Sunday, March 23, 2014

Should public policy change to require payment for college athletes?

Washington Post:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/colleges/large-majority-opposes-paying-ncaa-athletes-washington-post-abc-news-poll-finds/2014/03/22/c411a32e-b130-11e3-95e8-39bef8e9a48b_story.html

66 comments:

Jake Aperi said...

This is a major issue in the nation today among people and whether or not they think that college athletes should get paid. I personally do not think the public policy should change. I believe so, because college athletes are getting a free education just for their god given talents. They are also receiving free meals and all that while being an athlete. I think if you were to pay college athletes it would cause too many problems among colleges. I also think that the non-athletes that have high grade standards deserve to be paid as well if that is the case. All in all,the policy should not change and the athletes are already granted many privileges, they do not need anymore on top of what they are already getting.

Rachel S. said...

This issue has been one of great debate. I believe that college athletes should continue to not get paid. They already are receiving a free education and should not get paid in addition to that. If colleges were to pay athletes they would have to get the money from somewhere, maybe by hiking tuition for other students or by cutting teachers pay. Both situations are unlikely to happen. The athletes are already getting many benefits, pay should not be one.

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Bryce Anderson said...

The current benefits and spotlight they receive should be enough. Unless they feel like they stand out compared to other players, well that is where pro basketball comes in. Despite whether people believe they should be payed or not; If a member of a team is that passionate for the sport they should play just to show that they love to express, either their desired career or hobby. I would consider them changing public policy maybe if the nine billion a year, non-profit organization, The NFL had to pay federal taxes. So unless an individual goes to college to only play basketball and let their education diminish, I hope there talent is good enough to head to the NBA straight out of either high school or college.

ng said...

This has been an issue of great debate because of how much money the colleges are making off their athletes. Athletes are getting a free education, housing and food. This would cause many problems. Many colleges to compete to get players would raise the prices a lot with tution and college prices. I do not think players should get paid.

Kelsee York said...

I believe in the policy that college athletes should not be paid. Since the majority of them are already receiving a free education, that should be compensation enough. I agree with Jake that if they started paying superior college athletes, they would have to start paying all superior college students in general, which would just get to be obnoxious with all the details. Although, many college athletes are unable to work due to their sport, they are also usually compensated in tuition funds for their schooling. Overall, I do not believe college athletes should be paid.

Justin Jezuit said...

This is a great question. I do not think college players should get payed because they basically live for free. Their scholarships basically are the payments a normal athlete would be payed. Also if the players aren't payed they can put their time into working their way to a paying job. If the player are payed they may lose passion for the sport. Money is not everything. so no the public policy should not be changed.

Tori Navarro said...

This is a topic often debated. I believe the public policy should stay how it is as of right now. I believe if they did get paid they would do it for extrinsic motivations such as the money rather than for the love of the game. They already receive great benefits such as free room and board plus free education for their talents. I believe money could be used for more useful things that will be beneficial to all college students rather just for the athletes more. They also would have to come up with the money to pay the students, which could take away from other things like teachers salary. They also would be more appreciative if they are able to make it pro.

Brittany Yerges said...

This is why I would much rather prefer college sports over professional sports. College players exhibit the passion and love for the game, and an aspect of that is lost when money becomes a factor. Do you think professional players care as much when they lose a game, knowing they get paid either way? In my opinion, no. I would like to hear what the college athletes themselves have to say. I agree with Jake Aperi when he says "I also think that the non-athletes that have high grade standards deserve to be paid as well if that is the case." I think that is a very valid point as well.

Nicholas Staniszewski said...

I think that the policy should be tweaked just a little bit. I think the current system of not paying college athletes should still be in place. There will be too many problems with the system if college athletes get paid in something other than scholarships. This would mean things such as colleges going into a bidding war for a best player and big name schools dominating the way the big farm New York Yankees have versus small farm systems such as the Brewers. Decisions would be made by high school signees, not based on playing for a certain school, but on highest salary. It also might make the sport a little uncompetitive, as athletes now play in order to get noticed and potentially drafted professionally. I do think though, that the policy should be tweaked slightly so that athletes retain scholarships after career ending injuries, and medical expenses be covered for longer after college.

abigail wallace said...

