Attention Step: How many people have heard of the argument that students should be paid for playing sports in college? -So most people have.
I appreciate sports, I played soccer extremely competitively, before I got burnt out and quit, so I have a huge amount of respect for the people who are able to stick with it and continue playing through college.
But I think that the whole argument about them being paid needs to be looked at from a broader perspective.
There are elements of this argument that do make sense right now there are three lawsuits going on.
-One regards health insurance being covered for the athletes. Under N.C.A.A. rules, athletes are usually responsible for long-term health care for injuries sustained on the playing field. -New video games like Madden NFL 12 or NCAA Football 12 are now using the actual likenesses of real athletes. So athletes want to be paid for that.
-And also because their lives are dominated by the sport they play. Most of them don’t have time to get a job. Therefore, they have no money to pay for food. So they also want there food paid for.
It makes perfect sense to pay the athletes when put in that context. But should athletes get paid for actually being athletes? The argument that they should is based on two fundamental premises:
1- the NCAA, continues to make about a billion dollars a year, coaches get paid, referees get paid, everyone seems to get paid other than the actual players.
2- its very difficult for a student athlete to be a student because their lives are dominated by athletics, the coaches are incentivized to win, practicing 43 hours a week, which is about 6 hours a day, and the university is using the athletes tools to make huge amounts of money. So athletes argue they should be paid for that.
But the reality is that this whole conversation should be centered on education, educating the student athlete. Not paying the student athlete.
-Only 1.7% of college football...
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