The National Collegiate Athletic Association

2154 Words Jan 19th, 2015 9 Pages
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) revenue for the 2011-12 season was $871.6 million, most of which came from games and media agreements (NCAA n.p.). However, the student-athletes who actually put on these games are not paid a single dime. These athletes put their blood, sweat, and tears into their game and aren’t legally paid for something that creates such a huge revenue for the school as well as the NCAA.
College sports are apart of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), a non-profit organization whose purpose is to protect students and promote equitable sportsmanship both in the gym and in the classroom. The NCAA’s statement that intercollegiate sports is that, “maintaining amateurism is crucial to preserving an academic environment in which acquiring a quality education is the first priority” (NCAA). Their philosophy is that these athletic programs are apart of an amateur sports league, meaning that these athletes play for the joy of the game rather than for the money. So in order to remain eligible for competition, athletes are forbidden from receiving any endorsements or payments, since it is against the NCAA’s amateurism policy. Player’s benefits are capped at the cost of a scholarship. This only enables the athletes to receive enough money to attend the university and represent the sports team at the most elite level possible so that the college can gain publicity and ultimately a vast revenue (“Student” n.p.). However, this is unfair…
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