The University of Cincinnati soccer team defeated the University of Memphis 49-10 on Saturday, October 31, 2020 at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati.
College athletes attract millions of dollars that are given to many places except themselves. This issue has raised a hotly debated point: Should college athletes get paid?
With celebrity supporters and points advocating and rejecting a “pay-to-play” college sports system, the debate remains hot.
Currently, student athletes work under the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), a private, nonprofit organization that does not allow its players to profit from their name, image, or likeness for the time being.
This will change for NCAA athletes in the state of California in 2023, which means they can benefit from social media, in-person appearances, and other third-party referrals. This change was brought about by the Fair Pay to Play Act, which however does not allow student athletes to be paid by their universities.
The Supreme Court is currently embroiled in an ongoing case about the future of college athletes and their potential financial revenue. At the moment, the gym weighs The News Record.
Owen Racer – reporter
Though low, 60.8% of interns were paid in 2019. University athletes are also young professionals. Pay them. Additionally, the NCAA inhaled $ 165.23 million in 2020, while the National Football League devoured over $ 15 billion in 2019. Now are you telling me that some of this money cannot be taken and distributed to the future generation of the prestigious sport?
College athletes move from a “star” high school kid who is being told by recruits they are the future of the sport to a young adult who is thrown onto a campus with a 50-hour week . This drastic change brings problems: mentally, physically and financially.
In addition to the mental strain, many college athletes don’t have the time to work part-time due to their rigorous training regimen. What if a hopeful professional athlete suffers an injury before graduating from college? They are not being drafted and have only spent 4+ years making no income while devoting their lives to their prestigious sport which they now deny.
Logan Lusk – Sports Editor
There’s a reason the prospect of paying college athletes is hotly debated. Both sides have a more than valid perspective and it really just comes down to how you would feel if you were put in the shoes of a sports student.
When I try to put myself in these shoes, it seems hard to be against payment – at least to some extent. Because of this, I tend to agree with the Fair Pay to Play Act. Here’s the thing, yes, some programs as a whole bring in a lot of money, but it is usually a select handful of athletes who are the most influential and bring in many of those dollars.
The university shouldn’t put more money into its sports programs by paying every single athlete. Many of these students are already receiving free education and the sports departments, including the University of Cincinnati, are well in the red.
However, I believe that student athletes should make money outside of university – through social media deals and third party sponsorship – and make the Fair Pay to Play Act a good compromise for student athletes and their respective schools.
Aaron Sary – reporter
The point about interns is great. At the end of the day, when an agency profits from your work, you deserve a piece of the cake you helped bake.
Even if the university cannot pay athletes directly, athletes should be able to market themselves off-field and benefit in that area. Whether through a YouTube channel, Instagram account or personal merch shop – players deserve the chance to make money and expand their personal brand.
With this in mind, schools should offer personal branding courses taught by past or current professional athletes and experts so that players can learn how to make money through marketing on their own.
Not every athlete has a financially stable background, which can be problematic if they have to go to school before turning a pro. With a full course load and several hours of training per day, it is extremely difficult to find a job. These players need the ability to make money simply to support themselves.
Bottom line; Let the kids play and let the kids get paid.
Landon Bartlett – staff reporter
Paying college athletes is a touchy subject because I don’t think the NCAA can make everyone happy. I think college athletes make an income, but the path to get there is not yet perfected.
If you’re giving the same income to all athletes in the NCAA, then sports like soccer and basketball will likely want easier because they bring in a larger fraction of the income. If you distribute income by revenue, athletes in smaller sports can get upset about the unequal pay. Then we have the discussion of disparity in the various departments of the NCAA.
I’m not sure there is a fair and effective solution to this problem, and I don’t think the NCAA can make any progress on paying athletes, at least for the foreseeable future. Scholarships, meal plans, and equipment will most likely have to be enough.
I’m not here to say college athletes don’t deserve to be paid. I think the work they do can be the same or more arduous than the typical student job. That said, without a way to make everyone happy, I don’t think it’s worth the fight.