Post by edmontongm on Feb 28, 2006 16:11:42 GMT -5
I don't believe NCAA student-athletes (nor Olympians or any other amateur athlete) should receive money above and beyond standard expenses to compete. There is a reason why they are supposed to be amateur status.
Then again, there are a lot of problems with western society, so it won't surprise me when the definition between amateur and professional is blurred so much.
Post by Nashville Predators on Feb 28, 2006 19:37:07 GMT -5
A lot of the athletes at the Olympic games, both summer and winter, are professional athletes. They travel the world playing in world championship after championship and make a lot of money off of sponsors.
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Post by Eric - Washington GM on Feb 28, 2006 20:40:02 GMT -5
I think NCAA athletes should receive some sort of compensation. I don't really look at the NCAA as amatuer anymore, so I'll be only referring to the NCAA when I say this.
Universities make so much money off of college sports, they also make so much money off of tuition, they also make so much money off of donations. To be fair, I'm sure it takes quite an amount of money to run a university.
NCAA sports also are a potential reason for certain school's popularity. If Notre Dame or Penn State never had football teams, I don't think they'd have as many applications sent their way.
The typical NCAA Student Athlete doesn't have much time to work a job during the school year. For that matter most of the year, since training is mostly year round nowadays.
NCAA Athletes make a lot of money for their schools. If Matt Lienhart, Reggie Bush or Vince Young were able to have marketed themselves this past year with jersey's, trading cards, and other endorsements, they could have already made a living. Did they? No, Could they? No. Instead, the already rich directors, board members and other higher ups benefitted from the hard work of 18-22 year old students playing sports.
I think it's time. Especially in this day and age that NCAA Athletes receive some sort of compensation for their hard work. The structure of sports and more importantly college sports have changed.
Post by edmontongm on Feb 28, 2006 22:22:15 GMT -5
I believe NCAA student-athletes are amateur athletes. What you're talking about is the exploitation of these students. Is it fair or right? Absolutely not. Is the only way to prevent said exploitation by giving those being exploited a piece of the pie? Maybe.
It's also (as I stated above) western society's problem on a whole.
They shouldn't be paid as in receiving a pay check...but they should receive some sort of financial support. I'm sure the schools would want their athletes dedicated to training and school over working a job somewhere to pay bills.