Parity in Collegiate Athletics Essay

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Cole Heidbreder English II Mr. Hodge October 1, 2013 No Pay, No Play? Hundreds of college athletes play on national television every Saturday, this brings in hundreds of thousands of dollars for their universities, and they don’t get paid one cent of it. I believe college athletes should be paid because their names are put on video games, their numbers are put on jerseys, they’re all over television, and college athletics is just as much a business as professional sports. Most people would argue that they shouldn’t get paid because they already have $25,000 scholarships. I disagree; the NCAA can’t continue to balance commercialism and education. College athletes should be paid because their name is plastered all over television, video games and their teams jerseys are sold because of the athlete’s number on the back. In my opinion, if your name is a large source of revenue, you should get at least twenty percent. According to The Week magazine Johnny Manziel, Heisman trophy winner quarterback, made Texas A&M University close to $44, 620, 000. About $150, 000 of that came from Manziel jersey sales. 44, 450, 000 dollars came from all the television exposure was given to Texas A&M because of Mr. Manziel. Johnny didn’t get any of that money. He can’t even make money off of his own name but his university sure can.(Terbush) If players work that hard to get to the level that they’re at then they should be rewarded for doing so. Another reason college athletes should be paid is because college athletics is just as much a business as professional sports. Colleges have to recruit players, schedule visits, and handle scholarship money.(Jackson) If that’s not business like then I don’t know what is. Last year the Texas Longhorns generated enough revenue, that if the players received just forty-seven percent of the profit, each player would receive

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