XXXVIII

Everybody knows what today is, GAMEDAY baby!! Today, The Mighty Alabama Crimson Tide play Colorado State. Game Time is at 1900 (7:00 for you civilians). The only thing I’m worried about is that Colorado State’s Head Coach was Alabama’s Offensive Coordinator from 2008 – 2012. During his tenure at Alabama he coached the Offense to 3 National Championship, 2009, 2011 & 2012. Don’t worry, I won’t be talking about how good the Alabama Crimson Tide is. Today’s subject will be about College Sports. The question I will ask is, should College Athletes be paid? I’m going to give you my opinion. Keep in mind that this is MY opinion, so don’t take it personal or try to get into a back and forth argument, because I will not entertain it. This is MY opinion and MY opinion alone. Okay lets get to it!!

I personally think that college athletes should be paid. Why? Because the Universities make millions off these athletes. Not only off the athletes, the corporations that sponsor the NCAA make millions upon millions because of these athletes. So why not give them a piece of the pie? I feel that it’s unfair to the athletes, because they do the same thing that professional athletes do, they have personal trainers and have to make sure they maintain themselves during the season and the off season. On top of that, they have to maintain good grades in order to even play. I am not saying that they should get huge contracts and signing bonuses like the professional athletes, but they should be able to get a portion of the millions that the University is bringing in. I’m not saying that they should sign contracts like the pro’s do, but give them a percentage of the profit. I also think that if a player is approached by a legitimate broker or company of course approved by the NCAA and they want to pay a certain player for their autograph, it should be the athletes decision. As much as I hate the Texas Aggies Quarterback, good ol’ Johnny Manziel, the NCAA should not have penalized him for that. The NCAA could not prove that he accepted any money, but since he did sign a whole lot of memorabilia, he had to sit out for 2 quarters. Yes, that punishment is lenient, but I don’t feel that he should have been punished at all.

I understand that a lot of athletes are given a full ride scholarship and they don’t have to worry about paying for classes, books or housing. I got it, but these players sacrifice a lot for the University they attend, so why shouldn’t they receive some benefits for their sacrifice. It sucks that if a player does accept “extra” benefits from a booster or whoever and that player is found guilty by an NCAA investigation he would then be ineligible for the time he accepted those benefits. Now the University is going to be penalized because they played an ineligible player. Because University let an ineligible player participate in a contest, the University will have to vacate all the wins that the ineligible player played in. The NCAA is also going to investigate to see if the coaching staff and administration knew if this player was receiving benefits and didn’t do anything about it, more sanctions will be added to the sanctions already put in place for the player accepting “extra” benefits. Say for instance if that player accepted extra benefits during his 5 years of eligibility and that team won 3 Championships, all those wins and Championships will be vacated, meaning all of it would be erased as if it never happened. Let’s say that same player won the Heisman Trophy during his 3rd year of eligibility, he would also have to give that up.

Its crazy how much the Universities make off these players. Not only are the Universities making money, but the Sponsors and TV Networks are getting in on it also. Millions upon millions are made off these athletes ability, but that don’t get a penny. In my opinion, I think it’s unfair. The NCAA calls these athletes amateurs and they should not be paid or any extra benefits given to them. Let’s say you have a wide receiver that is being projected to be drafted in the 1st Round, 3rd pick of the NFL Draft, but he doesn’t think he is ready and want’s to use his last year of eligibility. Your star wide receiver gets hurt in the middle of the season and the injury is something that could possibly cause him problems for the rest of his life. The University is going to attempt to get that player back to 100%, but the injury could possibly come up again. Now this star wide receiver that was projected to go in the 1st Round of the NFL Draft the previous year is going to have NFL Scouts thinking if they want to gamble with a wide receiver that could have this injury come up again. It’s time for he NFL Draft and that same wide receiver doesn’t get drafted, invited to any camp or team tryout. What is this athlete supposed to do? Yes, he does have a degree, but he doesn’t have any money saved to help him get started.

I feel that a certain percentage of the money that the University makes off of these athletes should be given to them. The NCAA could hire a financial advisor for each team so in the case that the athlete doesn’t get drafted or invited to any tryouts he has some money set aside to help the athlete get on his feet and on the job hunt. If a player gets drafted, he would no longer receive any benefits from the University because he has been drafted. If a player is drafted, but is cut from a teams roster, then the University would allow the individual to use a portion of the money provided by the University to help the athlete get on their feet.

Now I know you are saying that all Universities don’t make the same revenue. In my opinion, it doesn’t matter. The NCAA could set a certain percentage for each School or University. Now you’re asking yourself, what about the different Divisions, they don’t make the same revenue. Again, depending on your what Division the athlete participates in and what University they attend, that would be up to the NCAA. Of course, the NCAA would have to get with all of the presidents of the different Universities and they would have to agree to what that percentage would be.

I hope that by this point that you aren’t bored from me talking about football, but if you made it to this point, thank you for reading. I know I talked about a lot of stuff, but that’s the way I feel on college athletes being paid. It doesn’t matter what the sport is, the athlete should be given a certain percentage of what the University brings in whether you’re on scholarship or not. As I said before, this my opinion, a REGULAR. I would like some feedback from you guys. Do you think that College Athletes should be paid? You can reply here or on my Facebook. I would like to hear how you feel about this issue. I’m looking forward to your opinion.

 

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