Essay College Amateurs Athletes

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Every March, 68 teams, 1020 players, millions of fans, and hundreds of millions brackets get ready for what is the biggest sporting event every year. The NCAA March Madness Tournament generates billions in revenue that goes to the NCAA, sponsors, TV deals, officials, workers, athletic directors, conference commissioners, and basically everybody but the actual revenue-generating workforce. Ever since the NCAA was founded in 1906, it has always maintained that its student-athletes are amateurs within their respected sports. The NCAA continually maintains that these athletes need to be recognized as students first. But in the college sports industry this is not the case. The NCAA exploits these “students” through their contribution to the…show more content…
Division I collegiate scholarship football and basketball athletes are being immorally and unlawfully uncompensated, and the NCAA needs to be required to provide extra payment to these athletes due to the enhanced revenue-stream of the NCAA, the amount of work these “students” put in, and for their overall addition to the production of each performance and broadcast.
Looking into this controversial issue is a difficult matter. There are so many different aspects related to the payment of college athletes. In researching this matter, one has to first look into the history of this subject such as the evolution of college sports, the issues surrounding scholarships and payment, and the modern industry that has been created by the media and NCAA. Understanding how much a college athlete does is also very important. One must look into how much a student-athlete is actually treated as a student. Second, the money, revenue, and scholarship aid need to be evaluated. The revenue generated, the money paid to coaches and others, and the extensive broadcasting contracts are important when considering if players should be paid. Lastly, in order to come up with some type of system of payment, one must crunch the numbers in order to find a proper way in which to pay these deserving athletes.
The NCAA maintains “amateur competition is a bedrock principle of college athletics and the
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