Should College Athletes Be Paid?
While I was working out at the gym Saturday I saw a segment on “Stossel”, the FOX News current events show that centered on whether or not college athletes should be paid. I don’t often agree with John Stossel on much of anything but this time he was dead on when he said, “Yes, they should”. Why?
Let’s be real. In many cases high profile NCAA sports such as basketball and football are more often seen as proving grounds for potential professional careers. The colleges and the NCAA itself rake in millions, even billions in revenue from TV right, tickets, concessions, team apparel and other sources while the players risk injury for, at best, a full scholarship ride. Sure that “ride” is worth plenty but look at someone like Carmelo Anthony. He was “one and done” with Syracuse so what good was a scholarship to him. Then there is the story of one college athlete who went into a campus apparel store and saw a jersey with his name on it for $100. He could barely afford a fast food meal yet the school was raking in the dough in his name. I say, work out a system wherein players receive payment for their services. It’s only fair.