Monetization of College Athletes: Pro Versus Amateur. Student Versus Employee.

Monetization of College Athletes: Pro versus Amateur. Student versus Employee.
Should college athletes be paid? Yes, but not in a way that it monetizes the sport. Monetization is the singular element that will ruin college athletics and the NCAA realizes that but goes about stopping it in an entirely incorrect way. The NCAA attempts to completely shut down any money that may come into the hands of the athletes but this creates extremely difficult living conditions for some. Becoming less stringent in the regulations set forth will create an environment that will support athletes financially which relaxes the overall tension between the players and the organization in addition to letting them focus more on school and athletics than having to worry about financial status.
Proposing complete monetization of the sport is wrong, this turns amateur athletics into something professional and would turn high school athletics into something reminiscent of current college athletics. This is not the solution. The solution is to offer athletes contracts to go to school, full ride scholarships and every bit of their living expenses and anything else they need paid for. These are four year contracts that cannot be revoked without going before a serious review process if the player was not participating or stopped playing the sport. Paying for all athletes who bring money into the school (football, basketball) would help them focus on their athletics without worrying about bills. Next, all athletes receive full health care in college and any injuries sustained during college are paid for in full. The final and most important part, is the retention of academic scholarships and grants given by the school. Government given money is handed back however any additional academic scholarships are retained in full. For example, a basketball player at USC is given a full ride scholarship (including housing and meals) and is also a stellar student who receives $28,000 a year to go to...