However, this does not erase the fact that this type of stuff goes on all the time. This is just another story of the recent activity being caught by the NCAA. LSU just got a 1 year probation for a recruiting violation, giving a player transportation and housing to come to their school. Ohio State had a whole slew of sanctions brought down on them, which led to Jim Tresell resigning. Auburn underwent investigation for the recruitment of Cam Newton and some others on the team. And this is all just this year.
ESPN put out a great 30 for 30 episode called Pony Express. It explained an in-depth look at recruiting scandals and payment of players in colleges in the Southwest Conference at the time. If you can, take a look at it. Some of the things that were going on in that film are still going on today.
College football is a billion dollar market for these Universities. Mostly at big name and big money programs, these type of payments and privileges happen. And if you really look at it, it is not the athletes fault. Most of these kids come from backgrounds and circumstance where they have nothing and going to college and playing football is an opportunity for them and their family. That may be why some athletes chose to go to the school with the most benefits for them. Yes some of the kids sound spoiled and are led down the wrong mindset about life, things being handed to them, but even the athletes who come from a good back ground feel them same, they should get paid.
The coaches and administrators and the NCAA know that college football is more than just a regular college sport. A lot of money is spent and made off the sports and its athletes. Memorabilia is sold to the fans showcasing the athletes and the athletes receive nothing for it. TV revenue is made. Advertisement of conference and players are composed. Endorsement deals are made for the team (Nike, Under Armor, Gatorade, Coke). And all the players have to do is go to class and come to practice. Sounds easy right.
Well I know from first hand experience that it isn’t easy being a college football player. Despite popular belief, things were not handed to us. Being a full-time student and a full-time student is like a full-time job. However, there is no compensation for our contribution to the University. And we are not allowed to or don’t have the time to get another job during the year so we are free labor slaves. A report from the Associated Press said that college football programs made an average of $48.3 million last year alone. Seriously, where do you think all that money goes to. Most is to the University, but the rest is left to the football program.
So when you continue to see these stories about athletes getting paid and receiving privileges, think about it in their perspective and how you actually contribute to the University making money that should also be given to the athletes. I think it’s about time for these players to get paid.
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