Today’s subject isn’t new territory for me, but some of my views have changed slightly. The reason they’ve changed is because I’ve had a lot of time to think about it and I’ve done a little more research than I did in my previous post. This issue is, “Should college athletes be paid?” I still stand firm on my point of view that they should be paid. Here’s where some of my points have changed.
1. With these student athletes being paid, if that is ever incorporated, they should sign a promissory note saying they will give the University of their choice a minimum of 4 years. I don’t want to call it a contract, because they are considered amateurs. Why a minimum of at least 4 years because said University is spending thousands, some times millions on recruiting that individual.
2. Once the individual commits to the University of their choice they would be given 2 options: Option A is a 4 year Athletic/Academic scholarship. Included in the scholarship the student athlete would receive a small stipend for everyday expenses. That stipend would be very low, because everything is being paid for by the University. Option B, the student athlete would be offered 4 years of pay for play. If they choose this option, they would pay for their education. Now with that being said, they would receive enough so that they could pay for tuition, books, room and board, food, rent, etc.
3. How much would the amount for pay for play be? That’s a great question that is hard to answer and would the amount change with the fluctuation of the economy? I say the amount should be agreed upon and in order for it to change, it should have to go through a review and approval process. With the pay for play, can the student athlete be paid for autographs, endorsements, etc.? No, because their focus should be focused on the University and not themselves.
Paying student athletes is a difficult subject because it would be hard to make everyone happy. I’m sure that collegiate athletes right now are getting paid. I say that because how is a player able to pay for a pimped out ride with the works? Their stipend right now isn’t paying for it! In addition to them being paid or taking the scholarship, grades would also be a factor. If you’re failing you would be put on probation and given extra help; however, their stipend would be lowered. In the case of the pay for play, it would be probation and reduction of pay. If that doesn’t motivate them then I don’t know what will.
Keep in mind as you take all this in, this is MY opinion. I would love to hear how you feel on this subject. Leave a comment in the section designated below. Enjoy.