College Student-Athletes should be able to receive and make money

College Student-Athletes should be able to receive and make money

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Jordan Wegener started this petition to NCAA Fans and Athletes

I am a sophomore in high school, and I love to watch and play basketball, and I know the work that has to be put in to succeed. I’m a pretty big fan of the NCAA, and I feel like some of these athletes are a few of the best around even though they are only in college. Since they are only student athletes, they aren’t allowed to make a profit off of their name. For example, all of the posters and advertisements you saw of Zion Williamson when he was in college, he wasn’t allowed to make a dime off of it. This is totally unfair, and it goes against their pursuit of happiness. Therefore, we as fans and possible NCAA athletes should push for student-athletes to be able to make money off of the sport they play by bringing awareness to the topic. 


These athletes are some of the top tier in the country, and they are the ones who bring in the money for their schools. However, the coaches are the ones who are making the big money from it. According to USAToday, John Calipari, the head coach for Kentucky, is set to make 8,095,800 dollars in 2021. Though coaches are the ones providing the athletes with their knowledge, they still are making enough money to give some of the pay to the athletes. This isn’t the only case where the NCAA has an abundance of money that they don’t give to the people who run the league. According to Noah McGee, a content editor for Chicago Tribune Media Group, In 2019 alone, the NCAA made 867.5 million dollars from the television and marketing rights alone in the March Madness tournament. If you take even half of this and divide that number by the number of teams, you are left with over 6 million for each team. This money could be used to guarantee that the students make some money. 


Another sad fact from the National College Players Association, a national advocacy group and voice for college athletes, says that the poverty rate for college athletes is 86 percent. This means that six out of seven athletes come from a poverty-stricken environment. Some people may argue that the athletes are receiving full-ride scholarships that pay for everything, however, it may be just the opposite because these student-athletes don’t have a lot of money to get some of the essentials they need. This was the case for Shabazz Napier, A player in the NBA and former UConn Husky, when he was going through college. He said “There are hungry nights that I go to bed, and I’m starving.” This came from a division one athlete who went to a pretty well-known college.  Some may argue and say that they can just go out and get a job, but you have to remember that the little time they do have, they spend training to better themselves in their sport. In a document written by the NCPA executive director, there was a survey that said that college athletes spend anywhere from 30-44 hours a week in their sport. This is a full-time job that they aren’t receiving anything from. 


To tie things back, these athletes are missing out on a lot of money that they should be receiving. There are a few particular athletes who bring in a lot of money for their colleges, and they aren’t allowed to get even a penny from it. This is totally unfair and it needs to be changed. It not only violates the Freedom of speech but also the freedom of happiness because the athletes can’t make a name for themselves. This is why student-athletes should be able to make money and prosper from what they do and their athletic ability.

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