In the recent years, many former athletes have been speaking out against the NCAA for not paying its players. Ed O'Bannon is the man who is taking the NCAA to court. The case has made it's way to the Supreme Court. After looking at the case, the Supreme Court denied the hearing for Ed O'Bannon vs. the NCAA, but it is still a major debate today. Ed O'Bannon is still advocating for paying student athletes.
College Athletes Should Not Be Paid
By Paying Athletes, They Would Not Focus On Academics.
- Only 2% of college athletes play professional sports.
- That other 98% of athletes have to fall back on their degree.
This chart shows how many Division I athletes go pro each year.
- If the athletes are earning a salary, they would not worry about going to class.
How Much Would Athletes Be Making If They Were Paid
- A four year athlete with a salary around $100,000 would make around $208,204 after taxes when he graduates.
- A five year athlete with the same salary would make $243,900 after taxes at the end of his collegiate career.
- Not many people with a full time job will ever have a salary that large.
Players Need Something To Fall Back On, Should Their Athletic Career Fail.
Photo of Antoine Walker while playing for the Boston Celtics.
- Antoine Walker, a former NBA player, had around $108 million when he retired.
- Two years later, he filed for bankruptcy.
- If college athletes have something to fall back on, then they would have a means of making money if their career ends.
- If athletes are better educated financially, then they could create a savings account, or invest in some stocks.
"The best argument against paying players is that it diminishes the value of education." - Bob Knight
Photo of Bob Knight while coaching at the University of Indiana.
If The NCAA Pays College Athletes, Then Not All Athletes Would Get Paid
- The NCAA would not be able to provide a salary to every sport.
- Basketball and Football players would be the only sports able to provide a salary.
No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance- Title IX
- Paying college athletes would violate Title IX.
- Women's athletics would not receive enough money to provide salaries to its athletes.
- Sports that earn less money, such as baseball, swimming, hockey, and wrestling would not be paid.
- The NCAA Division II and Division III schools would not make enough money to pay their athletes.
College Athletes Do Not Need Anymore Money Because Of The Benefits They Receive
- Many college athletes receive money from scholarships
- Most athletes are provided with free clothing
- Athletes are given a free meal ticket
- Most athletes do not have to pay for Room and Board
Student Athletes Do Not Need To Be Paid