Should Athletes Be Paid

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Should College Athletes Be Paid
George McCray
Research and Writing
Professor Pittell
Strayer University

Corruption, scandals, suspensions, firings and a systems that is systematically flawed all the while the fact of the matter is that the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is a organization that is bringing in billions of dollars each year yet the labor force generating the money gets a scholarship that many athletes believe doesn’t pay enough for everything that is needed on campus so this leads the author to have to take a look at if athletes need to be paid. I will outline numerous problems that are going on in college athletics and possible solutions to problems. I will take a look at the scholarship itself to determine if that is sufficient enough for campus life. The bottom line is from the outside looking in is that there is a lot money going into the hands of administrators and coach’s with none going into the people shedding the blood sweat and tears. It would seem that the system in place at times, wants to make the student athlete stand around with their hands out accepting all and any money that they can find from an outside source, which is in violation of NCAA bylaws concerning amateur sports. The NCAA is an association of 1,281 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. It is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. They are the watchdogs over big time college sports. So at the backing of Mark Emmert, the president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), a series of improvements were pushed through after he took office. His improvements called for slightly higher academic standards for college athletes, a full scare review of the NCAA’s fat rule book and a new provision giving universities the option of offering four year scholarship. Current one year scholarships are renewable at the discretion of the coaches, who can effectively cut injured or underperforming players. That sounds like the real world with a real job where if you do not perform your job fully, you will be fired. The changes Emmert placed in effect amounted to nibbling around the top of the cake but not getting into the center of the cake where the problems lie. This system allows for scandalous behavior from the outside world such as being involved with a so-called booster which we will call problem number one. The system now is that since student athletes receive a full scholarship they are not entitled to receive any improper benefits. Some of the rules of the NCAA are way off base like giving an athlete a cheeseburger could lead to suspension as him accepting an improper benefit if it is found out that I am a booster or friend of the student-athlete. The coach can receive all the benefits he desire as can the school itself. That is another problem that needs to be addressed. This type of situation is what set back the University of Michigan with the Ed Martin scandal. Martin was a local Detroit businessman who gave money and items to poor and local kids that excelled in sports. Once he gave those items to some of those same kids, who turned out to be the Fab Five,(Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King, Ray Jackson) when they went to Michigan it violated the NCAA’s bylaws.

Another of the changes Emmert set up was allowing Division I schools to pay their athletes a $2000 stipend. When asked was this a form of payment Emmert replied that “If we move toward a pay-for-play model- if we were to convert our student-athletes to be employees of the university – that would be the death of college athletics” They would be subcontractors. Right now they are unpaid subcontractors. They sign with the school, when they sign their letter of intent, like a contractor would for starting up doing business with you. The student-athletics does things to benefit the university as does...
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