Coming from a former collegiate athlete, the answer is a hearty "Yes".
A scholarship is payment enough. Today's pampered athletes don't need
anything else especially when you consider the perks given them that aren't
readily available to the rest of the student body. Why is a football player any
more important than your average student? The answer should be very clear. He
If college coaches can earn high 6 and even 7 figure salaries, I see no reason
whatsoever that players shouldn't demand a piece of that pie.On
the other hand, if the NCAA REALLY wants to keep the big money out of college
sports, they SHOULD act like it. The way the NCAA conducts "business"
(BIG BUSINESS, BTW)they have no right whatsoever to feel sorry for themselves
when athletes start being as demanding as they are regarding dollars.
The answer is "it depends on the athlete".For most athletes
in NCAA sports, a scholarship is a rich reward for the service they provide the
school, but for some high profile athletes a scholarship does not even begin to
compensate them for the money the school and the NCAA make from the use of their
name and image. It has been pointed out that college coaches at top athletic
universities make 7 figure salaries. Why is it OK for a coach to demand fair
market value for his service but a high profile player must accept that a
scholarship is all he is entitled to? The answer is to let the
athletes control their own likeness and profit from the use of the likeness in
any way currently legal in our capitalist system. My guess is that is what will
eventually happen anyway.
It is the end of intercollegiate athletics. maybe that would be good.
Tuition and education is hardly the focus of college and high school sports and
sports is evovled into a buisness and education is collateral learning if the
students want to get an education. Education departments and schools
expect to make money and profit from their athletes and if they don't
perform and make the schools money they are dropped from the schools. The least
these athlete should be paid is a percentage of the gross profit from the games
and each student to receive equal pay regardless of position or hours or
popularity of players. Player should share an equal percentage of the profits
and no scholarships or other education benefits. The only criteria to be
students is grade average and member of the team and pay their own tuition as an
employee of the schools. Players must also remain with school entire 4 years of
college, no dropouts or transfers mid term of employment.They do
deserve a share of the profits if the school receives or profits from players.
If the schools don't use the teams for financial gains then teams and
students can receive scholarships.
With practice lasting 4-6 hours a day and travel taking up every other weekend
and the NCAA forbidding any athletes from working during the season, then a
hearty YES in that athletes be given an addition to their stipend.And let's be honest...football and basketball make all the money. So
consideration needs to be given to the fact that a girls lacrosse player should
NOT be given the same as a football player.I ran into Jay Bilas in
New York last summer and he told me all additional money should go into escrow,
increasing amount by year (as an incentive to stay in school)and dispensed only
according to academic/social performance.
Here's a solution, tweak it problem solved. As part of the NCAA
Clearinghouse all high school students currently establish their college
eligibility status. My plan is at that time every high school athlete become
eligible for a professional draft. With emphasis on if every athlete, every
gender, every sport negotiates a contract with the drafter. The
negotiation/contract decides what happens next, compete at a professional level
or at that time pursue a college education either University or Jr College. If
continuing their education and refining their skill is decided on then it is the
drafting team, athlete, parent, agent’s responsibility to fund that
education. . The process is fundamentally a modified version of Major League
Baseball’s draft and follows progression. The recruiting practice between
the College and the athlete essentially remains the same coach’s recruit,
kids take visits and choose where they go to get their education. If the
athlete isn’t drafted then the value and the purpose of the athlete
scholarship really show, the providing the opportunity for a high school athlete
to continue their education.
How about just shutting down collegiate sports all together. They are a
distraction from the real purpose of the University, educating.