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.
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.
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.