The Need for Change: Is the N.C.C.A. Exploiting the Talents of Student Athletes?

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Since 1910, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has been the most dominant collegiate athletic organization in the United States. Originally created to solidify the rules for the various sports of the time, this nonprofit association has grown to a combination of 1,281 conferences, organizations, institutions, and individuals. Based on the NCCA’s Constitution, the primary purposes of the organization is to promote intercollegiate athletics in the United States, to "maintain intercollegiate athletics as an integral part of the educational program and the athlete as an integral part of the student body, [and to] retain a clear line of demarcation between intercollegiate athletics and professional sports."(Harvard Law Review)…show more content…
Is this a fair and just practice? In most cases, these athletes come from low socioeconomic standing. “No one turns on an NCAA tournament game to see the coach, they only want to see the players.”(Watkins). So why are these coaches paid contracts ranging from 1-4 million dollars, and college athletes are the true source? How can we consider these athletes getting a fair share when realistically they don’t get anything other than a scholarship, especially a scholarship which is only a fraction of the amount of revenue this athletes makes his or her respective school.? Clearly these students are exploited by the NCAA. In addition, realistically, companies and people are paying millions of dollars to see college athletes. As a matter of fact, NCAA currently holds multiple multi-million dollar TV deals with ESPN and Turner. In 2010 alone, “CBS and Turner Sports partnered on a 14-year, $10.4 billion deal to buy the NCAA men’s basketball tournament rights” (Clarke). Whether its throwing a football for the gaming winning touchdown, or it is the last 2 minutes of regulation in the championship basketball game, college sports is monolithic money generating machine for the NCAA. However student athletes are not benefiting fairly from this earned revenue and thus being exploited by the NCAA. Take for example the case of Robert Griffith III, the 2012 Heisman winner. He was worth an estimated $250M to Baylor

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