a promising golfer might major in economics while playing PGA Tour events and cashing sponsor checks from Nike. But when a student puts on a uniform with the school's name, the story is different.
The NCAA makes over $6 Billion a year and the athletes don’t get to see any of this money.
Making profit off of someone else while not giving them any of it is exploitation.
The combination of class and sports takes up just as much time as a full time job.
During the season, Iowa State Football center, Tom Farniok, would leave his house by 5:20 a.m. for conditioning before going to class and practice. He was usually home by 9 p.m. and he would still have homework to do most nights.
Since college athletes are considered students and not employees, the colleges do not have to follow general labor laws. This means that the athletic departments can dictate the athletes lives and put them through long hours of practice.
Athletes also have no say in the decisions of how many games are in a season and the fact that games are sometimes played across the nation on school nights.
One case, O’Bannon vs. NCAA, would do away with wage fixing, allowing schools to pay players up to $5,000 per year of eligibility.
The typical Division I athlete puts forth 43.3 hours per week to their sport, according to Forbes.
The NCAA classifies these athletes as “students” even though they have to miss class for games that are nationally televised and that are bringing in revenue.
According to Forbes, The University of Alabama made over $123 million in revenue from college sports. That is more than all 30 NHL teams and 25 out of 30 NBA teams.
Most of the money that the “student athletes” bring to the college doesn’t even go back into the classroom.
In 40 of the 50 states, the highest paid public official is the head coach of a university’s head football coach or head men’s basketball coach.
A lot of “full-ride” scholarships do not actually cover all of an athlete's expenses. Many of...