Student Athletes: Academic suspension to 401k Pension

It shouldn’t be a question of If but How Much. In order for an athlete to play at the professional level they must go to the only path, and the NCAA is the best farm team to do that. “If you want the path to the pros, you’ve got to come and play for us…and play for free”- NCAA. Student athletes having nothing to show for what they do on and off the field. It seems as if they aren’t getting their fair share of what they help bring into the school. They are the reason of their school’s national spotlight.  For example, before Johnny Manziel became Texas A&M’s quarterback the school pulled in around $300 million a year. After the Heisman winner had stayed a years there, the school brought in a little over $700 million.

Nike used to pay college coaches, starting in 1979, to make their players wear Nike shoes. This started a commercial revolution and caused the flooding of big name companies to come in a take advantage of amateur sports. Currently, in most states, the highest paid public employees are football or basketball coaches for the state’s major university. One may ask “how can you put a price tag on education” (especially when many student athletes wouldn’t have the opportunity to even go to college in the first place).

It breaks down like this; the average workweek of a college athlete is 43.3 hours. 3.4 more hours than the average American workweek, but with one exception – the responsibility of being a full time student on top of that. College athletes are students first, but are required to miss school, no matter what is going on academically (finals, midterms, group work, papers, etc.) to participate in a nationally televised game or tournament that ultimately makes the university a lot of money. Think about March Madness – these “students” are missing around one month of classes depending on how far they make into in the tournament. The farther they go, the more money and recognition they make their school, and also the more class they miss, but these guys are supposed to be students first. Even if you’re a 4.0 student but not getting it done on the field you’re still going to get cut.

The universities also benefit from the now heavier influx of applications being submitted every semester. “The year that Boston College quarterback Doug Flutie won the Heisman Trophy as the nation’s outstanding college football player, Boston College’s undergraduate admissions increased by 25 points and its average SAT score of admitted freshmen skyrocketed by 110 points. Meanwhile, Patrick Ewing’s basketball performance during the 1982-83 NCAA season helped generate a 47% increase in undergraduate applications and a forty-point rise in freshman SAT scores during the following admissions cycle at Georgetown University.”

Operating as untaxed non-profits with no shareholders, schools run up unbelievable expenses. The pressure to win has lead to a college sports “race to arms”. Coaches are making 4 and 5 million dollars a pop with 10 assistant coaches and their players don’t see any of it. Student athletes? These guys might as well be indentured servants. The NCAA profits $11 billion dollars a year off of a small portion of schools and their athletic programs (namely football and basketball). I’m not saying we should make these athletes millionaires, but let’s at least reward them monetarily for doing all they have done for the universities.


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