College athletes should be compensated since they compete in the same sport as professionals, who get compensated. College players work tirelessly to help their teams win and return. To play for them, they must pay. Their families depend on it, because without it, they would have no way to survive.
The highest-paid college athlete is probably University of Texas at Austin star basketball player Cameron Ridley, who made $1.5 million in cash payments and merchandise deals in 2015. He's not the only one making big bucks: Other top earners included football players from Alabama ($974,000), Florida ($936,000), and Ohio ($878,000).
Not all college athletes benefit from such high earnings. Many come from poor families or don't even get money from their schools for playing sports. Some are forced to make choices between paying for food or tuition or rent. Others may feel pressured into staying in school longer than they want to stay in order to financially support their families.
Some colleges try to go beyond just offering a free education and give some financial aid to help students with costs like room and board. However, much of this aid goes toward filling budget gaps, not providing any real opportunity for compensation.
At the same time, the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) forbids collegiate players from getting paid for their work, which is clearly unjust. College athletes should be compensated for a variety of reasons. The NCAA should compensate student athletes because it is capable of doing so. The NCAA cannot afford to keep player salaries low, as that would significantly decrease revenue generation and require the organization to charge more for its products.
The NCAA claims that not paying athletes would destroy college sports, but this argument fails to consider two important facts: first, there are other ways students can be compensated for their efforts (e.g., with prizes or jobs after they leave school), and second, many professional sports teams have financial problems even without having to worry about paying their players.
In conclusion, the NCAA should pay student athletes because it is the just thing to do. Paying players would benefit them personally by allowing them to better support themselves while still in school and would benefit college sports by increasing attendance and fundraising abilities.
College football and men's basketball programs make far more than any other athletic team, therefore these athletes would almost certainly earn more as well. This may not be considered fair pay, but many supporters of paying college athletes claim that team popularity and market demand typically decide what is "fair."
The highest-paid college athlete is likely to be Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, who has declared for the 2015 NFL Draft. If he were to go pro, he could expect to receive approximately $7 million over the course of his career.
Other high-profile college football players include Louisville quarterback AJ McCarron ($1.5 million), Alabama running back Derrick Henry ($1.45 million), Ohio State cornerback Marshon Lattimore ($1.4 million), and Wisconsin offensive lineman Ryan Groy ($1.35 million).
In addition to receiving millions of dollars, many college athletes also receive significant amounts of money from sponsorships, licensing deals, and other sources of income. For example, an athlete can easily earn $150,000 per year by signing with a professional sports league or team. Many top collegiate athletes have found success after graduating from school, including Tim Tebow (NFL), Mel Kiper Jr. (NFL draft), and Larry Fitzgerald (NFC).
Some college athletes choose to forgo their final seasons of eligibility and enter the 2015 NFL Draft.
Football players in college are compensated. They are only compensated indirectly. But I disagree with opponents who claim that gamers are exploited only for the financial advantage of others. Even while most university sports departments are earning more money than ever before, thanks to TV rights deals, few few are profitable. The majority of schools cover their costs by charging high ticket prices for games or by selling ad space in game days.
The direct compensation that a football player receives is called an athletic scholarship. These scholarships are usually provided by something called "affiliated colleges" or "conference partners". For example, a student-athlete can earn a free ride into Louisiana State University's school system by playing football for one of several Louisiana universities that provide LSU with athletes.
In most cases, students who accept these scholarships have some kind of agreement that they will be able to play other sports at their chosen school and also receive tuition payments. If a player decides not to sign with another school once he has received such a grant, he would be in violation of his contract and could lose his right to payment from the original sponsor.
The amount of money a college athlete makes depends on many factors. Some schools are worth much more than others due to their location or their partnership network. Some players make very little money, while others make millions.
Overall though, college football players are not rich like professional athletes. But neither are they completely out of luck.
Most collegiate sports programs in the United States do not produce any money, therefore most athletes would continue to be underpaid. Furthermore, the players would require a strong union to negotiate any revenue-sharing arrangement.
However, some schools have begun paying their athletes through various methods such as scholarships or bonuses. Northwestern University was one of the first schools to do so when it created a $10 million fund called the "Northwestern Mutual Game Day Cash Award Account" in 2009. The account is used to provide cash awards to its athletes who meet certain criteria including being academically eligible. In addition, the school has also started giving out bonuses for winning games. These bonuses are typically given out at the end of the season as a way for the school to reward its athletes for good performances.
Other schools that have followed suit include Texas Tech and Utah State. These programs began giving out cash awards after many high-profile incidents where students were killed during game days celebrations. The new programs were called "Safety Zones" and "Safe Rides Home" respectively. The schools decided to give out the funds to help reduce crime at parties and on campus streets where there often is alcohol abuse and other problems related to game day activities.