While reading an article written titled “NCAA still refusing to see big picture; all college sports are not equal”, I noticed the article had many valid points that made a compelling case for why players should be paid to play. Although many people who do not watch sports will argue the case that athletes are getting their education paid for, why should they get a check on top of that?
The article points out one key point that make paying players a valid case. “College sports are increasingly capitalistic. These aren't just teams representing schools anymore, they are profit points that command their own cable television networks, massive stadiums, huge media rights, national tournaments and billions and billions in revenue.”(D.Wetzel,Yahoo Sports ,April 6,2014)
Professional athletes such as Adrian Peterson are also chiming in on this topic. Mr. Peterson believes college players deserve to be paid as reported in several interviews because he was once one of those elite college athletes that influenced the universities ticket and jersey sales.
I was divided on this topic because of the investment the athletes put into their scholarship. My position changed while watching a football game between Tulane and Tulsa University. Something that appeared to be a normal tackle turned into a tragedy at the blink of an eye. As I watched the series of events unfold I began to pray for that young man because I know how dangerous the game of football can be. As I prayed for the injured player, I could not help but think about this young man’s teammates and family, let alone his future. I knew than something more has to be done for those athletes that are between 18 and 21 years old going all out for their schools and teammates.
I understand now that athletes should get more for their sacrifices, so I will approach the question in a different manner. What else can the universities do for their student athletes? And what is the Fanatic Fans actually scarifying?
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