April 26, 2012
Pay Student Athletes
The word student-athlete refers to a student who is playing a sport in college and receiving scholarships in return. On the surface, most people sees great athletes getting a free education, but they deserve more than just free education such as extra rewards and benefits since the college, the conferences and the NCAA are making billions of dollars off of them. To be in a nationally televised game or making deep runs in tournaments can bring in a lot of money for the colleges and universities. But the colleges and the sponsors collect all of the profits and not a single penny goes to the student-athlete and that is unfair. ...view middle of the document...
However, there are some exceptions to my argument about how colleges use student-athletes to generate revenue and not their academic progress.
“In 2011, the Bulldogs were the only school out of the Final Four participants to reach the top 10 percentile of the Academic Progress Rate. This only shows that Butler is an example for all students to follow. Not only do they try hard in the game of basketball, but they are also students in the classroom and try to earn a degree in their major, According to ESPN” (Cooper).
This is the only exception that I have found where academics of a student-athlete value the same as a sport. This lend weight to the argument, because this is only one exception university, against all the other colleges where athletes are there to generate money, education comes after that.
Playing a college sport is like a full time job for these student-athletes. They have to do something for the team everyday whether it’s watching film, practicing, or lifting weights. They only get free education for playing that sport. But an average college student gets time to study and also can get a job if he or she wants to. For a student-athlete, that person does not have the time to get a job. “The term student-athlete is meant to conjure the nobility of scholarship over athletic endeavor. But the origins of the ‘student-athlete’ lie not in a disinterested ideal but in a sophistic formulation designed to help the NCAA fight against workmen’s compensation insurance claims for injured football players” (Branch). That says that the word student- athlete was created to help the universities to fight off claims from injured football players.
In the 1950’s there was a case in the Colorado Supreme Court about the widow of football player Ray Dennison trying to get workmen’s compensation since he died from a head injury received while playing for Fort Lewis A&M Aggies in Colorado. The court agreed with the school and said that he was not eligible for benefits since the college was not in ‘football business (Branch). This examples shows college is all about making money and not wanting to lose any money just like a business. Tactics like this by universities make the word student-athlete a great defense against any of the liability cases. People need to understand the risks there are for student-athletes, for example some student athletes get tackled so hard they have concussion and sometimes they get serious injuries for their whole life and why they need to be paid, not just in scholarships money. The NCAA and the colleges included in it think that a scholarship is enough for a student-athlete, but they do not seem to care about how they are sacrificing their body playing that sport and the expenses that may cost them if they get injured.
Players put their maximum effort into every game they play and all the money that game generates goes directly to the college. In an article by Bob Greene, Leo W. Gerard, the international...