I think that college athletes should not be paid even more. They already are getting great benefits and have their education already paid for. They already have a set career ahead of them and a bright future without having to worry about expenses. Money is not a issue for these athletes and wont ever really be one, so why start paying them now so early into their career?

Cheyenne Mackai said...

While I don't think that college athletes should be paid on a salary, I do think that another system should be put into place to help them support themselves further, like a stipend. Athletes are extremely busy with practice and maintaining a high GPA to remain on scholarship, so they don't have any time to get a job to pay for things they want. If they had a slight "allowance", this would give a chance to pay for things, but not interrupt their study and practice times.

Brandon Glandt said...

This is a major debate in todays day and age, but personally i believe that public policy should change. I think they should get paid because the school is making so much money off the athletes. Being a college athletes is basically like a full time job, so they deserve to get some money in return for their hard work.

Jack Bloomer said...

I do not think public policy should change and have payment be given to college athletes. One reason is that if college athletes are being paid then I feel that their love for the game will diminish. If you look at the NBA, professional athletes are seen as putting in less effort and games are not as exciting to watch. College athletes aren't being paid so they feel they are playing for something much bigger than money. I think that is the reason that college basketball is seen as more entertaining and is seen to be preferred by most basketball fans. I also think that the college athletes are receiving scholarships so it would be unfair for them to be paid as well. I understand that not all athletes receive full scholarships but that's why I think athletes should be able to get a job and be paid that way. From my prior knowledge, I know that college athletes are limited on the amount of work experience and money they can receive from an employer. If you would like to know more information on college athletes and job rules, go to http://www.stanford.edu/~islander/jobrules.html. For the reasons above, I believe that college athletes should not get paid for their athletic work, but they should be able to earn money from a separate employer outside of their athletics.

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Jared Baldwin said...

I think that college athletes should be paid, or at least receive more benefits than they already do. First, the NCAA and all universities are bringing in so much money. The NCAA brings in 11 billion dollars annually. The problem with this is that the athletes are the reason for this money being brought in, and it has been proven that most of the money is not going back into the classroom. Also, there are many colleges that use the athletes as a marketing system. Because of successful sports seasons, there have been universities that have seen a large percentage increase in number of applicants to their university. Although paying these athletes may not be the best solution, they should receive an increase in benefits as it can be proven that, in most cases, they are treated as employees.

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Brandon Bhatti said...

I honestly do not think the public policy should change. The colleges are already doing a lot by giving the student education for free or majorly discounted. There would be way too many problems if the public policy changed. For example would all college athletes be getting paid ? There would just be too many problems. In conclusion this is probably unlikely going to happen since the athletes are already getting their education paid for.

Erika Baldwin said...

I think that there should be some middle ground. Although the athletes are getting a free education in addition to other benefits, I don't think it's right that the NCAA and other organizations are making such a huge amount of money at the players' expense. I'm not sure what the correct solution is, but I don't completely agree with how it is now.

Paul Kremer said...

I do not think that college athletes should be paid an additional salary with their already high benefits. While sports is a large part of college, education is a larger one. Most college athletes do not go on to professional sports because there are few jobs compared to the amount of college athletes. That means that most college athletes will have to get a job after college. If they have more of a tie to sports in college then i believe they will not focus on their education and end up unemployed out of college.

Tony Lopez said...

Many college athletes use college as a way to become noticed by a professional organization such as the NFL or NBA. By paying college athletes, the competitiveness throughout college sports would decrease and in some cases overall effort would drop as well. Many athletes already receive money for their participation in college sports through scholarships to pay for a major part of their schooling. Some of these athletes go through college without having to pay a dime and during this they get an education that can last them past their sports career. With that education being so valuable and possibly leading to a great career outside of sports, I don't believe that this policy should be changed.

Hailee Morin said...

I do not think college athletes should get paid. They are having school paid for them or most of it, they shouldn't be getting paid to play too. I think if they were to get paid they wouldn't try as hard to get noticed by the professional teams because they already have money from playing in college it would be too hard on the school to even come up with the money to pay them because they would have to make cuts to other programs and raise the cost of tuition for other students.

