While many people think that college athletes live the life of luxury, many people overlook all of the time and energy they have to invest in their sport. This time commitment makes it almost impossible for athletes to do anything outside of studying, practicing, and playing, raising the question, "should these athletes be paid?", which is the question I will research.
With the tremendous amounts of money made through these athletic programs many people find it crazy to not pay the athletes themselves.
Clemson averages 20 million dollars in football ticket sales/ year. Photo taken by me September 10th.
However, this money is not fairly distributed.
"So many people made money off of Alabama-Clemson except for the payers."- USA Today
Currently, schools try to make up for this by offering athletes different scholarships and a collection of free things.
Athletes themselves have also spoken out about how these perks don't compensate properly for the time and effort they put into their sport. For example, Richard Sherman talks about his lack of money during his time as a student athlete.
To continue my research, I plan to watch more videos, conduct interviews, read articles, and research data bases to find out more about the commitment by athletes to their programs and where exactly the money generated through these programs is distributed.
Timeline of events
By March 11th I will understand all of the statistics including what money comes in and where it is distributed. I will research the money made by the league, the NCAA, and Clemson University.
By March 25th i will have all of my interviews conducted and understand what players contribute to their sports. This includes interviews with players here and with my brother, who plays division one football at a different university.
By April 1st I will have an argument ready and supported by a multitude of evidence.
Some key challenges will include finding the correct up to date numbers for revenue, and finding the exact places the money these programs bring in go.
College athletics is a problem because of the insufficient distribution of money and I plan to investigate current trends and possible solutions.
Clemson Football Why We Work 2016 (Championship Edition). Youtube. Clemson Tigers, n.d. Web.
Here's Why the NCAA Should Pay College Football Players. Youtube. THE HERD, n.d. Web.
How Much Gear in a Year? Youtube. Clemson Tigers, n.d. Web.
Richard Sherman: Student Athlete Education. Youtube. Rickie Edison, n.d. Web.