Dan Hinspeter Jennifer Lewis English 161 March 28, 2013 College athletes and their allowance. Where is it? From the first beep of the alarm clock to the last click of the light at night, a college athlete is constantly busy. Between practices, classes, weight lifting, classes again, followed by another practice, and studying all being a normal day, college athletes have a lot on their plate. Not to mention the games or meets every week and the traveling to and from events that is added to their schedule during season, time can quickly run out in a single day.
Knowing that this is going to happen, college athletes still sacrifice everything to live those four years of craziness simple because they love the sport they play and find it worth it. Only problem that lies with playing sports is, even though all of the hassles its still college on top of it all. With the pressures of good grades, learning, and completing an education, these are also tied into the equation for an athlete if they choose to continue and participate in sports following high school.
On the other side, certain perks also come along with participating in sports, such as financial support, housing, free tutoring, and free transportation to and from sporting events. To a person that isn’t participating would see this as very manageable and is enough support given for what colleges ask student athletes to fulfill. The same college athletes that have to deal with that on a daily bases also have to be able to live a personal life outside of all that.
What other college students can definitely attest to is a personal life requires additional expenses that aren’t correlated with the education also being paid for along with the room and board cost that are coupled in the price for college. For instance, clothes, food, supplies, personal travel, haircuts, tolls, or cell phone bill to name a few are all things needed out of college, of course some more than others. Money out of pocket for personal use supplies college athletes with another problem.
With their days already barely having enough hours in it when are they supposed to add in the stresses and pressures of a job? Oklahoma running back Roy Finch said in an interview “but it’s not that simple. These athletes are practicing one half of the day and going to school the second half; there’s really no extra time for use to hold a job. ”(Enno) With athletes having no significant source of income to survive, that is why I think college full-time student athletes should get paid. Whether in the news or on a ESPN the most common news that is broadcasted isn’t what you would usually think.
Instead of hearing a college player breaking some sort of record or making a game winning shot, the most common news is the trouble and scandals that college athletes are a part of. Out of most of those horrible news stories they all have to deal with a college athlete and money. In some occasion it’s not always just college athletes getting in trouble, but some stories are from professional athletes that are just then getting caught for the things they did for money when they themselves were in Collegant sports.
The professional running back of the Miami Dolphins is a leading example of a student athlete who was penalized for looking out for his self while participation in college football. He accepted money along with other personal items to help get him through school and have his family taken care of at the same time. After winning the highest achievement in college sport for football (the Heisman) Reggie Bush got his trophy confiscated many years later even though he was in the NFL.
This happens more often than none not just in football but other sports like baseball of basketball, which are unarguably the most popular sports in colleges today. The need for money and the situation the athletes are put in financially is what allows reoccurring troubles with college athletes. On occasions not only the athletes are punished in some case, whole sport programs can get fined or even banned from participating. The National College Athletic Association (NCAA) defines this as the death penalty “a program-crippling blow that keeps a team off the field while banning recruiting and scholarship awards. (NCAA) A rising problem that has been evolving in the programs of college sports is athletes typically from more popular schools sell their jerseys or equipment as memorabilia so earn a couple few bucks here and there. Only problem with selling that stuff is it doesn’t belong to the college athlete it belongs to the school, so for repercussions to these actions colleges have no other choice but to punish the athletes due to certain NCAA rules. Travis Waldron from thinkprocess. org says “Athletic departments spent three to six times more per athlete than colleges and universities spend educating the average individual student. Travis’s argument has a point, but by paying more for college athletes how else do you think equipment and uniforms will be bought, or paying for buses to go to a game? I think Travis Waldron is mistaken because he over looked the fact that average college student doesn’t require a new helmet or a pair of track spike, in which case of course these programs pay more on college athletes,, but only in the sense that the school is only supplying their athletes with the things necessary to have a greater chance of success.
