October 23, 2015
Should Student athletes get paid?
Being a student-athlete is very beneficial not only to the athlete but also for the school they attend. Sporting events make incredibly high amounts of income throughout the year. In the year 2008, the University of Alabama athletic department was able to make approximately $123,769,841 in total revenue and that is just one of the many school that makes it into the nine figures every year. After all this we can take into consideration that the profit number is going to be much lower after we take away expenses such as travel, coaching pay, recruiting and scholarships. Even after looking at these types of figures you are willing to tell me that all the hard work that athletes put in doesn’t deserve some sort of compensation?
The time that I have spent being a college athletes has been fantastic. I have had some of the best experiences and have made some of the best memories of my life that I will never forget. Even though I’ve had a lot of fun, it hasn’t come without its price. The price is having to sacrifice things that other never have to such as time, social life and also family. There are many things that as student athletes we need to do to make this show happen but other people will never know because they will never have to take a single step in our shoes. After all this work we still have no sort of compensation, which is something that to some is very offending but what can we do? It’s the only way to make it to the next level which is the pros and there is no way around it.
The NCAA is considered to be a Non-profit organization which means that they aren’t doing it for the money, but in the fiscal year of 2014, they had a total revenue that was close to 1 Billion dollars. The exact figure is $989 million. Their total expenses were nowhere near that figure. So what happens to the rest of the money? Isn’t that considered to be profit to a business? Yeah...