The accomplishments of male athletes in the division 1 football and basket basketball level is outstanding. These athletes are the best in the world at what they do. There are only a select few that can perform at the level they do. While they make insane plays, millions of people stand in awe and throw their money towards these players and these teams. The problem with this is that they do not receive any of that money. Athletes are “paid” with scholarships, not cash. Scholarships are ways college can make an athlete think they are getting paid, when they are not.
With the NCAA making well over a billion dollars on athletes success, it should make sense for the NCAA to pay their “Workers”. College football coaches get contracts worth tens of millions, while their counterparts get scholarships worth virtually nothing. With the athletes generating nearly 1 trillion dollars in the last 40 years, getting a degree and a well paying job would only account for 5% of their contribution. The word your looking for is slavery. although no one is being forced to do anything, they are enticed to work hard every year just to have the smallest chance to go pro. While all the executives and coaches are banking off of them.
College is supposed to be about getting an education, but for these big schools that make 8-9 figures on athletics they put pressure on the athletes to perform and the athletes wind up taking easy classes. Most of the time they pass classes they would normally fail. The world we live in today is all about money. But as Americans we stand up for freedom and having someone else get paid for a job you do is not freedom. It is communism. Imagine someone working at a job. They have all the benefits an average job would offer. They always work to the best of their ability and constantly make huge sacrifices for their job. Then when pay day comes they have to give 100% of their check to their boss, because they have benefits and do not need the pay. This is what college athletes in the big division 1 schools experience. Greedy businessmen and women take advantage of their power to make themselves rich off of others talent, and is something that I thought we ousted in this world centuries ago.
Scholarships have become increasingly worthless due to all these money savages, who are crazed on being rich and have no emotion to the hard working contributors of this booming business. Corporations banking on these players such as Nike and Under Armour, are not even allowed to endorse them. Which I do not think they care about that rule because it saves them a ton of money and they are not taking any of the fall during this controversy if things were to go right and players are paid, only University’s will pay them and businesses won’t give huge contracts. Big businesses are in the wrong as they brand the players with their logo, and support the argument that they receive scholarships, so they don’t need to pay them. These are the Same companies that market their business as being for the players. Players show off their shoes and market their brand and in return big corporations don’t even pay them. There have also been scandals where big companies like Nike will pay an athletes family for them to go to a Nike sponsored school, for their own self interest. They give people with no money and extremely poor living conditions an offer for a lot of money and with out question the athletes take it not even thinking or choosing the school that they would like to attend. These sharks steal from the poor to make themselves richer and they do it on a promise of a contract if they go pro. The big key word is If. Most college athletes in the top earning sports do not make it to the pro level, but they still put in just as much time and energy as the ones that do make it. These are the guys that no one seems to care about. After 4 years of grinding and generating your school millions, your left with a degree that is worth virtually nothing. No Special talent was developed because these schools pushed these kids through classes and pass them without them learning anything. Saquon Barkley of the New York Giants is a prime example of this. He would never go to class but then show up once for the exam and magically finish off with an A. (my sister attends Penn State and she is the same age as him so she had a general education seminar with him) Now most of these guys are extremely un- educated. I think that’s what the university’s want just so no one is smart enough to speak out against them, and it may have worked for years in the past, but this is a new era people are getting smarter and sticking up for themselves more than ever. This situation is almost identical to the situation in the catholic church, when they would charge you so you don’t have to go to purgatory. Then came along Martin Luther and just like Luther, players today are breaking away from the norm and standing up for what they believe. They will not let the rich and powerful university’s take advantage of them anymore and in the future we could very well see a shift in power. power to the people.
Its hard to argue that scholarships are moral . They were originally intended to give free education and housing to reward students for their effort. Now they are a fraudulent contract skillfully planned to look like they are doing the players a favor. These scholarships in relation to how valuable the players are to the school are worthless. The money flows toward the top and the bottom feeder players get nothing but a free education that most do not use and a 500$ stipend.