Kyon Clark

Professor Ramos

English 1A

10 May 2017

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            The number one characteristic a speaker must have when speaking is credibility, and I say this because how are you going to believe anything there saying if they have never been through it? Well I have been playing for about 11 years and with that being said I do not think I am anything short of credible by being able to speak up on anything that has to do with this sport I so happen to cherish and love. Well my topic today is not just about football, it is about athletes in general. Let me get a little more specific, college athletes to be exact. It is only obvious that college athletes work extremely hard no matter what level the topic of discussion is about. Whether it is Division 1, Division 2, Division 3, NAIA, or even junior college: it is nothing short of difficult being able to manage school and prepare for your respected season. With that being said, what if I told you I strongly believe that student collegiate athletes at each level should receive an annual salary just as the pro athletes do. Now I am not saying pay a 19-year-old quarterback money like he is Kobe Bryant, but if that 19-year-old quarterback is generating millions and millions of dollars in revenue and television ratings, then the least he can do is get a cut of his on work. On top of that the NCAA itself is a billion-dollar business so where does the money go anyway? There are many reasons why college athletes should get paid and I got the research to prove it. I also know ways we can actually get this money to our athletes and make the business and even better the whole organization.

            One statistic that really stood out to me more than the others was that according to a frequent website I use called www.forbes.com/sites/marcedelman, “The typical Division I college football player devotes 43.3 hours per week to his sport — 3.3 more hours than the typical American work week.” With this being said the average student athlete devotes that many hours to their sport and classwork, with not one pay check? If you ask me that is high way robbery, no human being should be working that hard with at least getting a minimum wage check. A way we can fix this since I bet at the end of the week the athlete is exhausted, we can calculate the same as an average American makes at a typical job, and just give them a check based off that coming straight from the school itself. Things like this have to start being noticed or us athletes will start to feel unappreciated,

            Another statistic I came across of was, At some schools, the road to the NCAA men’s basketball championship may require student-athletes to miss up to a quarter of all class days during their Spring semester. This is simply students on the road doing what they love, trying to entertain us on television yet they can’t even get their school work done because there on the world touring like some kind of band or group. When all in all these are student athlete who deserve to be cheated fairly and paid.

            I came across this website that kind of made me sad and not in a bad way, but just showed me maybe there is possibility of student athletes being paid. The website www. papers.ssrn.com/sol/papers.cfm stated The National Collegiate Athletic Association (“NCAA”) oversees nearly every aspect of the $11 billion college sports industry. Its powers include scheduling championship events, determining eligibility rules, entering into commercial contracts, and punishing members that refuse to follow its authority. In recent years, some NCAA members have become increasingly wealthy – grossing annual revenues upwards of $100 million per year. However, the NCAA’s rules still deprive these members of the opportunity to share their wealth with student-athletes.  If the NCAA currently produces nearly $11 Billion in annual revenue from college sports, that means it is more than the estimated total league revenues of both the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League alone! And you are telling me not one athlete is receiving a pay check, you got be kidding. If you cannot get at least a couple salaries out of $11 billion dollars then they just aren’t trying,

            If you don’t know a little bit about college let me break it down to you. The history of college football is connected by a continuum of dynasties that rise, topple over by the hand of a stronger replacement or crumble under the weight of their own greatness, then start the climb all over again. This constant clash between the royals and their potential usurpers is woven into the appeal of the sport, an unwritten tradition that sets the stage for each new season and championship still to be claimed. For example, you have in the NFL the New England Patriots, then there’s Alabama in the NCAA perhaps the most decorated, power house ever known to man in collegiate level football. Well let me tell you something about Alabama, according http://www.complex.com/sports to this year, the University of Alabama reported $143.3 Million in athletic revenues — more than all 30 NHL teams and 25 of the 30 NBA teams. That is just insane that a team full of 18-21-year-old young man is generating more money than an entire league of NHL hockey teams. What is different about Alabama is that they take matter into their own hands and they accept money under the table. The problem with that is it considered illegal in the NCAA and you can lose all rights to your respected school if you do so. So it is kind of like a double edge sword when you ask me either take the money and continue to play, or stay broke and work for free.

            What that you said? Last year, the average salary for a BCS eligible football coach was $2.05 million. Is that what I heard? Yes, you heard right even the collegiate coaches get paid millions of dollars and for what? Us athletes are the ones putting our bodies on the line going to “war’ with our brothers on the field. A solution I came up with is that money can easily be distributed between the coaches and the players, there are plenty of ways to split up $2.5 million dollars. Matter a fact according to http://www.therichest.com/celebnetworth/athletes, American football coach, Nicholas “Nick” Saban has an estimated net worth of $30 million. He is the head coach of the University of Alabama’s Crimson Tide football team, who I talked about in the previous paragraph. Saban served as head coach of the National Football League’s Miami Dolphins and three other NCAA universities: LSU, Michigan State and Toledo: so he had a little versatility throughout his lifetime, however his earnings at Alabama can still match up to any point he was at in his career. He appeared on the September 1, 2008 cover of Forbes magazine as “The Most Powerful Coach in Sports”.

            A solution is needed and I am doing all I can to help find it, www.nytimes.com/2016 states On the other side of the divide are those who believe that a college scholarship is pay enough — though in truth, most of those taking this position are athletic directors and coaches. So if all the money is going to the coaches then what is left for the players? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news says Paying athletes salaries as university employees is impractical, given the complex set of ancillary issues that option raises. However, allowing college athletes to receive money from outside the athletic department is much more straightforward. I totally agree if the NCAA removes all these rules from are players and let us live in a free world then there wouldn’t be under the table mishaps and everyone will be happy at the end of the day. Recently just the other day Coach Harbaugh’s multi-million-dollar deal is just more proof that college sports are big business. It is another reason why college athletes, particularly college football players and basketball players, should be getting paid. The man was paid 5 million dollars to coach at the University of Michigan and for what?

            We have seen some progress in the last couples of months though, http://www.cnbc.com/2017/11/07/ncaa-athletes says Although the amounts are not uniform, Bozzella said that any level helps, as college athletes do not have the time to work a normal job and have costs that other students do not.

 

“There’s a lot of expense to being a student athlete,” said Seton Hall’s Bozzella, who mentioned holiday trips back home and other transportation costs. “So this little bit of a stipend really goes a long way for what they’re doing for their job, because this is their job. “At Marquette University in Wisconsin, Golden Eagles basketball players Luke Fischer and Duane Wilson know the struggle. They told CNBC the stipend money has certainly made a difference. “It helps a lot with groceries and other needs like winter clothes,” said Wilson, a red-shirt sophomore guard. Meanwhile, Fischer said the money is their sole source of income, since they cannot work during the season. “It’s really our only way of getting money,” he added. He also called it a “life saver.” We all know at an extra stipend won’t hurt.

            At the end the day we are all striving to make money and all I am saying if our college athletes are going to be working this hard at least pay them. http://www.pressherald.com/2016/08/23 states But Meyer says it’s unlikely schools will back the idea of paying football and basketball players. That kind of a move would make the students university employees and have big tax implications for an institution. Plus, the NCAA has already relaxed some of its rules and granted some benefits for athletes: In the last year, it has eased transfer rules, allowed multi-year scholarships and changed meal allowances so players can have a snack without fear of losing their eligibility. All we are asking them to do is try and reach a settlement, that is never too much to ask for. If we can reach even a minimum wage paycheck that will be a huge step for us college athletes.