Pay Student Athletes Case Study

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The Case to Pay Student Athletes The world of college athletics has developed into a multi-billion dollar industry and everyone has their hands in the deep pockets of the universities and television companies. Everyone except for the student-athletes themselves that is. The star coaches in big college athletic programs often earn huge sums and gain national fame. Despite the argument that college athletes should not receive compensation because of their amateur status, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) should consider payment, or a revised system of reward, because the athletes risk career ending and sometimes life threating injuries, the universities that the athletes represent receive huge sums of revenue from athletic events, and it will help curb the current “pay for play” scandals affecting many…show more content…
In an investigative article written by Welch Suggs, he discovers through Internal Revenue Service records that the South Eastern Conference (SEC) took in more than 150 million dollars in revenue in the fiscal year of 2002 (Suggs 46). This does not include what individual universities made from ticket sales and footwear contracts. The flow of this money stops well short of reaching the athletes that are performing to generate it. How is it fair that these athletes be used as slaves for big TV executives and athletic department presidents? When will Congress step in and decide the NCAA does not have an autocratic rule over the funds being generated? A report done by Keith Dunnivant for the article, “Where Athletic Scholarships Fall Short” shows research that SEC Commissioner Michael L. Slive makes more than 500 thousand dollars a year. It seems unfair the major discrepancy in revenue flow, with a student-athlete from a poor background is struggling to cover the more than 2000 dollars not covered by scholarship every year

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