Kaitlyn L said...

This is a good topic for our age group as some of us are entering colleges and experiencing this first hand. I think public policy is controversial while regarding to athletes, but it is ultimately a good thing in my belief. College athletes must have a great amount of talent in order to be even considered on a college sport. College sports are much, much more demanding and intense than high school, so having athletes in colleges have money off their tuition/full scholarships is a great reward for a great amount of hard work.

Joelle Wayer said...

I believe that this public policy should remain the same. Personally, I think that scholarships provide more than enough compensation for college athletes. Those on scholarship are already being paid--in their tuition, housing, and meal plans. The emphasis that is placed on athletics is something that oftentimes frustrates me. While athletic abilities are commendable, they are not everything. It seems that sometimes academic breakthroughs are overshadowed by record breaking games, newly recruited team members, etc. College is intended to enrich the mind, but it also does leave room for the exploration of talents. I think that this athletic exploration should remain just that, as opposed to a job. Leave the compensation for the professional leagues.

GEORGI LLANAS said...

I believe paying college athletes is helpful for the athletes, as only 42% of college athletes actually graduate, but only if the money is used as stipends for school i.e. books, food, or housing. Training along with earning a major and working to pay for college is an extreme stress that many college students face, competing at the college level, especially in Division 1 schools, is an opportunity that involves extreme dedicated and years of commitment.

Evan Jahnke said...

I do not think public policy should change for the payment for college athletes. Athletes are already getting a free education along with free food along with a place to stay. If the policy was changed, there would create a ton of debate like does a player get paid more if he is better, etc. also, it would be unfair to students that work hard to get to the college in the first place who are not paid. In all, public policy should not be changed.

Ashley Olszewski said...

No, I, like several others on here it seems, think that public policy should not change to require payment for college athletes. Many athletes who go on to play a sport for college are getting part or all of their tuition paid for, so they already have an advantage over many other students attending the school. Paying college athletes would be unfair and may also raise the tuition for other students. There's already enough problem with that while having to pay all of the professors, some of whom don't even do much teaching in their subject.

If the student athletes are having that much financial trouble that they need to be paid while receiving part of full scholarships for college, then it's pretty obvious that students who don't have those privileges are having it even worse. A better solution for everyone would be to find a way to lower college tuition in the United States. Why not focus on that instead of paying students with money that could be used to help lower the cost of someone who wants the education but has no way to pay for it?

Nic Blommel said...

I don't think that the college athletes should be paid. They are getting a free education which is like getting paid eighty thousand dollars, and a lot of times they got into a school they never would have without their athletic ability so that's another benefit they get.

Dani Schneider said...

I do not think that the public policy should change regarding college athletes getting paid. These athletes already receive many benefits for their playing time: from free schooling, to free meals, etc. Additionally, by adding money into the picture, the sports are more likely to become corrupted and politic filled. Therefore, for the safety of keeping the sport and the athletes pure, I do not believe public policy should be changed.

Mike Vidmar said...

College athletes getting paid is a huge debate today. I believe public policy should not change. Athletes get scholarships, free food, and other benefits for just being a college teams. For example Wisconsin athletes get free food, free tutors, an education if they have a scholarship, free moped parking, and free gear. Overall athletes get many bonuses and should not be paid. Obviously not all schools make the same profit nor do all sports make the same profit. So it'd be hard to pay all the athletes the same amount and if you schools paid different amounts it wouldn't really be recruiting anymore, it'd be buying athletes.

Jacob arndt said...

I believe it should because even though they are getting their college paid for the people running the NCAA are making millions off of these students talent. Public policy should change in 1 of two ways, either the players should start being paid for their efforts or the people running the NCAA should not profit off of the students so all the money earned by the students should go right back into the schooling system instead of going to NCAA leaders.

Jacob arndt said...

I believe it should because even though they are getting their college paid for the people running the NCAA are making millions off of these students talent. Public policy should change in 1 of two ways, either the players should start being paid for their efforts or the people running the NCAA should not profit off of the students so all the money earned by the students should go right back into the schooling system instead of going to NCAA leaders.

CharissaDahl said...

