Elimate Athletic Scholarships

1030 WordsJun 15, 20185 Pages
“Its time for our college athletes to be true students on campus, not athletes on athletic stipends with sports – not education – as their top priority and obligation… By eliminating the athletic scholarship, … we could de-professionalize college athletes, reestablish athletic departments as part of the educational institution, and be able to use the term student-athlete without snickering.” (Ralph Nader in League of Fans Proposes Eliminating Athletic Scholarships to Help Restore Integrity on College Campuses, 2011) Over the past years the usefulness of athletic scholarships, and its outcomes for both the schools and athletes has been contested. Opposing parties have debated whether or not banning them will solve the problems that lay…show more content…
He proves Acquavivas argument insufficient and points out that athletic scholars are so over scheduled with practices, training centers, etc, that the colleges aim to focus athletes mostly on the sport surfaces (Johnson & Acquaviva, n.d.). Consequently, many either cannot or will poorly earn a degree. Former NFL player Dexter Manley is an example. Manley declared that he left Oklahoma State University illiterate (Johnson & Acquaviva, n.d.). Although students have to keep an acceptable GPA, it still doesn’t guarantee that they will actually learn anything or come out of school prepared to possibly face the job market. Another argument in favor of the extinction of the athletic scholarships is that athletes don’t get enough money to live decently. The financial aid money covers the tuition, fees, living and book expenses (Johnson & Acquaviva, n.d.). Even so research by the Collegiate Athletes Coalition (CAC), a non-profit group of parents interested in helping athletes study in higher education facilities fully sponsored, uncovered a gap of at least $2,000 between the expenses the school pays for and the total of what the student will need over the course of his or her academic life (Johnson & Acquaviva, n.d.). This led some to consider paying athletes. Johnson responded by presenting several options to improve the athletes’ lifestyle by giving them more money (Johnson & Acquaviva, n.d.).

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