Recently, the sports world has tried to bring up the idea of paying NCAA athletes for their efforts on the ice, court, and field. I don’t care if the NCAA can afford to pay each one of its athletes because they are already being paid with a free education.
Lets put this in perspective. A student with no athletic ability is enrolled in a university that costs anywhere from forty to sixty thousand dollars a year. College is such a large expense because it is considered by many to be an investment. By giving your university full years tuition you are paying for the education, connections, and publicity.
When a student eventually applies for a job, the university you attended will strike employers. They’ll say, “Wow this kid is the bees knees, he worked really hard, and he went to school XYZ. Maybe we should hire him.” And boom! You’re making 60’k out of school all thanks to your college for preparing you. Oh! And what did your college pay you? NOTHING! This exact philosophy can be applied to the college athlete.
By attending college and playing a sport an athlete gets to flaunt their skills, and talents. These big time schools with great programs are allowing athletes to showcase their skills to professional teams. They work to convince sports organizations to invest millions of dollars in their abilities, just like the normal college student is studying to show employers that he’s worth a salary. The only difference is that college athletes get to fight for employment for free, while students attending for academics have to pay tuition.
Athletes also claim something along the lines of, “Oh, I play a physical sport and risk injuring myself every day. If I’m hurt then what am I going to do with my life?” Ill tell you stranger! STUDY and you’ll have a real job with an income. Let me remind you that these kids are attending college. The definition of college is an educational institution or establishment, in particular. It is also fair to point out that not all athletes are going to make it big in the NBA, NHL, MLB, or NFL. With a free education all a student has to do is follow a path, graduate, and make a living. The college athlete acts as if school is only for playing the sport, they need to be reminded that they aren’t playing sports for free, they’re going to school for free.
By David Arakelian @DavSosa_