I believe that college athletes should continue to go unpaid. I think that the scholarships that they receive as well as the recognition for the national leagues is enough. They already have these privileges and if they do go on to national leagues, they are being paid extremely high salaries there. And even if they do not continue on to these leagues their collage is being paid for and after college they can find a job and get paid that way like everyone else does. I think that it would be unfair if they received even more privilege and get paid.

Kelsey Cybell said...

I agree that college athletes should not be paid. With how expensive it is to go to college these days, and many of these athletes receiving huge scholarships, there isn't a need to practically pay them to go to college and play a sport. Other students would have to pay more for the colleges to provide their athletes with a salary. Besides, I've always viewed college as a place for education and learning, rather than athletics.

Justin Latawiec said...

I believe that the policy shouldn't change because they are not professional athletes, they get "paid" in scholarships, and because it is through their school where they also take classes to get degrees in something else. When they move on to a professional league or get a job in their desired field then they will bet paid, it wouldn't make sense for them to get paid in college

Michael Lafferty said...

I don't think college athletes should not be paid. College athletes are given a lot of money for their tuition and they have all sorts of additional benefits from being a collegiate athlete. Yes the college makes money off the players but the players are also benefiting from the college by getting a college degree.

Amy Rothwell said...

I believe that public policy should not change to require payment for college athletes. Like NCAA President Mark Emmert stated, student athletes at the college level play as "part of their educational experience and for the love of their sport — not to be paid a salary.” Many athletes already receive large scholarships and preferred admission to selective schools. Any additional payment would be unprecedented. Although the graduation rate is lower for student athletes and some may argue this payment as additional incentive to graduate, the additional challenges faced from attempting to balance athletics and school are known to these students. This debate also brings forth the debate of passion versus payment. Many prefer college sports because athletes are focused more on the sport itself rather than the money, whereas money is often a greater motive for professional athletes. Providing payment for college athletes might also remove an element of passion from college sports.

Mitchell Kwapick said...

This is a very controversial issue. It's is hard for people that aren't athletes or coaches to understand the time and effort that goes into these sports, and the opportunities that they take away as far as things like job opportunities. College athletes are consumed year round and pretty much aren't able to get a job so it is hard for them to have money to live assuming their schools aren't committing any NCAA scholarship penalties. As someone who will be a college athlete, but not a basketball or football athlete that this would mostly apply to, I think student athletes should be able to receive some form of pay for what they do other than scholarships. The amount of money that student athletes bring in to the NCAA and to their respective schools is way too high for them not to be compensated. It seems like they are being exploited to some degree. The only thing that worries me about this is that the money aspect will take away the passion of the sports that we love and turn them into a more professional-like atmosphere where athletes are being conservative because they don't want to risk losing their money.

Jon Ceccato said...

I feel like the public policy should change for the students who play college sports. They should get paid for what sport they are participating in. These students have to pay a lot of money towards equipment making them even more in debt than they already are. A lot of college athletes do not make it to the pros so that extra pay during college would help the kids who weren't at a high enough level to play professional sports.

Kelli Kontney said...

I do not think that athletes should be paid for their services. The free tuition they receive for playing a sport is payment enough for the jobs they perform. I understand why some people would think that athletes should be paid, but the toll this payment would take on a university is detrimental. For example, Marquette spends 226,000 a year on each individual basketball player. If the university had to add a paycheck to that bill they would be eliminating the potential of making a profit out of the program. For these reasons, I do not believe that athletes should be paid.

Katie Wirch said...

I believe that college athletes should NOT be paid, their tutition is enough payment for them. I can see why people think, like professional atheletes, they should be paid, but it really boils down to their education, which is most important. Also, the athletic department spends a great deal on their athletes. They should not be paid.

Ellie Tadych said...

I think that this policy of not paying student athletes should be unchanged because the athletes are already granted scholarships as well as many other privileges. They are also playing the sport because they want to, not because they get paid to, which shows their dedication to the sport instead of dedication to getting paid.

Justin Myers said...

College athletes should not be paid more because they receive many benefits already. Their career is already taken care of so they do not need to worry about that like many others do. The athletes play the sport because they want to and enjoy doing it, so why should they get paid for it?

Tom Schneider said...

