For years I have thought that college athletes should be paid a small amount each semester. Just an average figure bases upon the average hours the athlete spends in their particular sport per semester. Maybe like $2000 a semester per student-athlete or something along those lines. This fund also be paid by the NCAA which is making money hand over fist that way small colleges don't get stiffed in the process.
Because it is nearly impossible to expect kids in the 18-22 age range to earn a income through a job, put in the time at practice/games for athletics, maintain their schoolwork in their courses and have any kind of social life all at the same time. I just don't buy the arguments people use for keeping money away from the athletes in college athletics.
The Athletes Are Paid.... With an Education
The article talks about this and proves this line is a joke in several ways.
(1) Scholarships aren't guaranteed for anything other than one-year. The school has the right to extend the scholarship up until graduation or rescind the contract after just one season pretty much without any reason. Schools often release players from their scholarship because they have "underperformed" in the eyes of the program.
This has been contested in the courts as well because this is strictly a matter of opinion. Players have been released from their scholarships because the program said they didn't meet expectations. Yet in many of these cases they clearly done more and got more playing time that other players allowed to remain with the program.
People will argue that schools can rescind academic scholarships as well. The difference being that the schools aren't making money off of an elementary education major and more importantly there are grades and numerical standards to measure academic standards. There are no outlined standards for proving performance in college athletics.
I find it a complete scam that the only person seemingly held accountable on contracts in college athletics are the athletes. The coaches can come and go as they wish without seemingly any consequence. The schools can dump the player at any time they wish with little or no reason. Even the programs themselves can seemingly jump from conference to conference these days.
The article gives the number that roughly 1 out of every 4 college athletes get their scholarships taken away and don't graduate from their original school. Unless the schools are made to hold up to their end of the deal and make sure these kids do in fact have a fair opportunity to get a degree then this whole system is a crock of ****.
(2) All scholarships aren't equal. Is the quarterback at Western Kentucky getting the same "payment" as the punter at the University of Virginia? Clearly the quarterback for Western Kentucky is gonna be more important to his program and yet his "payment" in the form of a college degree is less than that which a bench player would earn at another program.
(3) It has been documented that some programs have athletes take certain courses or college credits in order to maintain their grades. This allows the athlete to retain eligibility during their playing career. The downside is that often these kids find themselves having exhausted their eligibility and still needing courses to get a degree. But since they can no longer play the school pulls their scholarship.... Even though they were doing as told by the school when they took those courses or signed up for those majors.
(4) What about the true "student-athlete" that maintains both a high grade average and excels in athletics? What are they gaining by competing in athletics when they already have the grades to get a scholarship. They are getting "paid" something that they would be getting even without their athletic ability. In some cases less if they opt to go to a school with a better football program as opposed to a more prestigious academic program.