Date: 2017-03-15 01:46
Contrary to what all the opponents believe, being an athlete is a full-time job. On a typical day, a player will wake up before classes, get a lift or conditioning session in, go to class until 8 or 9 ., go to practice, go to mandatory study hall, and then finish homework or study for a test.
The perceived unfairness of those rules has spurred critics to demand a radical overhaul. It is time, they say, to give the players &ldquo the employees&rdquo regular wages or salaries. Broadly speaking, there are three common objections to this idea:
Sports Illustrated claims there is no way to pay athletes what research indicates they are worth. After all, college athletics doesn't generate a profit. The problem with this approach is that decision-makers in college sports don't have much of an incentive to generate profits.
Ultimately, we, as leaders in higher educational institutions, must find sustainable solutions that realign this imbalance, and in the process improve the quality of the student experience for the benefit of all.
O'BANNON: My friend, he says, what's crazy about this is, you know, we paid - I don't know - a hundred dollars or whatever for the game and you didn't see any of it. You didn't get a dime. When he said it, I felt like I had been kicked.
I am not writing this blog post to bemoan the excesses of big-time Division I athletics, but I would like to take this opportunity to extol the benefits of Division III sports for schools like ours.
All student athletes are eligible regardless of the sport they are engaged in. The student must be a high school senior or be attending a post secondary institute.
The top college basketball teams face off next week in the NCAA tournament. And, a panel of judges will hear arguments over whether colleges should be allowed to pay basketball and football players.
Let me declare up front I wouldn't be the slightest bit interested in distributing the funds equitably or even paying every college athlete. I'm interested in seeing the people who produce the revenue share a teeny, tiny slice of it. That's right, football and men's basketball players get paid lacrosse, field hockey, softball, baseball, soccer players get nothing. You know what that's called? Capitalism. Not everything is equal, not everything is fair. The most distinguished professor at the University of Alabama won't make $ million in his entire tenure in Tuscaloosa Nick Saban will make that this year. So I don't want to hear that it's "unfair" to pay the quarterback of Alabama more than all the sociology students in the undergraduate college.
But you can 8767 t put a price-tag on the opportunity a student-athlete attending a school in the SEC, Big Ten, or other major conference receives when it comes to the connections they 8767 ll make representing their university on the football field or basketball court.