Pay for Play? Craig lucas

According to D. Thomas of the NCAA’s official website, more than 150,000 college athletes receive 2.4 million dollars in athletic scholarships each year. The average college student graduates college with $35,200 in student loan debts. College athletes don’t have to worry about graduating college and paying off student loan debts because athletic scholarships offset those costs.

Ralph Russo, a writer for AP, writes that in 2015 the NCAA approved the beginning of stipends paid to athletes to help bridge the gap between a scholarship and the full cost of going to school. Depending on the school this means an athlete could receive anywhere between $1,500 and $6,000 as an extra “bonus” on top of their scholarship. Being able to receive a free education, not worry about student loan debt and receiving a stipend is considered payment to athletes by many people who believe that college athletes shouldn’t receive compensation for their play.

In an article by Sara Ganim, Mark Emmert, president of the NCAA, voiced his concerns about the idea by saying that if college athletes were to start being paid, many schools would be forced to leave Division-1 Athletics. Emmert is also concerned that the universities that stayed in Division-1 would have to start cutting other, less profitable, sports to pay salaries. In a USA Today story in July 2013, Only 23 out of 228 Division 1 athletic programs managed to run a surplus in the 2012 athletic year

Mark Murphy, Director of Athletics at Northwestern University, states that “all student-athletes should be treated the same and Football and Basketball players shouldn’t be treated any differently.” Mark Murphy then goes on to say “[paying college athletes] would cause problems, particularly from a gender equity standpoint.” When Mark mentions “gender equity” he is referring to the Title IX federal regulations that state that the federal government will cut federal funding to a college if they discriminate on the basis of gender. Paying male college athletes more than female college athletes could be seen as discrimination.

According to Matt Velure, a writer for Bleacher Report, if college athletes were to start being paid then the price of tuition would increase for all the other students. A rise in tuition would make it very difficult and very unfair for the other students because a higher tuition could cause some students to lose their opportunities to receive a higher education after high school.

Walter Camp, known as the father of American Football, wrote in his 1893 handbook on college sports that “A gentleman never competes for money” that college athletes should continue to be viewed as students, not professional athletes or employees entitled to paychecks (Majerol 14-15). College Athletes should not be paid because they already receive numerous financial benefits that normal students do not receive, some colleges and universities’ athletic departments would struggle with being able to pay athletes and not shut down some of their other programs, and it would be unfair to make students pay higher tuition so that the payment of the athletes could be covered.

Works Cited

Thomas, D. "Benefits to College Student-Athletes." - The Official Site of the NCAA.

N.p., 03 Jan. 2014. Web. 29 Mar. 2017. <>.

Ganim, Sara. "NCAA Chief Mark Emmert: Paying College Athletes Would Hurt Traditions." CNN.

Cable News Network, 19 June 2014. Web. 29 Mar. 2017. <>.

Meshefejian, Krikor. “College Athletes Should Not Be Paid.” Sports and Athletes:

Opposing Viewpoints. Christine Watkins. E.d. San Diego: Greenhaven, 1999. 95-100. Print.

Majerol, Veronica. “Should College Athletes Be Paid?” The New York Times Upfront.

15 March 2017: 14-15. Print.

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