College athletics are becoming more and more like the professional leagues except for one big issue, money. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) makes billions every year off these student athletes. March Madness is one of the biggest money makers for the NCAA, in 2010 the NCAA signed a 14 year deal worth almost $11 billion with CBS and Turner Sports that would give them the rights to shows the games (USA Today, 2010). Football and basketball bring in the most money at universities, so why not pay the athletes? Especially when the universities, NCAA, and coaches are all getting paid. With all the revenue that football and basketball bring to a university, I believe that football and basketball players should get a share in that.
The majority of student athletes are on scholarship, so why pay them when they already go to school for free? Student athletes are in school to learn and play sports for their respective universities not to be paid to play. If they get paid it’ll be just like professional sports. Even if you do pay the students, it would be hard because of Title IX, a federally-mandated law, if conferences and schools decide to increase the value of student-athlete scholarships to cover living expenses, they have to do it for women’s programs as well. With that said it might lose money because women sports don’t make as much money as men sports. Another factor that is being overlooked is the competitive disadvantage this would pose for smaller schools. The big time conferences, the SEC, Big10, Big12, and Pac12 all have big time deals with TV channels and such so they have more revenue coming in than the smaller conferences like the MAC, and the Sun Belt. With this said it wouldn’t be fair for the smaller conferences because they have less revenue coming in which means they would have less money to pay there players. As a student athlete it would be way easier to go to a school that would give you more money, so more recruits would go to bigger conferences thus widening the gap between big conferences and small conferences.
Even with all this said don’t you think these athletes grades would drop lower? Think about it if we pay these athletes they won’t care as much about school thus focus more on football or basketball. This can be bad because since these players would be getting paid regardless why go to class. This would sound very appealing to many athletes, collecting checks and practicing while not worrying about class because in reality many of these athletes go to college to have a chance in the professionals and make millions, so by paying them now in college it would just be giving them a head start.
Being a student athlete is hard wherever you go. With practice, games, team activities, and not to mention school there is always a lot on your plate. For the most part being a student athlete especially at a Division 1 level is considered a job based on how much time is...