Pay for Play

Image result for ohio state footballAmericans have become obsessed, obsessed with sports that is. Whether its professional or collegiate level, Americans are hooked to this form of entertainment and can’t get enough of it. The revenue made by these industries is only a small testament to its popularity and the value it has on our society. They generate huge profits each year that in turn goes to the players, coaches, and members of the organization. While this is the case for professional sports, the same can’t be said for collegiate level athletics.

Over the past few decades, collegiate level sports have become just as popular and competitive as professional sports while also generating large profits. In the 2014 fiscal year, the NCAA generated $989 million in revenue! While this is nowhere near the NFL’s annual revenue of a whopping $7.3 billion, they are still both lucrative organizations that generate a good amount of business. The difference is that college players who represent their colleges and universities, and are the stars of their team and the reason why people watch, do not get compensated for their major role in bringing revenues to their schools.

This is a serious topic that has been in the news as of a late. Many people have their own viewpoints and have created their own opinions on this subject. CNN recently did a special asking whether the should be paid or not. They list just a few of the many reasons why they should be paid.

Student athletes are the heart and soul of the NCAA. Without the players they would not  be able to generate the amount of profits they do now. Players are constantly practicing and putting in time and effort for their team and are receiving no payment for it. Not only do they put their bodies through an intense amount of training and work, but they also put themselves at risk to injuries when practicing or playing the game. It is estimated that between the years 2009 through 2014, around 1,053,370 injuries occurred amongst college athletes during practices and during the games. This goes to shows how playing a college sport can be dangerous and how the players are taking a risk every time they step onto the field.

Not only can playing a sport be dangerous, but it is also time consuming. Although they may be athletes, they are also students. They have to deal with all the same things normal students go through such as going to class and maintaining grades but then they also must keep up with practices and other team events. Due to the tight schedules, college athletes are not able to have a job during the season because it will take away for their practice time.

Below is a live interview of two different student athletes here at JMU. In this audio, they discuss what their normal week looks like and how much free time they have.

Both Jonna and Griffen are constantly practicing through out the week. This barely leaves them with any time to themselves and certainly doesn’t leave room for a job as they both said during the interview.  They both said that their sport was their job and they didn’t have time for anything else. Seeing the lifestyle that athletes live shows how they should receive some sort of salary or compensation for the time they put into their team.

This has become such a big issue that people have created a twitter account to bring awareness to the subject.

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This tweet feature a depiction of unpaid athletes vs. their coaches…

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You can see the amount of effort that goes into maintaining your education along with a sport…

Playing a sport in college is a lot to handle. From grades to practices, college athletes put in serious amount of time and effort while the NCAA just sits back and watch as the money flows in. The players are the stars and the reason for their revenue yet receive no compensation. The should receive payment for the things they do for the business.




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