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Paid to Play

October 1, 2012

Davin Zimmerman

            College athletes bring enormous amount of revenue in for their university or college. So who is to say that they can’t accept money from boosters, or selling memorabilia for a profit? Nobody should be able to stop them. College athletes should be allowed to accept money from boosters, but should also be getting paid to play as well. These universities and colleges are leaving these athletes in poverty, and also suspend them from playing they’re sport. The schools are demoralizing their athletes one at a time.

            As stated on  Sheryl Nance-Nash says, “The average scholarship shortfall (the student’s out-of-pocket expenses) for each “full scholarship” athlete was approximately $3,222 per player during the 2010-11 school years. The report also found that the room-and-board provisions in a full scholarship leave 85% of players living on campus and 86% of players living off campus living below the federal poverty line.” With that being stated it shows how much of our college athletes are not well off like most people think. People need to realize that they work they’re butts off all year, so they should be able to accept money, at least this might keep them above the poverty line. “We all know that big time football and basketball players receive much less than they are worth, but the disparity between players’ fair market value, what they receive, and the money that others receive is shocking,” said NCPA President Ramogi Huma. These players receive bar minimum to none for everyday spending money. Some of these players need that money pay rent, but also by gas to get to and from school, and let’s not forget about food money.

                                    The most recent attack was on former USC’s, and now Miami Dolphin’s, Reggie Bush. Reggie accepted money from what they call a “booster” (a person who gives money to an athlete they think will succeed and repay them and some more). The NCAA stripped Reggie of his Heisman trophy, the most well-known trophy given to a college football athlete. Other notables are Terrelle Pryor and A.J. Green. Both of these players had gotten suspended, even though their schools openly sell memorabilia. Michael Rosenberg states, “Look cheating is wrong. The point here is not to excuse the cheaters. I hate cheating. The point is to re-define cheating.” What Rosenberg is attempting to get across is why can’t they accept money. They aren’t doing a single thing different than what these colleges are doing. Maybe they should start suspending the schools then if they are going to be allowed to sell memorabilia. Just because the NCAA sees this being wrong it might not be to the rest of the nation. Suspending and retiring trophies from student athletes have got to stop.

            The NCAA has recently added a $2,000 stipend to help pay for the full tuition. Maybe they are looking into it; maybe they do care instead of belittling these college athletes. It seems as if the NCAA just wants to make this a big media ordeal just to make them money.  But as soon as they brought up the $2,000 the quicker it was denied and is now being talked about, so who knows how long it will take and even if the players will get the extra money.

            College athletes should have the freedom to decide for themselves if they want to accept money. The NCAA should have no matter in what they do outside of school. All these players want is a little extra spending money to get through the tough times of college. Heck most people know how difficult it is to make it without even being a athlete. Let the college athletes play, and let them get paid.

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