Madness In The Air Essay

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“Johnny Football” is the latest collegiate athlete to rekindle the fiery debate of paying college stars. The overwhelming majority of students do not get the luxury of having a top university willing to pay for their tuition. Many think, for the elite, the institutions need to go a step further and pay these amateurs based on their performance. Others suggest that the NCAA should have equal pay for all student-athletes. Opening athletes for sponsorship from non-college affiliated businesses is the judicial method of compensating athletes.
The demand placed on any college athlete is staggering. There is a commitment to the sport and the dozens of hours of practice including travel to ...view middle of the document...

A gross inequality happens when one person has to do more work for the same meager wages. Why should it be, a mediocre hockey player be paid the same as an elite basketball ball player? Especially, after considering hockey does not earn an equal amount of revenue for the school. Richly endowed schools like Stanford or Texas A&M would be able to buy the top talent in the country and essentially buy championships. Schools like Wisconsin would need more than just one Russell Wilson to make it to the Rose Bowl.
The Johnny Manziel incident is the latest scandal to incite rage at the water cooler. All because he signed his name on some footballs and, allegedly received compensation. And why not? The athlete is sacrificing their body. Every time Russ Smith laces up his high-tops for Louisville, he puts his ankles on the chopping block, and his future NBA career is at risk. In order to remain fair to everyone the NCAA needs to adopt a sponsorship model. “If a gold-medalist like Apolo Ohno wins mainstream appeal, he's free to cash in on his...

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