Humpty Dumpty (ncaa) Jumped off the wall and Broke($) Themselves

The NCAA has agreed to consider to pay ncaa athletes an additional $2,000 a year. And to allow schools to offer more than one year scholarships. If you pay they are not amatuers and if you don’t then you have congressman, Bobby Rush of Illinois (a man who beat Obama in an election), comparing the NCAA to the Mafia over how it controls the lives of student athletes. “I think you would compare the NCAA to Al Capone and to the Mafia,” Rush said. I tend to be against, but it needs to be marketed better. I don’t have the study on hand, but i saw where someone calcualated that each athlete in a revenue producing sport was providing 17 (I think) other students the opportunity for an education while getting their own.

The Case Against (from a current football player):

Players are already paid. Scholarship football players received a check for $4,143 at the beginning of the season to cover room and board for the semester. Add to that a training camp check for $150, a Thanksgiving check for $150, a $400 meal enhancement check, $600 at the bowl game, and $15 in spending money after every home game. You’re looking at $5,533 in cash during the fall semester — not including the possibility of qualifying for a $2,775 Pell Grant.

Football players need to eat, and universities are well aware. We are provided three meals and a snack per day during our almost three-week training camp, totaling $585 per player. Training table,
eaten after three practices per week, is valued at $531 per player for the semester. Between catered meals and snacks on road trips, each player receives about $482 in food during the season.

NCAA bylaw 16.5.2.h states, “An institution may provide fruit, nuts and bagels to a student-athlete at any time.” Therefore, we are each given roughly $285 in such snacks. After each weight-lifting session, we receive two protein shakes, which yield a season total of $400.

During our week of training at our bowl destination, we eat an additional three meals and a snack per day, on the house — a total of $211 for the week.

There are a few other benefits that come with the territory — many of which we never see a price tag. Our textbooks are free, and valued at a conservative $400 per semester. Between hats, shirts, sweatshirts, jumpsuits and shoes, Tech gives us approximately $270 in free clothing during the season.
Freshmen receive a free laptop valued at $1,000, which can be prorated to $100 per semester.

The money adds up fast, especially during bowl season. The Orange Bowl gives players a $300 electronic gift suite, from which to choose any combination of electronics, so long as the total doesn’t exceed the given amount. Players also receive $200 in clothing and luggage. I’m not even including the bowl ring, travel reimbursement to and from the bowl, or the cost of lodging in a four-star hotel.

When we finish playing football, we leave with a degree from Tech — valued at $5,254 per semester for in-state tuition. Tutors are at our disposal and paid for by the athletic department.

In one semester, the benefits total $14,551 per player.

The NCAA limits the work week to 19 hours for student-athletes, which includes practice, meetings and weight-lifting. Over a 20-week season, we put in a total of 380 hours, at an hourly wage of $38.29.

While I understand we don’t have the luxury of allocating that $14,551 however we’d like, what else would we spend it on, other than food, clothes, toys and tuition? Even when we look solely at the cash, we’re in abundance.

The Case For:

“As soon as you pay someone $2,000, you cannot make the argument that it is unethical to pay that person $5,000, or $10,000, or a million bucks a year, for all that. Amateurism is one of those rigid things that cannot bend, only shatter. Amateurism is an unsustainable concept. It could not last in golf. It could not last in tennis. It couldn’t even last in the Olympics, where it was supposed to have been ordained by Zeus or someone.”

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