In the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), they stated “athletic departments spent roughly $92,000 per athlete in 2010, compared to less than $14,000 per full-time student. And the gap between the amount spent on each athlete and the amount spent on each student has grown substantially in the last five years. ”(Waldron) This makes sense do to the fact that the number of student athletes in the NCAA have been also increasing over the past years.
In fact Gary Brown from the NCAA’s Sports Sponsorship and Participation celebrates by saying “the Participation levels for both male and female Student-athletes were the highest in NCAA history, with total at 453,347 student-athletes participating in sports affiliated by the NCAA. ”(Brown) One thing that could be agreed is that that the scholarships colleges and universities give to their athletes undoubtedly help them be able to not only go to college but to stay in college as well.
What many people don’t realize is Only about 2 percent of high school athletes earn sports scholarships every year from the NCAA colleges and universities. For those who are fortunate enough to get one, the average scholarship is less than $11,000 a year. ( O’Shaughnessy) That price compared to the time and effort given by college athletes is nothing “According to a NCAA survey last year, playing football required 43. 3 hours per week; college baseball, 42. 1 hours; men’s basketball, 39. 2 hours; and women’s basketball, 37. 6 hours. ”( O’Shaughnessy) What this says is that for lets say 37. hours a week times 32 weeks of college that’s at least 1203 hour a school a year just dedicated to that sport ,that’s not even mentioning the extra things not counted like weightlifting, games, or rehab throughout the season, or the extra summer practices that are mandatory by coaches. So for all that time they are only earning $11,000, plus that money isn’t personal money it is money paid directly back to the school for the education. If there was a certain system that would manage the hours an athlete is playing and the objects done then paying them would become even easier.
When asked what a possible system to pay players, AJ Enno simple said “answer to that problem would be to pay them based on performance. If students knew they were getting a paycheck based on how hard they were working, I guarantee that they would get into less money-related trouble. ”(Enno) If you think about it, that would be a very simple way. Many companies outside of sports us that type of work in order to determine how much to pay a worker, few examples are car dealers or door to door salesmen.
The more product and merchandise sold then the more money received. Not only would paying the players by their performances take away the unfair portion between players, but stats and effort would sky rocket in part to players trying to earn their money. Before even thinking of doing any of this one large argument is presented, which is; in order to pay college where would the money come from? For the years of 2011-12, the most recent year NCAA revenue was $871. 6 million¬¬¬, not to mention the ticket sales. Numbers that aren’t added into account is the $10. contract between the NCAA and CBS/Turner Sports for March Madness between 2011 and 2024. These numbers are huge and more over the college athletes that play in the March Madness tournament don’t see a dime inn there pocket . Michel Wilbon exposes this topic when he says “We’re talking $11 billion, or 10. 8 to be exact for three weekends of television per year, just for one sport between a variety of different colleges and universities. ” However on top of that gigantic amount of money, the NCAA also created a new four-year deal with ESPN that pays the BCS $500 million.
With just those two deals that are worth $11. 3 billion there has to be some amount of that money that could be given back to the players that without them wouldn’t exist. To look at it in a simplar way, if a billion dollars were taken off the top of that and divided up amoungest all the athletes in the NCAA both male and female it would be enough to pay the athletes. One billion divided by 453,347 which is equal to the total number of NCAA athletes that gives every student athlete $2,205, which is $2,205 more than what any of them see now.
Duke’s basketball players are worth around $1 million each, making tons of money for not only the NCAA, but for their school as well. However, not one of them receives anything near that amount. A full ride scholarship for room and board and tuition plus meals is $21,000 for Duke University, and all of the basketball players receive that. So basically the total value of one player on the team is enough to pay for the rest of the teams scholarships.
People who don’t agree with paying college athletes usually say the same thing, along the lines of “their getting a free education” well this being true many scholarships run short and don’t cover all of the expenses. A study done by the National College Players Association made a finding saying “The average scholarship shortfall (out-of-pocket expenses) for each “full” scholarship athlete was approximately $3222 per player during the 2010-11 school year” they go on to say that Duke basketabll players, although worth one million dollar, still live $732 below the national poverty line.