Paying College Athletes
Every single year, thousands of student athletes across the United States sign the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Form 08-3a, the “Student Athlete” form, which defers their right to receive payment for the use of their name and image (McCann). This form categorizes student athletes as amateurs who are not allowed to earn any sort of payment for playing their sports. Student athletes cannot ever earn one single penny from their college athletic careers, yet their schools and coaches earn millions of dollars in salaries and endorsements, and are known to be the highest-paid public employees in many states. Realistically, everyone has a right except for the players, as they seem to be the only ones not rewarded. Football has always been a passion of mine ever since I was a small child. It was the one and only sport that I stuck with throughout my life until college. I have a deep interest in sports and football specifically, and it has been a big part of my life, which is why this topic interests me. The very first athletic competition between universities of the U.S. was in 1852. Harvard and Yale students competed in a rowing match located on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. The race was sponsored and paid for by a railroad that wished to expand in the area (“Harvard”). Sports history experts say that the idea of college sports being created for the love and passion of the game isn’t so true according to history. Kent State’s Mahony, an expert in sports history and management, says, “The NCAA didn’t come around until 1905 and didn’t start penalizing anybody until the 1950s; college sports was largely unregulated until then.” The NCAA then tried to create a “Sanity Code” in 1948, limiting aid to athletic scholarships based on need, but it failed when numerous schools refused to follow it (qtd. in Karaim). After a “point-shaving” scandal, meaning the games had been fixed, hit the University of Kentucky, the...
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