Paying College Athletes

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Eli Roberts Mason English 110/4 08 January 2015 Paying College Athletes College football and basketball are two sports that Americans have grown up with and obsessed over. In today’s sports news, a very active debate is taking place on whether college athletes should be paid. Even though the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) makes billions of dollars a year off of student-athletes from Division One football and basketball, scholarships still do not pay for the full cost of college and living expenses, making it hard on some athletes to sustain a healthy lifestyle. As the NCAA significantly benefits financially from Division One mens football and basketball, the players continue to receive no direct payment for their services to the school. As a result, law suits are pending to resolve the issue on the payment of college athletes. If college athletes were to be directly paid in cash, the competition between schools would be diminished, and Division One athletics as a whole would crumble, however student-athletes deserve some sort of non-monetary compensation for their efforts in addition to their education. The current NCAA rules prohibit college basketball and football players from being paid for the use of their names, images, and likenesses. While the players receive no payment, the NCAA generates billions of dollars annually from television contracts, ticket sales, and video games. Expert Reed Karaim states that the most recent TV contract for the right to show the NCAA March Madness Basketball Tournament was $10.8 billion over 14 years, and the

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Southeastern Conference (SEC) alone received nearly $52 million last season in bowl game payouts (2). While the NCAA receives most of the financial benefits from these sports, the individual athletes who dedicate countless hours practicing do not receive any direct financial compensation for their efforts. However, the top Division One coaches along with the NCAA staff get paid...