Millions of dollars every year are earned through the entertainment and sales of NCAA student athletics. Many of these star-athletes are exploited for their name to represent their school. However, do any of these exploited athletes see a dime for their blood, sweat, and tears? No. Arguments are heavily considered if either these athletes should be paid or not. But student athletes should not get paid because they already have additional advantages over regular students, and the ideal of collegiate athletics is higher education.
As a club athlete here at Indiana University, our entire team, of 30 plus athletes, is only allocated $2,300 from the University. This number is relatively new because we have done a better job of presenting why we needed more money for our club activities. That number is inconsequential in comparison to what most D1 athletes receive through the University and their program’s budget. More so of the higher end sports, these athletes have received over $5,000 dollars in just gear that is unrelated to the sport. The cost of helmets (like the Chrome and Crimson one) has incurred a cost close to $50,000.
According to Dennis A Johnson, other benefits to the athlete include the regular use of pristine gyms, well-manicured fields, athlete-only (and often team-only) workout facilities, sports medicine care, the opportunity to travel via away games, specialized meal plans and free foot gear and athletic attire. In addition, athletes are improving their trade from the best coaching minds in the sport; not to mention having access to some of the best nutrition and strength and conditioning personnel.
A positive to exposure in history class we have a strong background with the development of American History. Everyone in the U.S. knows what African-Americans have gone through before and during the Civil Rights Era. Moreover, much of the descriptions that depict the lives of college athletes is quite similar to that of a plantation. Being a D1...