College Athletes for Hire

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In the area of collegiate sports, there have been numerous heated debates about the integrity of many things concerning the NCAA and how it handles legal and ethical issues. Two well renowned scholars tackle this issue in their co-authored book entitled "College Athletes for Hire, The Evolution and Legacy of the NCAA's Amateur Myth" written by Allen L. Sack and Ellen J. Staurowsky. In their book, the authors enlighten the reader on such issues as athletic scholarships, professionalism in college sports, and favoritism for athletes as well as many more important legal, and ethical issues that we as a country need to address. In this paper I will not do a standard book report by simply regurgitating the information I read in their…show more content…
No longer is the focus on higher education, the focus is now on whether or not the NCAA can make 200 million dollars with ESPN or 250 million with NBC in contracting out the television rights. Back in 1952, the University of Pennsylvania's football team generated over $500,000 in revenues for its university. Did you know that none of the revenues that colleges make off this contract are taxable? Oh no, if the proceeds go towards the benefit of higher education, then Uncle Sam can't touch it, so now you know where Duke got the money to pay for its three best basketball players who will most likely bring in millions of dollars in revenue for making it to the final four this year. What if they became the national champions? How much money would they make then? All of it tax free and legal. When did colleges turn into multi million dollar corporations? When did they lose the idealism that still lives on in such groups as the Division III schools and the Ivy League? When was the last time you saw a Yale vs. Harvard rowing match on ESPN? Never, and do you want to know why? Because nobody will pay to watch it, and those universities have the integrity to keep education, critical thinking skills, and a general questioning of the status quo as their top priority. Finally I would
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