The face of college athletics and the future of college athletics will change within the next couple of years as the debate of whether college athletes should be paid for playing. College make a whole lot of money off of sports and by being on various networks like ESPN, ABC, CBS, Fox, and even their own conference networks.
College athletes for years have not brought this issue up until recently when a NCAA Football game came out and some athletes saw how saw how similar the players look to the real person which is the point of the game. This was an issue as they use a lot of their personal information like where they’re from, number, school, and how good they are on the field. This later ended the production of all NCAA games on video games.
Currently, Northwestern is the only school that pays college athletes, but only football players. There are 65 colleges that give athletes already free schooling and money to pay for food, clothing, and give them a insurance plan with the school. This problem is only faced at the division one level in the schools like Alabama, Virginia Tech, Texas, and Oregon. If schools were only to pay football players than the issue of paying other sports that make up the largest part of the income for the school, which for most colleges that would be basketball.
These kids that we are thinking of paying are between the ages of 18-22 and some of them will end up going pro after graduation or end up leaving before graduation to make more money at the next level. Today, they’re really trying to use the term of amateur sports since there’s no in between college and the big leagues for football. Here’s a statistic for you, one out of every twenty five athletes will turn pro.
At this age trying to focus on school and athletics can be tough we all of your fans want to see you play in the championship game or on the big television networks. These athletes put their time in on the field, but do they really try to put the same time into their classes? An average college athlete puts in 43 hours a week to their sport. This is three hours more than the average American work week.
College athletes may not make money because it is NCAA rule that no college athlete may make money under the table from any outside sources. However, the NCAA currently produces about 11 billion dollars which is more than what some professional sport organizations make. In fact, it isn’t the NCAA making money, it is also the schools that are or have been successful and have the strong athletes that are making bank like the University of Alabama. The Crimson Tide had an estimated $143.3 million dollars in revenue which is more than almost the entire NHL and NBA. Coaches are some of the most wealthy in fact in 40 of the 50 states a coach is the highest paid official.
EA Sports production has upset many fans as they stopped production of the classic game that first was introduced in 1993 and ended in 2013. This is a whole different story at the next level however. In the NFL as a player they let the fans vote to be on the cover of the next Madden game which is an exciting time for last year’s champion or last year’s stand out athlete.
Colleges someday will end up paying the athletes since they’re a primary reason for the income of the school’s athletic program. This may force the smaller school to suffer or to follow in the footsteps of the bigger schools. Smaller schools don’t get the credit that they deserve and this will force some schools to potentially give up some sports. At the end of last season the University of Alabama-Birmingham announced that their football program would be shut down since it was too expensive to run with not a nearly as big of a fanbase as other in state schools, such as Alabama and Auburn.