All Work with No Pay
November 23, 2015
All Work with No Pay
There has been constant controversy on whether college athletes should be paid to play or not. In my opinion, I believe that student-athletes deserve compensation for their hard work. Athletics bring in a substantial amount of revenue for universities annually. With billions of dollars generated repeatedly, I believe that it is not unjust for athletes to receive even just a minimal amount to compensate for their output.
In this essay, you will see that I’ve cited three separate sources, all in favor of paying college athletes to play, and one contrary to the thought of paying college athletes. They all have similarities in their reasoning for believing so. In these articles they have written about the breakdown of economics and financial income, the time and effort that our bodies expend, the level of greater demand and more.
Through all of the research, I am a firm believer that is only the adequate thing to do in paying college athletes to play, even if it is in a modicum fashion. As we bleed, sweat and cry in attempting to reach for our furthest level of competitive excellence, it’s only fair to pay a hardworking employee for their actions.
Mitchell, Horace, and Marc Edelman. “Should College Student-Athletes Be Paid?.” U.S. News Digital Weekly 5.52 (2013): 17. Academic Search Premier. Web. 22 Nov. 2015.
As a college athlete, it may seem biased that I agree that college athletes should be paid. After looking over and considering the facts, “Should College Athletes Be Paid” by Horace Mitchell, raises the criteria to generate a compelling argument in whether college athletes should or should not be paid. In this periodical, Horace Mitchell states the fact that
“The college sports industry generates $11 billion in annual revenues. Fifty colleges report annual revenues that exceed $50 million. Meanwhile, five colleges report annual revenues that exceed $100 million. These revenues come from numerous sources, including ticket sales, sponsorship rights, and the sale of broadcast rights. The National Collegiate Athletic Association recently sold broadcast rights to its annual men’s basketball tournament for upwards of $770 million per season. And the Big Ten Conference has launched its own television network that sells air time to sponsors during the broadcast of its football and men’s basketball games.”
Although some may argue that an athletic scholarship is payment to an athlete that has no relation to outside of school activities, such as meals, traveling expenses to visit home, and many other possible expenses that we have as student athletes. Athletic programs generate a valuable amount of revenue to its university, and as the asset that generates such a significant portion of the revenue that a school annually generates, I agree that athletes should receive a gratuity portion to appreciate the hard work and dedication they input in their daily lives.
Mitchell, Horace, and Marc Edelman. “Should College Student-Athletes Be Paid?.” U.S. News Digital Weekly 5.52 (2013): 17. Academic Search Premier. Web. 9 Dec. 2015.
As much evidence that college athletes should be paid, there are also ideas and thoughts that are contrary to that belief. In this article I’ve previously used, Horace Mitchell, current president of California State University, writes briefly why he is also not in favor of paying college athletes. In his debate of the pros and cons of paying college athletes, he stated
“Students are not professional athletes who are paid salaries and incentives for a career in sports. They are students receiving access to a college education through their participation in sports, for which they earn scholarships to pay tuition, fees, room and board, and other allowable expenses. Collegiate sports is not a career or profession. It is the students’ vehicle to a higher education degree. This access is contingent upon continued enrollment, participation in the sport for which they received the scholarship, and academic eligibility. The NCAA Student Assistance Fund can be used to help those student-athletes who have unusual needs in excess of the usual cost of attendance. A high percentage of student-athletes graduate without the burden of student loans, which most other students accumulate.”
While athletes debate the fact that they are not able to afford the cost of living outside of school, without a scholarship that covers everything, attending school whilst paying for your education would be next to impossible.
COOPER, KENNETH J. “Should College Athletes Be Paid To Play?.” Diverse: Issues In Higher Education 28.10 (2011): 12-13. Academic Search Premier. Web. 22 Nov. 2015.
Through an average course of a day for an athlete, the level of physical demand is extensively greater for an athlete compared to an average student. Not only must we attend our classes, but also participate in long, agonizing hours of physical labor in practice. Along with our classwork and extra studying we do to maintain sufficient grades to remain eligible for participating in extracurricular activities, we must also study our competition, such as scouting reports, opposing teams plays, etc. In this writing, a Michigan State law Professor Robert McCormick mentions that,
“There are more demands put on these young men than any employee of the university. These young men are laboring under very strict and arduous conditions, so they really are laborers in terms of the physical demands on them while they’re also trying to go to school and being required to go to school.”
As a student-athlete, we commonly here the cliché phrase, “You are a Student Athlete, student first, athlete second.” Due to the level of demand from both the classroom and our athletic teams, it is difficult to differentiate the level of importance in which where priority becomes apparent. Being a collegiate athlete is more than just an opportunity to further your athletic career while receiving an education, but emphasized as more of an occupation due to the stress and requirements that are needed to be fulfilled such as that of a regular job.
“Should NCAA Athletes Be Paid?” US News. U.S.News & World Report. Web. 23 Nov. 2015.
As an athlete, we all understand the unwritten rule that winning is everything. We all aspire to achieve greatness by being the absolute best, ranked number one, the team to beat and so on and so forth. There’s no greater feeling as athlete than being crowned as the champion, winning a championship ring, cutting down the nets in a celebratory action, and many other winning traditions. As we rejoice for being the best, we fail to recognize anything else in the moment but the level of greatness in which we have achieved. Outside of that feeling of immortality, if we look at the financial aspects, the numbers are quite astonishing. In this article, it displays one of the world’s most popular sporting events known as “March Madness”. It states,
“The NCAA basketball tournaments, or “March Madness,” have become a huge business. As Forbes’ Chris Smith wrote, CBS and Turner Broadcasting make more than $1 billion off the games, “thanks in part to a $700,000 ad rate for a 30-second spot during the Final Four.” Athletic conferences receive millions of dollars in payouts from the NCAA when their teams advance deep into the tournament. Ditto for the coaches of the final squads standing. The NCAA, as a whole, makes $6 billion annually.”
As these universities gain so much money from national events such as March Madness, I do not believe that it is immoral to receive any compensation for the level of excellence that athletes compete at. As businesses take care of employees with salaries and wages, is it wrong to ask for any form of compensation for the energy and effort we expend?