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It seems like every year there is either a team or big-time player who gets busted for receiving benefits from a booster.
With the industry of collegiate sports growing more and more each year, so do the temptations that the student athletes have to face.
The issue of players getting paid for their performance or making money from their signatures has created a question that nobody quite knows how to answer yet.
It seems that many are making money off of these athletes, but the athletes themselves don’t receive a cent.
This needs to change, but it is a sticky subject because with any solution, somebody is going to find a loophole and take advantage of the situation.
This issue has been a topic of discussion for a while now, but it really hit the spotlight when Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel was accused of signing jerseys for money.
Since then, all of the big names in the sports broadcasting network have jumped in and given their two cents on the subject.
Former Duke basketball player and current basketball analyst Jay Bilas explained what he thought should be changed.
“I’m not advocating paying college athletes a salary, but rather allowing stipends and other benefits, including endorsement deals,” he said. “It’s a mental hurdle to get over the purity of college
athletics, but allowing extra benefits would remove much of the corruption in athletics.”
I agree with his argument because it’s common knowledge that these athletes are getting hundred dollar handshakes and receiving benefits anyway. Why not just even the playing field and stop
wasting our time trying to crucify players for taking a cut they actually deserve to get? It is time that others get their hand out of the cookie jar and leave some room for the student athletes to
get what is theirs.
The grueling schedule of a D1 athlete leaves no time for a job, so what are these college students supposed to do? It only seems logical that they would seek out boosters.
People like Johnny Manziel kind of ruin this argument because he comes from a wealthy family, and he wasn’t getting the extra cash so he could afford all his meals that week.
The majority of the time a player gets in trouble, it is because he or she is actually in need of money.
Scottie Bordelon, a sports writer who has written many articles on this issue, makes a point that is hard to argue with.
The NCAA says college football players must stay at the collegiate level for two years before they declare for the NFL. These standout players often feel they are wasting their time playing for free in college when they could be making millions in the business of the NFL.
If money were given to these players while they were at school, it would reduce the number of athletes ducking out of school early just because of financial reasons.
“The payments would be an incentive for the student-athletes to stay in school and finish their degrees,” Bordelon said.
There has been more than enough talk and uprising about the issue that it almost seems crazy to think some change won’t come in the future.
With big names like Bilas leading the charge, these large institutions and the NCAA may have to fork over money and give it back to the student athletes who produced the income.