Today there are over 450,000 college athletes and the National College Athletics Association (NCAA) faces a difficult decision on whether or not college athletes should be paid. Many people believe that they should and many believe they should not. There are several benefits that college’s athletes receive for being a student athlete. Why should they receive even more benefits than their scholarship and numerous perks?
Today, most college athletes receive a scholarship to pay for a portion or sometimes all of one’s college tuition. So, what does a scholarship cover? According to an article written by Tyson Hartnett, “A $25,000 scholarship covers the basics, university fees, tuition, housing, a meal-plan and textbooks.” But most scholarships given to college athletes are not full rides. According to US News, in 2010, the average scholarship given to a college athlete was worth $10,400. Even with this amount, many college athletes are not granted a scholarship and have to pay for college themselves.
Yes, college athletes with scholarship money are still in need of money to have in their pockets: they need personal money for gas, food, clothing, and other things that a college student may need. Paying these athletes may lessen the stress they have dealing with a job during the off-season. Unlike a student going to college with an academic scholarship, a college athlete on an athletic scholarship does not have the time for a job with workouts, classes, practice, and study time that is required. But if you compare a student athlete to just a regular student, the athlete still receives many benefits. Several of the Division I college athletes are always being looked at by their respective professional leagues. There are not recruiters that are consistently watching non-student athletes while they are studying for their profession, so why should student-athletes receive even more benefits then a non-student athlete?
Many of these benefits that college athletes receive are not included in their scholarship. Forbes.com recently stated in an article that, “at more successful universities, athletes also receive academic counseling, tutoring, life skill training, and even nutritional advice.” Athletes that have these benefits do not pay for these.
One may think that the athlete itself is actually paid with what the athlete is rewarded within the end. The academic counseling and tutoring directly affects a student athletes’ grades, with better grades come better job opportunities, if the athlete does not go professional. If the athlete does decide to pursue a professional career, they will also receive free professional coaching, strength and fitness training, and support from athletic trainers and physical therapists” while training for a pro-day or combine. This again proves that athletes do not deserve more pay.
The NCAA produces $6 billion every year from, selling tickets, university apparel, luxury suits and boxes, and television...