I believe the public policy should not be changed. College athletes can get scholarships and other privileges. This could cause tuition to be raised to meet the cost of paying athletes. This would make college unaffordable to some. College costs are high enough, so raising tuition to pay for athletes is not good. Overall, I think college athletes should remain unpaid.

Nick Berger said...

I believe this public policy should be unchanged. Student athletes often get scholarships, free tuition, and free lunches. This compensates for the time that NCAA sports require from its athletes.

Ben Ziolkowski said...

As a sport enthusiast, I continue to support the idea of not paying college athletes. First of all, division 1 college athletes get huge scholarships and often free rides to schools for their athletic ability. Not many people get that opportunity to get a great education at top schools for free or low cost. If the athlete stays all 4 years, the scholarships can add up to nearly $200,000. Secondly, if college student athletes were paid, some money would be taken away from an education stand point. Instead of paying athletes, schools can continue improving technology and education within the system. Sure, the “boss” is still making a big chunk of change if they are not paying the players, but the money would possibly be taken away from funding programs that help improve the school as a whole. Student first – athlete second.

Donald Carpenter said...

I do not think that public policy should require the payment of college athletes. Athletes already get large scholarships that can be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars over 4 years. The really good athletes, who would be paid if they were allowed, already get the chance to make millions in pro sports after playing on college teams. Paying these college athletes would raise the cost of tuition for other students, who already pay large amounts for college.

Nathan Sippel said...

I do not believe that public policy should change to require paying college athletes, but I am not completely opposed to paying the athletes whose skills bring money into the University. I feel that an argument could be made that the athletes that practice so much that it impedes their ability to acquire a job could be paid by the University for some of the time spent working on their sport.

Jonathan Aiuppa said...

College athletes being payed for their performance is an intersting current event topic. While i was watching the game last night (Wisconsin and Arizona)the topic ran through my mind. These athletes are brining international publicity to a school that people dont know about. FGCU for example was a school nobody had heard about that ended up being national news for athletics. These athletes should not get payed, but on a note Nathan S. brouht up, if an athlete brings revenue to a school, i could see a possible compensation being relevant.

Austin L said...

I believe that college athletes should get paid in a way that their college tuition gets paid for. They spend tons of hours outside from their education and it brings a lot of media and money to the school. College sports require a lot of talent, hard work and sacrifice. Therefore, I believe that public policy should change (college athletes should be paid based on their talent and sport).

Brittany Yerges said...

Better to hear it from players themselves! Here are some opinions from some college athletes.

http://www.wcjb.com/local-news-sports/2014/03/should-college-athletes-get-paid-former-gator-players-weigh

Anne Mark said...

College represents an enormous drain of funds for many families, and it is natural that differences in amount that students are asked to pay should provoke conversation. From the point of view of a student not receiving a scholarship based upon a combination of genetic gift and hard work, I believe that possession of physical prowess should not exempt a student from tuition fees. Beyond the seeming discrimination against students who have sacrificed participation in sporting activities for academic pursuits, the policy of awarding financial aid or scholarships to students based solely upon their extracurricular endeavors disregards the formal purpose of a college: education.
No one can deny that in American education, sports are huge. The advent and prevalence of March Madness in this very month is testament to fact. In my own classes, students sneak peaks at the games on their phones throughout class, allowing the national spotlight on basketball to steal focus from daily classwork. When the institution of athleticism has ingrained itself so thoroughly into contemporary society as to belay education even in the classroom, it is apparent it has received far too much attention, and the telescope Americans fix on the collegiate scene must be re-focused.
However, I fear that any movement toward legislation to require college athletes to pay tuition would be sweepingly unsuccessful. In the same way that the admission of individuals on the grounds of "multiculturalism" to promote a more diverse campus is untouchable, so too is the practice of "hiring" the new recruits for the treasured team each year.
But those of us who are malcontents can rest assured in the knowledge that in actuality, there are nearly twenty-two times the amount of financial aid available in academic than athletic scholarships.
To consider paying college athletes, the idea is flabbergasting. There is already a professional league, and students put under the pressures to preform on such a level would likely experience mental, physical, or emotional breakdown. College is meant to be an institute of learning, not a commercialized branch of the sporting industry.

