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Money and College Sports

Discussion in 'Sports' started by dannyboy, Jan 25, 2014.

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  1. dannyboy

    dannyboy Member Founding Member Top Thread

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    Do you think it is fair that universities make money off of their athletes, yet they punish athletes who accept money or gifts for themselves.
     
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    Flexin Admin Staff Member Founding Member Top Event

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    No I don't and its a sore spot for me. To be a top athlete, a student has to train hard. Sometimes they are getting full scholarships but they still need money to live. If you come from a low income family it is not easy. I don't see why they can't earn money off their hard work.

    James
     
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    dannyboy Member Founding Member Top Thread

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    Exactly. College life is very expensive. I just feel the athletes should be paid if the universities are going to generate money off them.
     
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    Flexin Admin Staff Member Founding Member Top Event

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    They definitely should. With the training on top of the studying, do you really want them working down at the book store or McDonalds? You bring them in for their talents on the field in most cases. Letting them earn money for those talents gives them more time to train and study.

    It is a win for everyone in my opinion.

    They might get a better education.
    They can improve their fitness and skills.
    They can end up doing better on the field. That will help them on draft day as well as make the school look good. This brings in the next round of top students.

    James
     
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    rosa Active Member Top Contributor

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    I think it's very unfair to have student strain so hard and put their whole heart in a sport and not get some form of encouragement knowing that so much is made from these games each year. Some people will argue that if these college students are being paid, then lower level students should also be paid. We should never forget that at the college level these guys have a greater responsibility to themselves as most of them play with the hope of attracting a contract. Their fans also look forward to them doing their best and so they play hard to prove themselves. Most of them struggle to pay their tuition and I believe that they should be paid.
     
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    I think university athletes (NCAA) should be reimbursed and given a salary. They traing ALOT and risk their bodies for nothing. Slave labor if you ask me.
     
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    Well lets look at it this way...

    To be someone who your college will make money off of, you have to be pretty good. If you are pretty good, there's a huge chance that you will be getting a scholarship of some sort, maybe even a full ride. Depending on which college you go to, that can be 10-20k a year that you do not have to pay because of said scholarship. I think that this much money a year is plenty for a college athlete not to earn, but not to have to pay.
     
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    But that doesn't cover other costs. They have to study for class like the other students and train as well. It wouldn't give them money to live. I feel that getting jobs working for sponsors.

    James
     
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    I don't think it is fair. I think they should loosen the rules a little bit and allow student athletes, who mostly come from less privileged families, to get some form of compensation.
     
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    I do realize that, but that's what being an athlete in college is all about. They are giving themselves the opportunity to become pro and make millions, so they should be putting in the hard work for themselves and not for their college to get paid. I'm not a college athlete, but I still find the time to go to class, make sure I stay in shape, have a social life, and play intramural sports... Does that mean I shouldn't have to pay the 15k I do to go to school?
     
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    The problem here is that in sports like football and basketball, athletes HAVE to go to college before even being allowed to enter the professional level. Many of these athletes have no desire to go to college and are only there to go pro, so they major in areas that have absolutely no use in the real world just because they're easy. Also, this requires them to remain immune to any sort of injury for their entire college career; if they get hurt, it hurts their draft stock, and they're risking their careers for absolutely no reason.

    If you don't want to pay college athletes in some manner, just let them go pro right out of high school and be done with it.
     
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    I definitely agree with you. I think that the only reason why guys are restricted from going pro straight out of high school is so that these institutions can continue making money off of college athletes. It doesn't benefit the athlete at all and also raises the risk of getting hurt.
     
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    These kids are given a full scholarship which is worth thousands upon thousand of dollars. I don't think athletes should get paid in school, but what should happen in that schools should have a 10 year window that the athlete is allowed to finish his degree. This way, they can still have a course load while playing, hit the pros but then still can get an education if they don't make the big bucks they hoped for in the pros. Paying athletes will mean that other sports that give scholarships to athletes will cease to exist and then you will ultimately have less kids going to college.
     
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    They have to be in shape on another level. Plus I'm sure they would have a lot of time devoted to practice. Why shouldn't they be allowed to get paid by companies that feel they have a bright future ahead of them?

    Here is a question for you. If you are in college/university and are doing big things with computers, can Google or another big company shower you in cash and gifts to try to convince you to go work for them when you are done?

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    It isn't the school paying them. They are not allowed to get gifts or money from teams, agents and so on. They can still get go get a job at Dicks or Ihop if they want. I don't feel it is right that they can't make money off their hard earned work.

    The NCAA says that they can't get anything that the general public can't get. That means the parents can't get a discount because they have a child that people think that might go number one in the draft. That would mean hotel, food and so on.

    But can the Med and computer students receive these gifts?

    James
     
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    I agree. But it isn't for no reason. They are pretty much auditioning for a spot on a pro team. They can move up and down as far as worth goes come draft day. But like you said, they can get injured while doing it and it can in some cases be career ending.

    James
     
  17. CharlotteHornetsFan

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    No I believe that it is completely wrong! They make so much money and exploit these athletes and give them nothing in return! If you are going to make millions off of someone at least give them a little compensation.
     
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    You mean other than the $100,000 FREE education?
    What do you think will happen when the athletes start to get paid? Do you know what the domino effect is?
    Scholarships to women's sports will disappear...why? money has to go to the male athlete teams that people want to see like basketball, football, baseball.
    What else? Do you think they will be giving away volleyball or tennis scholarships anymore? Nope, funding for everything that doesn't generate money will disappear.
    Let kids will get a full ride to a top school, because we need to support future millionaires with more money while playing in school.
    If there is so much concern for the student athlete, take out the school aspect and start a farm system for basketball or football. Kids get drafted at 16 in hockey and play in the OHL and still go to school. When they get drafted they go into a team's farm system. You do that and thousands of kids that would have a shot at college to play in basketball and football will lose out too because there are toms of colleges and universities but if a farm system begins, those spots will dosappear and more kids will stay in the hood as opposed to getting out and having a shot at something.
    Everyone bemoans the big bad schools making money off these kids...but nobody wants to stare down the rabbit hole to see what happens if money needs to be paid out.
     
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    I also think that Colleges should pay all their athletes. College athletes generate loads of revenue for colleges all around the United States and they should be compensated for their hard work. I think that it's just a wrong for colleges to keep the revenue that the athletes help generate.
     
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    Welcome to Gearhead Central @CharlotteHornetsFan

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