Inside Look: College Football Players Should Get Paid!

This is a topic of much debate among college campuses across the country.

It starts off simple enough: College athletes are given scholarships that often cover tuition, as well as room and board. They receive payment and should not –in principle- get any more money, as THAT would be unfair to the other students who have to pay their way through higher education, more often than not, unwittingly amassing heaps of debts that they will end up having to pay off for several years to come.

When I first heard that side of the argument I was outraged! How can you compare a star quarterback for the University of Michigan, who is generating hundreds of thousands of dollars a year for the school, to an Art History major at UCLA, who isn’t producing squat for the school? It seems absolutely ridiculous.

College sports don’t all make money for the schools. In fact, at NCAA Division 1 schools, football carries the financial burden of all the other athletic programs, not to mention that it also rakes in a substantial profit. Forbes Magazine published a study in which they found that college football is more profitable than Microsoft or Google. That says a lot!

The Texas Longhorns bring in a whopping $96 million dollars a year in revenue with their football program alone. Alabama’s Crimson Tide feeds the school $77 million a year. The list continues with several other schools pulling similar figures. I ask myself, who is seeing these profits? Coaches are getting paid, several even get multiple millions of dollars. Many trade in their jobs in the NFL to coach for a college team because it’s more lucrative.

So why are the schools making so much money on football? For the same reason the NFL is a $65 billion a year industry. People want to watch the game. That’s the bottom line. People want to watch the game and are willing to pay to do so. Money pours in through ticket sales, alumni donations, corporate sponsorship, licensing, and television distribution rights. Where would all this be if it wasn’t for the players? It’s a huge industry based on athletes performance and in most cases, the athletes are lucky to see a couple grand a year, and only if they are the top 1 or 2 percent.

What gets me the most though, is in order to play in the NFL, most athletes have to go to college and play well. Without a college career there won’t be one in the NFL. So players have to put it all out there for their schools and some of them get hurt. Excellent players get injured and, any and all hopes of making it to the top get squashed, and what are they left with? A huge debt.

Colleges and Universities across the country should be compensating their athletes for playing a game that is making loads of money for the school… period. Not only that, but in said discipline, bright futures could be –and are- destroyed. I just can’t justify the lopsided nature of this argument. The players are responsible for bringing in the cash, the players should get their share of the financial reward.

Anyone who thinks a school athletics department administrator should be getting paid millions of dollars, earned by the sweat and blood of Johnny B-NFL-hopeful, while Johnny sits in a dorm room eating top ramen, is completely mental.

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September 26, 2015 by : Posted in College Football No Comments

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