This has been in the news with tons of articles representing both points of view.
What do you think? Should college athletes be paid? Should they be unionized? What impact do you believe this will have on the tuition rates for the rest of students?
Here is a sampling of articles popping up in recent news feeds:
What a college athlete is worth on the open market (CNBC)
NCAA Lobbies College Administrators To Make Student Athlete Unions Sound Awful (Huffington Post)
Former Football Player: Unionization Threatens Integrity of College Athletics (Washington Free Beacon)
Adrian Peterson is missing the point: Compensating college athletes isn't answer, and question isn't only about money (ESPN Commentary)
AFL-CIO chief: Athletic unions will push schools forward (Evanston SunTimes)
If the sport was self sustaining, For example they charged $20 per ticket and made millions a year I do not see why the players should not get something for working what I am sure is the equivalent at least of a full time job. However, I do not believe they should take from other departments in order to pay for the football time.
As for a union I am not sure. There is a lot of corruption in the unions I am familiar with.
OT - Missy, It is good to see you posting here. I had not seen anything from you in awhile and had wondered where you went.
No they should not be able to unionize. Terrible idea.
On the subject of pay? I am a little more up in the air on this, I could be swayed on them getting paid because they do bring in a ton of money to the university. But I also think those on scholarship should consider their education to be a payment
Molly, Morgan, Mia and Carson
I don't think they should be paid or be able to unionize. It is NOT a job. You are playing a school sport. That's it.
Mom to Elizabeth (6) and Corinne (4)
1)College athletes are typically given a full-ride (or near one) for tuition, room and board in exchange for their commitment to play their sport for the university... even if they end up riding the bench.
2)The top athletes *are* receiving elite training which will help maximize their marketability for continuing in their sport professionally IF that is what they choose.
3)The education that they receive *should* be their primary purpose for being at the university to develop a career -- not just to play as only a small % go on to play professionally.
4)IF colleges/universities begin to pay to play, the only sports most likely to make it will be football and basketball. Others will likely be forced to be cut. Additionally, since football remains dominated by male athletes (which I don't disagree with), that means that many more female athletes will be left in the cold and now -- with no scholarships as well.
5)The only way to help cover all these additional costs will be to force tuition rates up for everyone... incl. the athletes who now would be viewed as 'employees'. As education costs rise, fewer will be able to afford to attend. This, naturally dominoes into a less educated work force.
6)Yes, some college athletic programs that excel do bring in mega-bucks. Along with that, however, there are also mega-expenses for increased travel, advertising, trainers, coaches, uniforms, athletic facilities (stadiums, training rooms/facilities, etc. The revenue that is brought in goes to continuing to fund and improve not only all of the above but also to be used for other needs at the university -- expanding / updating academic programs and facilities that benefit the WHOLE student body as well as the community as a whole. If the expenses skyrocket to pay athletes, trust that those improvements are less likely.
7)Fans could also expect higher costs at the gate... pricing many out from attending.
8 )At what point does this mentality stop? High school athletes put in a lot of time, effort, etc. Shouldn't they get paid? If they get paid -- why not middle school? Elementary. While not at the same level, many schools do now charge an admittance fee to attend games as a fundraiser to help cover costs and make improvements for the schools. If this idea spirals, why shouldn't that same philosophy be applied to these young athletes who are also taking the risks / putting in the time?
9)In the end, only those 'elite' programs will survive. The smaller colleges / universities will be priced out of the competition and unable to offer athletic programs at their schools.
Again, the NCAA has room for improvement and *should* review their policies to ensure student athletes are protected... (as should those governing high school and below.) Paying though will *cost* everyone far too much -- imho.
Last edited by MissyJ; 04-16-2014 at 11:48 AM.