Monday, March 02, 2015

Pay For Play?

March Madness is upon us again and so is the conversation of compensation for student athletics. The NCAA Basketball tournament is expected to generate a billion dollars in revenue this year. The five most powerful and wealthiest conferences in college sports, the Big Ten, Big 12, Atlantic Coast Conference, Pac-12 and Southeastern Conference recently passed NCAA legislation that increases the value of an athletic scholarship to cover the federally determined actual cost of attendance. Other Division I conferences have said they will consider cost of attendance for some sports but not necessarily all. The exact value of cost of attendance will vary from school to school. Stipends have been estimated at $2,000 to $4,000 annually. They are designed to cover the cost-of-living expenses that fall outside athletic scholarships.


How do you feel about cost of attendance stipends and overall compensation for student athletes? Will the big five conferences have an advantage in recruiting players because of the additional stipend? How do you think smaller conferences and HBCU sports programs will be affected?




Comments

1. Tommy said...

This is not pay for play.It is a couple of thousands of dollars for SOME of the players. I don't have the answer but this is not it

2. Stephen said...

21st century slavery.How many of these athletes graduate with dreams of the pros?

3. Lawrence said...

Division 2 and three schools and all HBCU's will feel the effects of this when it comes to recruiting

4. Michael said...

I do not think this voluntary plan will work.Our Black athletes will continue to pay the million dollar salaries of coaches and athletic directors. I think the issue is not so much paying a salary,but these kids should have all of the support needed to get a degree.Many of these athletes end up back home working at McDonalds after their eligibility runs out

5. Jesse said...

The rich schools will get richer and the poor schools will get poorer.

6. Jason said...

Too many of our big-time football and basketball athletes are playing sports and making money for their parenting institution and then leaving without diplomas. African-American men's basketball players have a graduation success rate of 60 percent.

7. Gene said...

I think they should be paid. Why not agree to an adequate stipend for 4 years and put it in a trust only received upon graduation?

8. Nathan said...

If a college athlete is good enough, they will go on to make millions of dollars in professional sports. If they are not good enough to turn pro, then, after representing their school as an athlete (which is an honor in and of itself), they leave college with a degree from a prestigious university, and no student loans. In this day and age, that should be all the compensation they need

9. Dewey said...

Regardless of direct compensation, college athletes should receive workers' compensation, life insurance and medical care for injuries sustained while engaging in college athletics

10. Leonard said...

Yes, college athletes should be paid with athletes receiving a set percentage of each school's revenue for the sport. However, payments should be tied to academic achievement, which would provide students an incentive to focus on academics as well as athletics. The NCAA should set up an independent commission to audit student athlete academic records. Auditors would randomly attend scheduled classes and review graded papers to ensure academic compliance

11. Darren said...

This proposal is just window dressing from the NCAA.I support unionizing student athletes.

12. Cameron said...

Student athletes are not even allowed to get paid for their images and cannot receive endorsements. WHY? If they can earn money for the NCAA,why can't they market themselves in the free market.Maybe more will stay and graduate rather than leaving early to pursue pro sports.

13. Curious said...

How could the difference in payouts be determined between a football player and a field hockey player, or the payouts even between two football teams? That is why I am against it. No way to fairly compensate

14. New Fan said...

I agree with Dewey. Our youth need to learn to defer riches until after the work is done.Scholarships are enough.

15. Leigh said...

Our kids are pimped by the colleges that don't care about academics

16. New Fan said...

Student athletes should be compensated. I have seen your pic and advertisements all over social media and Black Talk Radio.Kudos to your marketing and promotion team.

17. Butch said...

A scholarship is a means to an education. Not a guaranteed salary.

18. James said...

I think this plan is a start.The bigger issue is graduation rates of Black athletes at Division 1 schools.



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