To pay or not to pay, that is the question. This question, one of disparity, confronts the NCAA all the time today. Football and basketball players generate billions of dollars in revenue for their schools but do not receive any. College athletes cannot be paid because of the “no pay” rules and the “Principle of Amateurism.” The NCAA will not have to deal with as many rule violations and scandals. Plus, the NCAA could still label an amateurism principle without actually crossing the line with professionalism. Because athletes are focusing solely on sports and have no time to do anything else, athletes need money to support themselves. Not only does the school acquire revenue from ticket sales, apparel and sponsorships, but it becomes more…show more content… Shapiro also offered the players services that included entertainment, yacht rentals, paid vacations, prostitutes, nightclubs, jewelry, and abortions. Not all of what he offered was right but he still should have been allowed to pay the players bounties. The bounties he paid players caused him to suffer in court the most. He was sentenced to a total of twenty years in federal prison. Also, at Ohio State University, five players were suspended for five games for trading signed memorabilia for cash and tattoos at a tattoo parlor. Because of the “no pay” rules, student athletes cannot receive any pay from that sport or any form of future assistance. Should the “no pay” rules no longer be a factor, the NCAA would not have to deal with as many scandals that involve the paying of athletes. The only way to eliminate or greatly reduce the number of scandals is by implementing a change in the NCAA Division I Manual.
Not only do the players play hard for the school, but they also have the potential to earn money through commercial signings and endorsements by third party sponsors. The NCAA should lift the “Principle of Amateurism” and establish a newer one that resembles the one of the Olympics. The Olympics’ amateur model resembles the NCAA’s “Principle of Amateurism” except for the fact that they do not have restrictions on commercial opportunities such as