Corruption In College Athletics

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Philip Garrigan Professor Ruddick College Writing II April 6, 2012 Corruption in Collegiate Athletics Nowadays, the term “student-athlete” is highly skeptical. Recent discussions and incidents have once again sparked the age old controversy of whether or not collegiate athletes should be paid or compensated for their services to their universities’ sports programs. This question asks whether or not these athletes are being fairly treated for their services, or if they are somehow being scammed out of the billion dollar industry that is now the NCAA. The debate must take into account the benefits that colleges and the NCAA reap from these athletes, and in turn what risks and rewards these athletes endure for these athletic programs. Whether most people will admit it or not, the dynamics and integrity of collegiate sports are slowly changing into a commercial entertainment based organization, majorly focused on the incentive of revenue. Most Division I athletes are offered scholarships to attend and play a sport for a certain university. Many people believe that “student-athletes” generate billions of dollars for universities and private companies while earning nothing for themselves. In his Sports Illustrated article arguing against the movement to pay college athletes, Seth Davis responds to this statement by saying, “This is indisputably untrue. Student-athletes earn free tuition, which over the course of four years can exceed $200,000. They are also provided with housing, textbooks, food and academic tutoring” (Davis). He then goes on to mention that these athletes also “earn the extra coaching, training, game experience and media exposure”(Davis) that comes along with being a Division I athlete. We see nowadays the gap beginning to grow between the value of a scholarship and what an athlete genuinely needs. The fact that these athletes
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