NeverEnding Story: The Push to Pay College Athletes

The debate rages on as sports pundits and professional athletes alike weigh in on whether college athletes deserve to be paid. With all the money made from big budget sports, mainly basketball and football, there is heavy pressure on the athletic governing body of college athletics (NCAA). The additional marketing and TV rights deals provide the NCAA with massive pay-offs. Video games and various imaging rights also make tons of money for the NCAA and its members.d2d1a4b035c00739a027922e088312ff

The one group not making any money off of the sports being marketed are the student-athletes. At first glance this sounds highly egregious, and provides ample excuse to side with the latest additions to the lawsuit currently suing the NCAA. Unfortunately, the few that are making these claims are idiots. Ed O’Bannon is a career criminal with an above average college basketball career at UCLA to his name. Aside from that he’s a grade-A douchebag. And the new additions to the lawsuit include football players from Arizona. You read that correctly, Arizona. How many people even know that Arizona has a football team? I know I wouldn’t miss it if they weren’t on NCAA Football 14.

But because of this lawsuit, games such as NCAA Football and others (manufactured by EA Sports) won’t be produced in the future. Any sports fan that plays video games can tell you that this is by far the best series of games out there. Madden is fun, but there isn’t as many options, and for whatever reason the controls are less user friendly. The likenesses of players’ facial features and in-game skills have also become a problem as it denotes the direct claim of each player compensation case going forward.

Considering all the money being made by the NCAA and its members, it doesn’t sound that ridiculous to pay the players. It’s the same idea deployed by large corporations all over the  world. Showcasing talent to bring in customers and sell goods is something that happens anywhere from your local mom and pop corner store to various big box chain retailers. So when ABC or FOX or ESPN previews a game and mentions the players involved, the same thing is happening.

There’s another side to this argument as always though. Is this a lawsuit that anyone from any sport can file for? Sure, they might get compensation based on the gross capital amassed by their particular sport, but that only seems fair, right? At what point are we giving these athletics too much money? Do we just give money to student-athletes assuming that they won’t misuse their money? And what about the real reason student-athletes are called STUDENT-athletes? Don’t they already get paid $200,000 to go play a sport AND get an education? Imagine where all the money would go? How many times do you think Manti Te’o would have bought plane tickets before he realized his internet girlfriend was fake?

The last question is obviously the most important of any that could be posed. Athletes are essentially paid to attend school. Most athletes that head towards professional leagues quit school as soon as their season has finished to prepare for an impending draft. So these kids are going to school for free and after being given the opportunity to mature and improve their game, they are paid millions of dollars to play at a higher level. There’s just as good of an argument to have these selfish sons of bitches pay out their school after signing a pro contract based on their development as there is a reason to pay the athlete for “service” provided.

And on top of that, there will always be some dick trying to squeeze as much out of his experience by taking free shit. What do you do with those fools? They already have the money. Can you demand they reimburse the institution much like they do when a trophy is won and they find out the player did something illegal (Reggie Bush)? I think that’s too much of a hassle. Moreover, there are players asking for lifetime insurance and things that most jobs don’t offer right away. It’s like telling some prick that if he plays big-time college football or basketball that he can be average at life for the rest of eternity and get by because he’s good with a ball in his hands.

With all the new mandates issued to NCAA members there have been more self-submitted secondary violations. But it’s not like athletic directors know everything that’s going on (or do they Penn State?). I’m referring to the booster clubs that funnel mysterious amounts of money to teams on the regular and then wonder why they get investigated when Ohio State has every football player ever receiving rented cars. Or when North Carolina has their basketball team getting in trouble for the same thing. Are these kids that stupid that they think they can get away with that shit several times? Or is that a stupid question? I know these fuckers weren’t very smart to begin with but how many of them are 25 (the legal age to rent a car- god knows why)? I suppose there are a few guys that have been to several high schools, colleges, and prisons (kidding, or am I?), but usually kids enter college at age 18. Anyways, the bad ones ruin it for everyone else. But there have been so many bad ones at visible programs (USC, North Carolina, UConn, Florida, USC, Notre Dame, Baylor, USC, etc.) that it is really difficult to miss all of the mistakes being made.

There are obviously more topics and problems to discuss at a later date, but it’s funny that compensation for athletics only really comes to the forefront of the sports lexicon when the entire country is having trouble. My take is, if you still think you need help when the economy comes back then maybe we can talk. But there are several generations of student-athletes that haven’t been paid and aren’t crying about it. Also, if these asshats were busy studying in school, they might find a passion outside of sports. I wonder what Johnny Manziel does at school when he’s not in any classes that require him to be on campus? Sounds like another Phys Ed major to me. Remember, not all of us were blessed with supreme athletic ability and the opportunity to live in obscure countries in Europe if all else fails. Instead, the everyman is left to join the workforce and make an honest living the best way possible.

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