I don’t know who said it best:
- AC/DC with Money Talks.
- Abba with Money Money Money.
- The Steve Miller Band with Take The Money and Run.
- The O’Jays with For The Love of Money.
But it’s probably:
- The Notorious B.I.G. with Mo’ Money Mo’ Problems.
There have been SO many problems with colleges, college athletes, and their money. This probably goes as far back as collegiate athletics. This isn’t a new problem.
How do we fix it?
Do we pay college athletes?
Do we single out which college athletes are special enough to pay?
It’s not an easy decision on what to do, but something needs done. My opinion is that college athletes do not need ANY additional pay. No way. No how. Not a chance. Why? Well, where do I start?
- Division I football and basketball players all get full-tuition scholarships as well as room and board, and books. That is what their scholarship is, a “full-ride.” That is a substantial amount of money going to an 18-22 year old student-athlete.
- Division I – other sports, Division II, Division III, NAIA, and JUCO student-athletes get little (if any) athletic monies — especially in comparison to their Division I counterparts. Do they get paid too?
- How is it done fair? How do you continue to monitor it? How do you ensure it falls within the Title IX guidelines?
Those are just a few. I am sure I can come up with more. Basically, I don’t think it should be done because it would be SO hard to do. There’s already SO much money involved in education-based athletic programs, why continue to throw more money that way?
These Division I student-athletes claim they need money to pay bills. I am sure there are some bills they do need help with, health insurance, mainly. But what other bills? Rent? Car insurance? Cell phone? Food? Those all can be managed. Live on campus! It is already given to you! Schools should (can and do) require people receiving certain scholarship amounts to live on campus. You live on campus and eat cafeteria food just like the other students at your institution. Not everyone NEEDS a car or cell phone, do without to save money.
If you support paying college student-athletes, read this article. To me, it is excellent. It draws a real-life example. It puts figures out there. It is factual.
If these student-athletes receive money that the NCAA and conferences provide, there will be NOTHING fixed. We’ll still run into the Terrelle Pryors. We’ll still have the Maurice Clarretts. There will still be SMU football incidents. Alex Groza and Ralph Beard will just replaced by another “Jim” and “John.” The only difference, these amateur athletes will now be allowed to receive money from “authorities.”
If you want things to change, the NCAA needs to reform. Or, take athletics out of ALL educational institutions and privatize them — it’ll never happen. Better just hope the NCAA reforms to make these rules and regulations a lot less clearer than mud.