“Show me the money!”
The NCAA began with very honest intentions and many people believe. According to the NCAA official webpage, it's core purpose is "To govern competition in a fair, safe, equitable, and sportsmanlike manner, and to integrate intercollegiate athletics into higher education so that the educational experience of the student athlete is paramount". Many have questioned whether it is wise to compensate collegiate athletes with scholarships, due to questions about the validity of their awards and speculation over athletes receiving improper benefits. The argument against paying players is that they receive scholarships, often valued at tens of thousands of dollars, plus stipends, which are more than their free market value is worth. Or that paying certain players would take away most schools' abilities to compete with universities that may have greater funds to propel their programs into elite programs. When the truth of the matter is actually the opposite, the majority of colligate athletes are not on “full rides” nor or are they even close to a full ride. Contrary to the stereotypes of playing college football, interviews on media days this year, paint a much bleaker picture in the life as a player when you don’t accept illicit benefits or have a family that can send extra money when the stipend runs out. According to the NCAA, there are over half a million-student athletes in the NCAA with the average scholarship being around 11,000 dollars. If schools were to stop providing athletic scholarships, not only would schools across the country lose millions in revenue and the base for professional sports would completely lost, leaving the thousands of athletes relying on said scholarships would be left with nothing but a bill. The work that goes behind attaining an athletic scholarship cannot be measured in dollars. Many of these athletes work throughout their entire youth in hopes of one day competing at the next level. This is labor that...
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