Jalen Buenaventura

Professor Ramos


20 February 2019

Half Student Half Athlete

What is Student Athlete? Described in Wikipedia as a “participant in an organized competitive sport sponsored by the educational institution in which he or she is enrolled.” Student-athletes are full time students and athletes at the same time. Many student athletes are given scholarships in college /university to attend this institution. Should college athletes get paid or not? I believe they should get paid because they also represent school and work hard as twice as regular college student. Yes, the school cover their tuition but they also deserves to get paid a reasonable amount.

Being a college student athlete is a full time job, bouncing between the weight room, classes, court/field, and film sessions. In the United States, athletic scholarship are largely regulated by either the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) or the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). There are four main requirements to be eligible for an athletic scholarship: Graduate from high school, complete the required number of core high school courses, earn a minimum GPA on a 4.0 scale, and achieve a minimum SAT or ACT score. According to Michael Wilbon, “I’m interested in seeing the people who produce the revenue share a teeny, tiny slice of it” (College athletes deserve to be paid). Student athletes also bring in revenue for their team and college or university because they represent that and they are the ones working hard out on the court, field, etc.  Coaches receive bonuses for breaking records, reaching the offseason, and winning the big games but the athletes receive none of it. Yes, scholarships often cover most of the student athletes books and room expenses but I believe that they should get paid like few extra hundred dollars per year because of their lack of time to work part time job and earn money.

From my experience, I played 4 years of basketball in high school and often we have practice after school so we get home around 6 to 7 p.m. everyday. So there is no time to earn money because we also have homework, assignments, and other stuff that we need to finish. Time management is the key to balance your education and being an athlete because we don’t have a lot of time as other regular students do. Colleges and universities use their athletic success to promote their school to encourage potential student applicants. In ESPN, Michael Wilbon included that, “The players have become employees of the colleges and universities” (College athletes deserve to be paid). Exactly, student athlete is a big part to promote their school and still they don’t get anything. According to a 2011 NCAA Survey, many students average 30 hours of practice a week, while some spend over 40. When you combine that amount of time with the time spent in classes and the time spent doing homework, it’s practically impossible to find time to work a part time job to earn some spending money

College athletes should be making money in some way related to the sports that they play. It doesn’t make much sense for them to not see monetary gain from what they are potentially going to be doing for a living. Sports is one of the most popular industries in the entire world, and it is still growing. Because of this, it only makes sense that college athletes should have some of the same financial opportunities as their professional counterparts. The increasing amount of money being made in college sports every year is making it more difficult to argue against paying players. For example, according to a Time article by sports writer Sean Gregory. Nick Saban, who is the head coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide Football team, made $11 million this past season, and defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt and offensive coordinator Brian Daboll were both paid over $1 million. How is it okay for players to not get paid at all when coaches are being paid so much money? It is no secret that highly physical sports and injuries go hand-in-hand, and a player could have a career-ending injury at any moment while playing. The unsafety of the sports alone should be reason enough for players to earn some kind of revenue from going out and competing for their schools. If the NCAA will not to allow college athletes to be paid for playing the sports, then they should at least let them make money by marketing themselves. Players don’t make any money from the selling of merchandise, such as their jerseys. They are not allowed to market themselves and earn money as a result. Why is that?

This restriction on college athletes is doing more harm than good. I see no real point in hindering the athletes in this kind of way when other college students can do work within their majors and not to be penalized. Allowing college athletes to sign endorsement deals with brands like Nike and Adidas would be a huge step forward, and it would benefit both the companies and the players. In the past, major shoe corporation were essentially bribing college athletes and their family members as a way to get them to attend certain colleges. Making it legal for athletes to have endorsement deals with companies would eliminate this problem. As an additional benefit, college athletes would also be more likely to stay in school until they graduate, because they would be earning money and wouldn’t have to worry about dropping out to financially support their families. As a college athlete and a fan of sports, I will support in any way I can when it comes to college athletes should get paid/changing these policies so we college athletes can start to make income