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Ncaa Madness Essay

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Should student athletes get compensated for playing sports at the collegiate level? Or is the funding the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) provides through programs that directly support the educational, financial, and health and safety needs of student athletes enough? Peter Ohr of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently stated, “Northwestern University Football players often work many more hours than the players spend on their studies, effectively making them athletes first and students second”. Furthermore, the NLRB granted Northwester University football players the right to unionize in March of 2014. Although this is a breakthrough regarding the controversial ...view middle of the document...

In addition to most collegiate sport programs not being profitable, another reason why I believe college athletes shouldn’t get paid is simply because they are receiving scholarships to pay for their education. Athletes receive full ride scholarships to some of the country’s finest public and private universities and the ability to achieve a level of education that otherwise cannot be completed without scholarships. In fact, “the average value of a full scholarship at an in-state, public school is $15,000 a year. For an out-of-state public school, the average value is $25,000 a year. Full scholarships at private schools average $35,000 a year” (Behind the Blue Desk, NCAA, 2014). In addition to that, athletes also receive medical care, elite training opportunities, and national exposure. Moreover, I believe Louanna Simon and Nathan Hatch summed it up perfectly when they said, “Paying students athletes could potentially send the wrong message to society that getting paid is the only reason to play a sport in college, as opposed to getting an education that will provide a lifetime of benefits” (Wall Street Journal, 2014).
The third reason why I believe college athletes shouldn’t get paid is that widespread inequality would arise amongst students who play for different sports, conferences, and teams. For example, Johnny “Football” Manziel arguably one of the greatest college football players in the past decade wouldn’t get paid the same amount as LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberg, he’d receive a substantially larger amount. Moreover, incentives lead universities to hire workers up to the point where the marginal revenue product is equal to the wage rate, since it is not efficient for a firm to pay its workers more than it will earn in revenues from their labor. Since Texas A&M receives more value and revenue from Manziel he would earn a greater wage than Mettenberg. Also, according to an NCAA study, only two college sports were reported as being profitable, football and men’s basketball (Lee, 2010). So do universities only pay athletes who participate in only those two types of sports? It would be unfair and immoral to pay football and men’s basketball players because they participate in a sport that generates millions of dollars in revenue, but not pay the thousands of student athletes competing for their schools in other sports.
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