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“Fan Base” Op-Ed: Paying college athletes, by Randy Clemens

Posted On: November 7, 2013 | By Linda Kenney Baden

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Our “FAN BASE” member RANDY CLEMENS submitted his opinion in response to our article: SUSPENDED! Oregon Ducks basketball players suspended for selling their sweet Nike kicks; college athletes should be paid

College athletes, who are already on a full ride, should not be paid. I’ve heard the argument that universities make millions of dollars off of their student-athletes. Allow me to enlighten your readers on the truth.

First of all, this is a fallacy. Most athletic programs do not make millions of dollars from the labor of their teams. Sure, the top-flight FBS schools make money from football, but it’s not the norm. When you consider the amount of teams that play intercollegiate sports, football and, in some cases, basketball, fund the other sports, especially non-positive revenue producers like tennis, baseball, women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, golf and so on.

Second, colleges and universities are a business, not non-profit organizations. In addition to full scholarships, student-athletes live, for the most part, much better than the normal student body. In comparison, most businesses do not give extra benefits to the average worker, yet make millions and, sometimes, billions off of the labor of their employees, who are, likely, grossly underpaid in relation to the profits of said company.

If an athlete is injured, he or she receives the best medical care – at no cost to the participant. In many cases, they will receive an extra year of eligibility (and scholarship), depending upon when the injury occurred. Still, if not on the field, court or pitch, they continue on during the academic season as if they were playing. In the private sector, many employees (if offered) have to pay for such insurance to keep their job/position and the opportunity to recover to the point of returning to work.

If a student-athlete on full-scholarship needs money, he or she can apply for Pell Grants every semester as does the average college/university student.

As someone who has experience working with a Division-One school, I am fully against student-athletes getting “paid” or receiving extra benefits as stated in the NCAA by-laws. I stipulate that the NCAA’s rules and regulations are outdated in some cases, but that doesn’t erase the fact that college students, while on full athletic scholarships, receive more than enough benefits that the average student (or company employee) do not get.

 About Randy: Radio programmer/talent. Homeless animals advocate Ponaganset HS ’82 Glocester, RI. Follow Randy on Twitter: @BostonRandy


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