Ncaa Madness: Should Student Athletes Get Compensated for Playing Sports?

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Should student athletes get compensated for playing sports at the collegiate level? Or is the funding the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) provides through programs that directly support the educational, financial, and health and safety needs of student athletes enough? Peter Ohr of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently stated, “Northwestern University Football players often work many more hours than the players spend on their studies, effectively making them athletes first and students second”. Furthermore, the NLRB granted Northwester University football players the right to unionize in March of 2014. Although this is a breakthrough regarding the controversial topic, it could take numerous years and plenty of…show more content…
So do universities only pay athletes who participate in only those two types of sports? It would be unfair and immoral to pay football and men’s basketball players because they participate in a sport that generates millions of dollars in revenue, but not pay the thousands of student athletes competing for their schools in other sports. Collegiate athletic markets behave monopsonistically in the sense universities are the only buyer of a service of several sellers. Collegiate athletics would be less profitable for if the student athlete market behaved competitively. According to Richard Posner, “If permitted, colleges would continue to agree to limit recruitment of athletes who could not satisfy degree requirements and to require athletes to attend classes and thus be bona fide students, because otherwise competition for the best athletes would tend to eliminate the “student athlete”; The college would be engaged in a business unrelated to its academic mission and would thus have to pay taxes on its teams’ earnings” (The Becker-Posner Blog, 2011). In addition to less profit, I believe that a great deal of corruption would occur. For example, coaches from powerhouse teams could try to bribe top-notch high school players with fancy and expensive comforts that other teams may not have. In conclusion, there are many reasons why college athletes shouldn’t get paid. First, most college sport programs aren’t profitable. Although the NCAA had nearly $913

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