College Athletes Financial Compensation

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The purpose of this research paper is to persuade a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) panel, to include its president Mr. Mark Emmert to modify the current NCAA amateurism by law 12.02.1 making it feasible for college athletes to receive financial compensation. The primary issue with the current regulation is that because of the rule many student athletes are living in poverty like conditions. The current by law is also affecting various aspects of domestic and International students ability to continue to meet eligibility requirements. In the past ten years college athletics as a whole has grown exponentially and it’s clearly evident by the revenues the NCAA and it’s schools are generating. These additional revenues now make it feasible to compensate players at an acceptable level. There is no need for college players to continue to live in poverty like financial situations, which are also a cause for their intentions of leaving school early to seek financial security. Scholarly research, along with surveys and various news article s were used to compile evidence of the issues with the NCAA’s amateurism by laws utilized to determine an athlete’s eligibility. The rogerian approach suited this topic well, because it was vital to examine the affects of both the current by law, as well as the proposed modification to it, and the affects it could have on both the NCAA and the student athletes. If changes to the current by law are not brokered, student athletes will continue have issues with eligibility, as well as continuing to suffer from impoverished financial situations.

The question regarding whether or not college athletes should have the ability to receive financial compensation is one that has been an ongoing over the past decade. It is imperative that the president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Mr. Mark Emmert, reexamines this topic. Though the debate regarding the financial compensation of student athletes has continued, college athletics in that span of time has grown into a mainstream sport within the United States. There are many individuals who adamantly oppose the additional compensation of college athletes, such as yourself, and understandably so. There is also a large group of people who feel it is only just to ensure our college athletes receive adequate compensation for what they are providing, not only to their respective schools, but also to college athletics as a whole. The NCAA instituted the NCAA Bylaw 12.02.1 which states “student athletes must remain armatures in an intercollegiate sport and their participations should be primarily motivated by education and by physical, mental, and social benefits to be derived” (GoZags.com). It is clear that as the NCAA as an organization emphasizes the preservation of amateurism in order to keep college athletics from becoming just another professional sport. When analyzing this debate from a moral aspect, it is clear that the NCAA does provide an opportunity for many young adults that would otherwise not be afforded to them due to many of their upbringings within homes that have financial difficulties. The NCAA and its institutions of higher learning have provided a means for many underprivileged young adults to receive not only top level educations at their institutions but an avenue to expand their horizons. When we look at what is provided to these student athletes it’s clear that an education and personnel growth are at the top of this list. There are varying points of views regarding the aspects of college athletes and what is considered compensation, it is clear that some level of compensation is provided, even if that is solely the opportunity to itself. As per the NCAA and the data it collected back in “2003-2004, there were over 138,000 division one and division two scholarships furnished with an average value of $10,400 per scholarship, per year” (New York Times). When adding those numbers,...
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