A running back slips through the line, breaks a couple tackles, and scampers down the sideline for a large gain. The point guard pulls up for a deep jump shot over his defender and nails it as the shot clock expires. Both of these descriptions can be used to describe either a college athlete or professional athlete. Both are participating in a sporting event in which fans will pack into the stadium or arena. Money is flowing into both the college and professional organization. This is where the similarities end.
In the professional leagues such as the NBA or NFL, athletes make millions of dollars off of lucrative contracts and an abundance of endorsements. They can make as much money as they possibly can. In college, the athletes are limited to what kind of scholarship the college they are attending provides them and whatever money they have saved.
It may not appear like this is not a serious problem. However, there is the one glaring difference between these two sides. While professional athletes are paid to play and can make bundles of money, college athletes are not allowed to receive money or other benefits of any kind even if they acquire this money in a legal and correct fashion. This has been the rule for ages, but many people are starting to challenge the rule.
There are people who believe that college athletes should not be able to receive benefits of any kind, including money. On the other side, there are people who believe that the college athletes should be able to make money and support themselves. The people who are the side which believes the should not make money usually point out the fact that they are in college and should be more focused on their studies. The other side provides many valid points to help their argument, such as the athletes not having time to acquire a real job and the fact that coaches in college make and abundance of money. I believe college student-athletes should be able to make money and receive benefits because any normal college student can make money in any way possible and receive benefits from anyone who is willing to give it to them.
Douglas S. Looney, a senior writer for Sports Illustrated who has also had his writing in Sporting News, brings up that “students can make money however they can, whenever they” (1). This brings to surface a critical point in the argument. Looney broadens on this topic by stating “anybody who wants can give money to regular students, buy them meals, purchase plane tickets for them, give them cars...for athletes to receive the same treatment is a slam dunk NCAA violation”(1). To me this terribly unfair. Other students can make as much money as they want in any way they can muster. However, if an athlete receives even one free meal from someone such as the coach or a booster from the college, strict penalties can be thrown down on the athlete and the school they attend. Former University of Miami tight end Randy Bethel is quoted in Alexander Wolff’s Sport...