn
“Bilas added that collegiate athletes should be treated the same way as any other industry in the free market, and compensation for student athletes should be determined by market demand. Colleges could consider spending less money on the facilities that they use to attract student athletes and instead use that money to pay them”
Chen

All players could receive the same amount of pay to prevent wealthier schools from receiving better players.
The athletes are the key employees for the so called “non-profit” organization of the NCAA.

Jerseys for pro players are so expensive because the player whose jersey you're buying gets a percentage on that.
What part does a NCAA officials have in some athlete wanting to sell one of their old jerseys? “If somebody is willing to give AJ Green $750 or $1,000 or even $2,500 for his Georgia Bulldogs jersey, fine, good”
Wilborn


With all that colleges make off games and players it should be clear that college athletes should have a piece of it. It could only encourage the player to continue to go to college.
.What better way for the NCAA to inspire high school graduates to pursue college by paying them to play the spot they love. After all, that what the NCAA is about, encouraging as many high school graduates as possible to experience the opportunities that college has to offer.

.This is why college players should be paid, because colleges make millions off players’ games every year, it encourages kids to go to college, and colleges make millions off players value.
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