All About the Benjamin’s

August 4, 2011

If you read my article yesterday you will know that this is the other side of the argument about college athletes deserving to get paid for their performance. Again, we are only talking about those athletes who are playing football or college basketball, because they generate millions of dollars for universities.

College athletes deserve to be paid. College athletics is a multimillion dollar entertainment business. The universities receive millions of dollars a year for providing facilities and bringing in these young athletes, but the main attraction does not receive any compensation. Isn’t it about time these athletes get a piece of the pie?
The fans come to watch the players. There are millions of dollars made each year from tickets and jerseys being sold. The college athlete never sees a cent of the money that millions of fans pay. Instead there are told if they accept these illegal benefits they will punished.

No one is coming to see Chris Ault, fans want to see that high powered offense that averages 41 points a game. So why is that, from a study taken in 2008, 42 of the 119 DI coaches receive over 1 million dollars? You can’t possible convince me that Chris Ault was worth more than Colin Kaepernick.

I recently saw an article where the NCAA and CBS made 13 year contract, worth around 10.8 billion dollars. This money is for March Madness, for those of you who don’t know that is the college basketball tournament, held at the end of each year. Why shouldn’t the players get a slice of this money since it is athletes everyone will be tuning in to watch.
All signs point that college athletes will not be paid. The NCAA stands firm that it won’t allow these players to be paid. At least give these players a chance to make a little side cash. If someone wants to pay these players to come speak at an event, or endorse a product, let them. This would allow the University to still maintain all its revenue and give the player a little extra cash.

Paid to Play?

August 3, 2011

With college football arriving soon and college basketball coming shortly after that, one question that arises year after year is: should college athletes be paid? Sorry I did not include other sports, but let’s be honest, football and men’s basketball are the main source of revenue for most colleges.

College athletes do not deserve to be paid. They are student-athletes who get scholarships, discounted merchandise, room and board, and get to play in front of thousands of fans who love them.

As I have mentioned they are getting an opportunity to go and play in front of thousands of fans who love, and maybe on occasion worship athletes. Some fans even think they play harder because they are not being paid, but I’d like to think it’s the competition and the desire to win that drives these players.
They also receive scholarships which pay for a large portion, if not all of their school. Now, if these athletes have some sort of career ending injury, then the education received will help to find a quality paying job that they can perform for the remainder of their lives.

If these athletes were paid, it would change Universities. It would change college sports to more of a professional or semi-professional industry. Universities would lose money and probably have to drop other sports teams or areas of education to pay these players.

College is an experience. The majority of students are experiencing the same college life-style that the athletes are, that being one with very little money. Finally, if these athletes are talented enough, one day they could be making millions of dollars to do what they love! Feel free to leave a comment and come back tomorrow to read why they deserve to be paid.

Sports Managment

July 23, 2011

Many of you have probably already gathered that this blog will be about recreation and sports management and many people immediately relate this to some type of coaching. I am here to tell you that this topic covers a lot more than coaching and can include a wide range of athletics from professional, college, local leagues, sports associations and the representation of individual athletes. Also for people who are looking to somehow stay involved in sports as the careers end, such as mine if you count playing at the JC(Junior College) level, or if you are just looking for a job and are interested in sports there are numerous opportunities available. Sports directors, scouts, agents, and broadcasters are few jobs on the list amongst various others.

This blog will try to focus on the sports for local leagues, and how they help bring together a community and create a positive influence on young athlete’s lives, although at times some of my posts may be related to college athletics. You may want to follow this blog if you are into sports or looking to find a job somehow related to sports management. I will not be covering ANYTHING at the professional level because this area already draws so much attention in the media and I will not be blogging about my favorite team.

I believe that I can provide a unique perspective on this subject from being a former athlete and from the current/former college and professional athletes I know and gaining a little insight how they view some college policies, such as title nine, college athletes being paid, and the competitiveness of youth sports. Lastly I feel I should mention that I may be a little bias towards baseball since that is what most of the athletes I speak with are currently doing.