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Paying College Athletes Essay

1777 words - 8 pages

A Much Needed Stipend
Your boss is making 7 million dollars per year and driving a luxury car. You, on the other hand, are working hard every day for free and living in poverty. Sure, you have a free place to live with meals and education included, but you have no extra money for other necessities. You did not save enough money in high school and your family does not have money to give you. You are a college athlete. Athletic boosters tempt the athletes with illegal benefits because most do not have money for their own use. The NCAA makes millions of dollars off a college athlete’s performance. The NCAA is a not-for-profit agency that does not operate like one. If college athletes ...view middle of the document...

During an interview with Fresh Air, a NPR program, Josh Luchs states that “he also rented luxury cars for players, bailed one out of jail and brought more than one player in to live with him, just to keep them close and keep competing sports agents at bay” (Davies par. 2). Luchs gave UCLA Bruins football players, Carl Greenwood and Sean LaChapelle, money during college in order to lure them into signing with him as their agent when they became professional football players. Other past illegal benefits have come from athletic boosters. Calvin Mickens, a previous Oklahoma State University football player, was interviewed by Sports Illustrated and remembers, “After a 62-23 loss at Texas A&M in which he had an interception, Mickens recalls getting $800 in the locker room from a different man. At the time, he didn’t consider that he was violating NCAA rules. He saw other teammates receiving similar gratuities and assumed they were the perks of playing for a big-time program” (Dohrmann and Evans par. 2). The athletic boosters provided money illegally to players to reward them for playing well. The players would not be as tempted to take these financial performance incentives if the NCAA was providing them a stipend.
The NCAA has many avenues to make millions of dollars. The article, “Paying College Athletes,” states, “In addition to revenue from ticket sales and television advertising, the NCAA has deals with more than 30 companies to license official NCAA merchandise, including video games and clothing” (Paying College Athletes par. 5). They are allocating money in the wrong places and to people who are overpaid for their services, such as coaches, athletic directors, and advertising contracts. The athletes are not being paid for their services. In the same article, it is noted that, “The NCAA earns about $4 billion in licensing fees each year” (Paying College Athletes par. 5). The NCAA does not appear to be suffering financially, but athletes are struggling.
Paying the athletes a stipend would not interfere with the NCAA’s not-for-profit status. Many people believe that the NCAA should lose its not-for-profit status. The NCAA is a 501 (c) (3) organization, which means it is a charitable organization that does not pay taxes on income or assets. Former Representative Bill Thomas (R, California) has argued, “Why should the federal government subsidize the athletic activities of educational institutions when that subsidy is being used to help pay for escalating coaches’ salaries, costly chartered travel, and state of the art athletic facilities?” (Paying College Athletes par. 24). As noted in the article, “Should College Student-Athletes Be Paid,” “The highest paid public employee in 40 of the 50 US states is the state university’s head football or basketball coach” (Mitchell and Edelman par. 8). The universities, coaches, and NCAA are making large amounts of money off the athletes compared to the small amount of the...

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