Athletes deserve access to compensation
Published: Friday, October 18, 2013
Updated: Friday, October 18, 2013 17:10
Lawsuit after lawsuit, sanction after sanction, is all NCAA sports fans seem to be hearing about these days.
Reggie Bush has to give back his Heisman trophy due to receiving extra compensation while performing at the University of Southern California.
Johnny Manziel is the talk of the summer after receiving a few thousand dollars for signing autographs.
When will there be a time when a fan can just enjoy their team’s performance without having to worry about the NCAA dropping an unfair sanction on their favorite program?
When the athletes can receive compensation.
Now before whomever is reading this article goes into an uproar claiming that athletes should in fact definitely not be paid, stop and take a breather, and read what I have to say.
It is true, some athletes do r eceive what many students at major universities do not, and that is a free education.
However, many students have opportunities that athletes do not. Athletes put in an average of 39.6 hours per week into their respected sports.
That is equivalent to a full time job, and this is on top of having to perform in the classroom.
While many people believe an athletic scholarship pays for everything, it in fact does not. It does not pay to fill up their vehicles, it does not pay for clothes, it does not pay for a trip back home to see their families, and it doesn’t even pay for everything school related, such as the need for a laptop or paper and writing utensils.
There was a story released earlier this year of a division one college football player who lost his brother in a shooting the week he was preparing for his first college football game.
Many people would figure that the athlete would immediately drop everything and go home to be with his family; and he would have, except for one problem, he couldn’t afford it.
The athlete couldn’t afford to go home and due to the NCAA having outrageous rules against receiving money, no one within the university or football program could help him get home.
These rules shed light on a problem that seems to hurt more athletes than it helps them.
Do I believe each academic institution should be responsible for having to pay every athlete to play, on top of already providing a free education? No, I do not.
Nonetheless, I do believe athletes should be able to make money off of their own name just as the NCAA has done for years.
If an outside source wants to pay an athlete for their performance, or to do a commercial for their business, then they should be able to receive compensation for that.
If an athlete gets offered money to sign hundreds of autographs, or a major sports brand wants to sign them to a multi-year contract to wear their brand, then they should be able to do that.
This idea alone keeps universities from having to provide more money to its athletes and it allows athletes the opportunity to cash in when their name is of value, just like any other student on a college campus is able to do.
It is time for college athletes to be compensated.
Whether to help pay for needs, a trip home, or just because their name is worth so much to others, they deserve the right to obtain compensation just like everyone else does.