The National Collegiate Athletic Association

1455 Words Nov 24th, 2015 6 Pages
Andrew Koh
Prof. White
ENG 111
19 November 2015 Ever since its formation in 1910, the National Collegiate Athletic Association or NCAA, has provided student athletes the ability to attend colleges through scholarships while playing for their schools. However, the ideology of inter-collegiate athletics, amateurism, and sportsmanship masks the troubling problem for many of the players; the ban on paying student athletes. The National Collegiate Athletic Association is a 6 billion dollar a year institution that is a so-called, “non-profit organization.” While they claim to provide athletes a gateway to a higher education, their inability to provide any compensation for their hard work and sacrifices make them incredibly exploitative. It is imperative for the NCAA to make an effort to pay their student athletes and provide them workers compensation for all of their hard work. The NCAA essentially stems their business model and practices after one term. Amateurism. In order for a student to be a part of inter-collegiate athletics, the student must sign a contract agreeing to call themselves an “amateur,” and to abide by all of the rules and regulations stated in a 440 page NCAA rulebook. If an athlete, coach, or university violates anyone of these rules, they can be penalized depending on the severity. Former University of Utah basketball coach, Rick Majerus found out the hard way in 2003 after treating one of his players out to lunch. Majerus offered the student lunch after…
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