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 …show more content…
This vote was followed by a National Labor Relations Board ruling that, because of the demands of practicing 40-50 hours per week, the players were employees of the school (Wolken). This ruling only applies to private schools, but results may not be known for as long as months because the actual university itself has appealed the ruling to the NLRB. If the players win the case and form a union, they will be allowed to bargain from earnings and they will have workplace