NCAA Paying Athletes

By Gary Norris Gray BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: October 29, 2011

OAKLAND, CA, (BASN)—A storm is brewing in the (NCAA) National Collegiate Athletic Association’s sports world. The idea of paying student-athletes could become reality sooner than later. NCAA President Mark Emmert floated the idea of paying athletes 2,000 dollars.

“Emmert told the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics that the proposal will be finalized and he’ll ask the NCAA Division One Board of Directors to support it. He noted that student athletes have limited opportunities to work outside the classroom and playing fields, and that the current model of athletic scholarship hasn’t changed for 40 years.”

The NCAA is still living and operating in the Stone Age, where is Barney Rubble and Fred Flintstone?

The following excerpts are from the Associated Press news wire services on October 24, 2011 Financial data

October 2011 updated financial data to the 2010 Knight Commission report, Restoring the Balance: Football Bowl Subdivision: Athletics spending and institutional funding to athletics growing faster than academic spending, 2005-2009

Football Championship Subdivision: Athletics spending and institutional funding to athletics growing faster than academic spending, 2005-2009 Division I – No Football: Athletics spending and institutional funding to athletics growing faster than academic spending, 2005-2009 Athletics spending per athlete 3 to 12 times greater than academic spending per student Football Bowl Subdivision: Institutions stretching resources to keep up with stop spenders in athletics; academic and athletics spending comparisons by quartile Media contracts for five major conference in place by 2012-13 as of October 17, 2011 America’s colleges and universities are now signing their own television contracts. The University of Notre Dame has an exclusive contract with the National Broadcasting Company (NBC), the Pacific 12 and the University of Texas have their own networks. These schools are making 2.1 million for each telecast.

These same colleges and universities accumulate funds from the selling of jerseys, shirts, and other sports items. The University of Oregon Ducks and the University of Maryland Terrapins football squads have worn six different uniforms this season. These uniforms will be auctioned off at the end of the season to the highest bidder. The student-athlete receives nothing from these sales.

Where does the money go?

The NCAA collects over a billion dollars at the end of the March Madness Basketball Tournament. Where does this money go?

These same institutions of higher learning are leaving their conferences, entering larger conferences paying millions in entrance or exit fees. Where is this money coming from?

This will continue until the (BCS) Bowl Championship Series conducts a playoff system for Division One football programs.

This creative idea of super conferences is currently in the process with each passing week. By 2015 a 20 team conference will be common place. The Big East Conference will no longer exist; there are only five stable members of the conference with many more small conferences following suit.

Getting back to the issue at hand, paying student athletes, “President Emmert says he’ll also ask the board to allow colleges and universities to provide multi-year grants, instead of year-to-year scholarships.”

“This week, I’ll be asking the board to support a proposal to allow conferences—not mandate anyone, but allow conferences, not individual institutions—to increase the value of an athletic grant in aid to more closely approach the full cost of attendance,” Emmert said.

“We are going to create a model that would allow—probably … up to $2,000 in addition to”, tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies.

The Gray Leopard Cove applauds this move but more needs to be done for student-athletes.

1. This is an attempt to ward off legal actions by past, current, and future student-athletes who have threatened to sue the NCAA for back wages. It is also a vain attempt to keep the government out of the financial books of colleges and universities. Remember the NCAA claims to be a non-profit organization.

2. These young men and women student-athletes put in many hours of practice, many hours in the weight room, and many hours on the a trainers table. This is somthing in which other students do not have to partake.

3. There is a glaring omission in this vague report. President Emmert did not state whither these monies would be for a month, a year, a quarter, or a semester.

Which leads to the next point, what economic status will Sub-Division Schools and Universities and (HBCU’s) Historically Black athletic programs be in and when will this idea be instituted? Will they have the same programs as before the stipends are given? The question should be asked, could this be a back door attempt to eliminate HBCU and small schools’ sports programs?

4. What will be the status of Title IX and female student athletes? Could this be another attempt to scrap women’s sports. could this also be a backdoor scam to end female sports? Remember how difficult it was to establish equality in sports for women on college campuses.

This could lead to the end of HBCU and small school sports programs as we know it today? Schools like the Southern Illinois University Salukis or the Indiana State University Sycamores, mid-majors could lose their athletes to larger schools. They will no longer attract 2nd tier players because they might be in need of funds to survive. Remember most schools do not serve dinner on Sunday nights. How will these gifted youngsters buy dinner?

When Division One schools install this program and receive these funds student athletes will gravitate toward major institutions of higher education. 1. To get an education 2. To play the sport they love 3. To have funds to eat and pay for rent, laundry, movies, and pay for gas.

There is another side to this crazy monetary program.

Let’s proceed with two hypothetical events with the passage of this new initiative, one negative and one positive.

Four players from ABC University get together and pool their 2,000 dollars and create a gambling ring on campus. Point shaving could be a major issue on university campuses. This could lead to disastrous results. NCAA executives point to this as the reason not to give large stipends to Student Athletes.

The second could be positive and create a better America with the same four players from ABC University saves 2,000 dollars. This would allow students to create a future business with the stipend creating a better life for themselves and their families.

NCAA President Emmert and the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics opened the door.

This is truly the last bastion of legalized slavery in the United States of America, asking poor kids to play for a university that gives them an education, room, and board. Schools make millions while athletes risk their health and future playing sports.

If a student-athlete gets injured or sick, the school will try to expel him/her for services not rendered. The scholarship is rescinded and the student has to pay to continue his/her education.

The HCBU’s have this part right; they will educate the student-athlete no matter what has accord on the field, court, or diamond. This will be lost if this new idea from President Emmert and the Knight Commission passes.

Major universities will continue to make millions of dollars each weekend off of these young people and in return they give pennies.

Think about this, only one percent of student athlete’s advance to a professional sports career so 99% of student athletes give these universities four years of free labor. It is time for a change.

These are the questions that parents who are sending their young adults to places of higher learning.

Free labor on the field, ice, diamond, and court must end.

Would like to thank the Yahoo Sports website for materials in this article.

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