Emily Hamer said...

This article discusses why college athletes should not receive payment for playing. The author's primary reasoning is that college athletes already receive a lot of money in the form of scholarships and that that wouldn't make it fair for the other students who aren't in sports.

https://star.txstate.edu/node/660

Emily Hamer said...

This article discusses why college athletes should be paid for playing college sports. Their reasoning is that even though athletes do receive some compensation in the form of scholarships, that is isn't enough and that colleges are just using the talent of their students in order to make a profit.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tyson-hartnett/college-athletes-should-be-paid_b_4133847.html

Emily Hamer said...

After reading both sides of the issue, I'm not sure what I think about this topic. I see why college athletes think that they should get paid more for what they bring to the school, however because of scholarships they are already receiving a free education, housing and meals just because of the talent that they have. I think that paying them would give them an unfair advantage over other students and would make college more about sports than about education. On the other hand, even if student athletes are receiving some benefits, maybe they should receive more because universities are basically exploiting their talents.

Mike Vidmar said...

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2014/03/25/march-madness-student-athletes-college-your-take/6877105/ Would the NCAA have to pay all the sports? It's been reported that basketball and football usually are the only sports making money. Some of the other sports are losing the NCAA money.

Mike Vidmar said...

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2014/03/25/march-madness-student-athletes-college-your-take/6877105/ Would the NCAA have to pay all the sports? It's been reported that basketball and football usually are the only sports making money. Some of the other sports are losing the NCAA money.

Ian Hintz said...

I have heard many "solutions" but one caught my attention more than the others. It is suggested that college athletes do receive money because they are bringing in large sums of revenue for their respective colleges. In addition if they are being used to promote any specific brand of sports ware, they should be justly compensated like any other icon. However, student athletes with excess cash at their disposal can and will be dangerous. The competition just for sponsorships will also add stress to the players. The proposed idea I agree with is that whatever earnings are made by a college athlete are put into a trust fun for post-graduation. This way a student is still compensated for their time and efforts without have the loose change.

Keely Smith said...

This has been an ongoing issue for a long time in college sports. People have been debating for many years if college athletes should be paid or not. On one side of the argument, athletes are given a free education along with free meals and living space; on the other side, athletes are not able to get a job because their entire lives revolve around sports and school so they do not have any extra money to spend most of the time. In my opinion, the policy should not change. These athletes are getting great educations for free, and they get to play the sport that they love.

Keely Smith said...

This has been an ongoing issue for a long time in college sports. People have been debating for many years if college athletes should be paid or not. On one side of the argument, athletes are given a free education along with free meals and living space; on the other side, athletes are not able to get a job because their entire lives revolve around sports and school so they do not have any extra money to spend most of the time. In my opinion, the policy should not change. These athletes are getting great educations for free, and they get to play the sport that they love.

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Andrew Boster said...

I believe that the policy should not change. College athletes should not get paid just to play their sport. Many college athletes already receive scholarship money towards their education, a free meal plan, and access to the university fitness center/ weight room. Also, many of these students because of their sport have private tutors to travel with them and do not have to pay for them. Even though I disagree with the NCAA makes so much money off of them, I do not think the college athletes should get paid not the NCAA own the rights to these players

Aria Prichard said...

This has been a controversial issue for many years now. In my opinion, i think that yes they should be payed enough so that they can pay for necessary living expenses. They work hard and should earn money back for all the work they put into helping raise the college money for winning games and selling tickets to create a profit for the college.

Haley D. said...

This topic has been a very big issue of a while now if college athletes should get payed or not. i believe that this public policy should not change.I believe that these athletes have worked hard for what they earned. But i don't think that they should get payed for what they are doing. These athletes are already receiving free meals and in some case a completely free education. I feel like if we did change and payed college athletes a lot of things would change and cause many problems.

Noah Kliemann said...

I believe that college athletes shouldn't be payed. The point of college athletics is to show off for a chance to go pro. This will lead to large amounts of money in he future. Even if they don't go pro, they get a large portion if not all of the costs of college payed for. This means they receive their education and exit school better off financially then most students ever will. So, even though colleges make a ton only money off of star players, students have the cost of college deferred.