For example, the “Flutie effect” is used to describe a surge in college admission following a big sports win.
Coaches receive bonuses for breaking records, reaching the offseason, and winning the big games; the athletes receive none of it, writes Tyson Hartnett for Huff Post.
Most profits from college athletics do not go toward academics.
Since we’re in the heart of March Madness, now is a great time to debate whether college student-athletes should be paid or not.
People who think college student-athletes should be paid often say the students’ names and images are used on products and in advertising, among other things, so they should receive some of the profits.
College student-athletes are given a rare opportunity.
It’s difficult to earn a position on a college team.How do you quantify the true worth of a college sports team, especially if it’s making the school much more popular overall and bringing in lots of students? The debate over whether student-athletes should be paid could go on and on. Being a college student-athlete is a full-time job, bouncing between the weight room, the court/field, classes, and film sessions.College athletics are extracurricular activities, but the schedules of the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) tournaments require an extended period in which the student-athletes must miss school.This new “business” could also lead to the downfall of other college programs.The money to pay athletes must come from somewhere, which might put the least-popular college programs at risk of being cut.Still, colleges and universities use their athletic success to promote their school and entice potential applicants.Student-athletes would be paid for this and all the additional benefits they provide for their schools.Scholarships often cover most of the student-athletes’ books and room expenses, but even few extra hundred dollars per year could compensate for the lack of time these students have to earn spending money at a regular part-time job, argues Harnett.It’s also important to note that college student-athletes are not only a part of a sports team; they are a part of the college or university’s advertising team.Cash or a salary could be spent on wants rather than necessities, potentially leading the athletes into a debt they would not have with the benefit of a scholarship.Furthermore, those who debate against paying student-athletes say it would change the very nature of college athletics.