Essay on The Name of the Game: Unpaid College Athletes

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Fans of a celebrity or athlete jump for joy at any opportunity to support the people they idolize. There is no better example of this love than the recent scandal of Antoine Turner. Turner is a college student who has just signed with Boise State University’s football team. Turner lost one parent during childhood, and was estranged from the other. He lived in California with his uncle for some time, but certain state laws prevented him from living there any longer. Without a family to return to in his native New Orleans, Turner had no place to stay and was considered homeless. When fans of the football program at Boise State caught wind about the homeless freshman, many reached out to help him. However, due to restrictions that are imposed…show more content…
In response to the public backlash towards a popular pastime, the United States President Theodore Roosevelt, himself a big fan of football, created the NCAA from thirteen representatives to prevent the game from being abolished. Thus, in 1906 the NCAA was founded to protect young athletes from the dangerous collegiate athletes of the time. Many argue that college athletes should not be paid because attending America’s top universities on scholarship is payment enough. People wonder where the money to pay these athletes is going to come from. Many schools do not have the money in their budgets to operate without student fees and investors, so finding the money to pay hundred or thousands of athletes would throw many budgets out of balance. Students question the equality of a student to a student athlete. Student athletes even question how equal individual sports are. Kristi Dosh of SportsMoney magazine questions, “How much do you pay players? Is it one set amount for every athlete no matter what the sport or the school in order to keep things fair?” (Dosh 2). There are nearly 460,000 college athletes active today, and it would be very difficult for the NCAA to decide how to pay a Division III cross-country runner versus a Division I football star.
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