Pay to Play Essay

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Pay to Play

Itís a joke that the NCAA doesnít pay student athletes. One of the greatest thrills of
college football are the weekend trips to all those sacred stadiums that havenít changed
since Pop Warner roamed the sideline. But they have. The stadiums now look like the
coliseum in Rome. The game is much more sci-fi now, that to a fan listening to an audible
sounds like an alien language. Thou most of all, the players have changed and along with
them the entire concept of an amateur athlete. Nobodyís an amateur these days, at least
not on Saturday afternoon. Some people are just compensated that way.

Were not trying to turn college athletes into higher paid individuals then professional
athletes. For the most rare group of players, the ones successful enough to consider
leaving college early to play professional sports, some words to live by. Get a good
agent, stay healthy, and put your money in the bank because this career doesnít last long.
For the ones that choose to play on Saturday, a new concept of amateur athlete is being
built. Serious discussion has already begun in that Oz world of the NCAA sanctions
committee. Football players particularly at high priced private universities already
receive a lot, but not as much as they earn.

ď The demarcation between professional sports and intercollegiate sports is where your
going to pay student athletes.Ē Cedric Dempsey, the executive director of the NCAA, said
in a March issue of Sports Illustrated. ď Iíve always advocated that itís an opportunity
for student athletes to have up to the full cost of attendance. Our present grant need
does not provide that. On an average, it falls about $2000 short.Ē Now think about that,
the scholarship athlete with all the other various forms of financial aid available still
remains $2000 short of the full cost of attending university. For many athletes that are
$2000 they donít have. This figure does not include trips for family members to come see
their relatives play or be able to talk to their children regularly on the phone, both
luxuries that they usually canít afford.

In this new aged world the cost of living goes up every six months it seems like. Tuition
increases will always be covered but when the price of living goes up how are they
supposed to cope with the increase. The deal making all around is only going to become
more embarrassing in the future. You think those corporate bowl logos canít get any
larger. And when the national championship playoff comes, the best interest of the student
athletes will be ignored even greater for the sake of additional revenue.

These athletes are not just football players anymore. Not in the new age era of the
gigantic bowl payout, the multi million dollar extra point, the conference championship
game bonanzas, the over priced two night hotel minimums, the big money television deals,
and the exclusive shoe and apparel company relationships. These are not football players.
These are mobile company billboards and revenue producers. They have become in most
cases the

university and in some extreme cases, the states most visible employees. They also put up
with about as much scrutiny as politicians do. For instance if Rob Football gets into an
altercation it usually ends up in the front page of the local newspaper. Now for heavens
sake if a player steps way out of line or is around someone who does, his name will
usually appear coast to coast. That is not a complaint. Itís just the way they live.

Most everybody knows that a few high profile football programs are closer to the
unofficial salary cap limits then others. Enough careers have been jeopardized because of
agents handing out gifts that were just to tempting. Letís take the money from under the
table, the way tennis and Olympic sports did decades ago and reason what happens on
Saturday afternoons. This is not about the kind of money that would make anyone rich or
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