One of the main reasons is that college sports are very popular and the attendance, especially at the football and basketball is growing every year and breaking attendance records. Furthermore, TV ratings for the tournaments series are the highest they have been in years bringing billions of dollars in commerce for schools. Schools use their players’ face and names to promote their schools and gain more money. Of course, college athletes get scholarships and get education, however who benefits the most from their success? The answer is schools.
College students should get paid because of all the income they bring in for their school while playing. For example, in the article “Why College Athletes Should Be Paid” by Tyson Harnett he says “Many coaches earn at least $100,000 per year to coach one of the major basketball, baseball, football at a school. “They will receive bonuses for going to the playoffs, winning championships etc.” “You know what the athletes receive as a gift? Nothing.”(Harnett). Despite the significant help, college players have been for their schools and the revenue they bring in they get nothing in return.
The claims made by the two parties include whether or not athletes are employees, how much money is spent on athletes, and the effects of injuries. Recently appearing in the news, Football players at Northwestern University have been in the process of forming a players’ labor union. These players are claiming they are employees for the university. The argument states that revenues are earned for the school because of the effort football players put on the field, much like in the National Football League. The only difference is that players in the NFL are being compensated for their efforts.
About 25% of each school is made up of athletes, they are made up of people who play football, basketball, beach volleyball, are on the rowing team, etc. It is most likely that all of these people answered “YES” to this survey so really, there are about 10% of students who actually believe athletes should get paid. Why should they get paid though; some are already getting full ride scholarships, they are doing it voluntarily and there are privileges that come along with being an athlete. In high school, athletes who excel among their peers are usually looked at by a college scout, a person who looks for good players who are eligible to play at their school. When these athletes’ skills are extraordinary and are able to impress the scout, they are many times given full scholarships to the college with the condition that they play for the school’s team.
In the 1996-1997 season, NBA’s Michael Jordan was paid $33,450,000 for the year, or just over $1.06 per second, an outrageous amount of money for a player to play the game he loves to play. He was paid $178,000 a day whether he played or not. There is no doubt that professional athletes are talented, but when Kevin Garnett, who is not even a college graduate, makes over 16 million dollars a year, that becomes a problem. While that may seem outrageous, deliberations over pro athletes salaries are nothing new. When baseball’s Babe Ruth was reportedly asked about earning a larger salary than the United States President Herbert Hoover during the Great Depression in the 1930’s Ruth defended his salary in response, “Why not?
21/11/13 Should footballers be paid more than soldiers? Ikrah Batool Is it really fair that footballers get paid so many millions more than a soldier does in a single year? Thousands of soldiers put their lives at risk for the safety of your country, slaving day in day out with minimal rest, sleeping in the horrendous heat and fighting in the freezing cold in the night. Whereas footballers just train for ninety minutes a day and then go home to their nicely warmed and cooled pad and rest. And this is what footballers get paid hundreds of thousands of pounds a week for!
A famous movie star can receive several millions of dollars for a single film as well as a football player has a one hundred million contract with a certain club. Like every problem, the question about the salary of actors and athletes has its supporters and opponents, but let us dwell on the positive sides of the high payment. It does not worth mentioning that actors and athletes work hard to achieve success in their profession; they have to keep to the standards in everything: shape, weight, fashion, etc. They spend more than 12 hours working on the role in the movie or training in the gym. The most reasonable explanation of the high payment is that these people present not only themselves but the whole country on the international arena in sports and art, so they should be supported and praised as they create the image of their country.
From the movie MoneyBall we see big names/good players in sports means good teams and good teams means more money for the franchise which leads to more commercialization and ultimately what everyone wants more money. Another example of commercialization in sports is Jordon Spieth he just one on the biggest stage in golf The Masters he is 21 years old and not only did he make 1.3 million dollars for winning but he is now making just as much or more with sponsorships since he has won. These examples illustrate the fact that sports have been highly commercialized. Sport has changed its form and elements. It is not just entertainment, sports have gained commercial recognition.
Wouldn’t it be amazing to make millions of dollars by playing one game or tournament? Well famous athletes feel they do. Many people feel that professional athletes are extremely overpaid. People feel professional athletes are getting to much money in a society where incomes are traditionally based on the value of one's work. Average Americans work standard hours and get paid a dismal amount compared to an athlete.