10 February 2015
College Athletes Paid?
43.3 hours a week 3.3 hours more than the average American work week. That’s how many hours the Division I athlete devotes to their sport. That is basically a job. The school makes billions of dollars from these athletes from donations, ticket sales, media rights, advertising, and anything else with a price tag. But the athletes see none of that money not even money for food, rent or just spending money. The NCAA currently produces $11 billion in annual revenue from college sports, that’s more money than the estimated total league revenue for both the NBA and the NHL. College athletes should be paid because the amount of money the colleges make off the athletes and the amount of time the athletes put into their sport.
These amazing college athletes bring in a lot more tuition if they are good or their team is good. Marc Edelman from Forbes.com stated “Success in college sports is believed to improve the application rates and caliber of admitted students to certain universities”. Stated by Scoop Jackson from ESPN “The year that Boston College quarterback Doug Flutie won the Heisman trophy as the nation’s outstanding college football player, Boston College’s undergraduate admissions increased by 25 points and its average SAT score of admitted freshman skyrocketed by 10 points”. College athletes not only help bring in money they also help bring in more students to the college. So if you have an outstanding athlete than you will bring in more students cause they want to watch the athlete, and then that means your getting more money cause of all the kids with tuition. Marc Edleman also stated Forbes.com “Patrick Ewing’s performance during 1982-83 NCAA season helped generate a 47 percent increase in undergraduate applications and a forty-point rise in freshman SAT scores during the following admissions cycle at Georgetown University”. Having great athletes also bring in more smarter...
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