Paying student athletes

Life is so difficult, and I believe its because we have so much to do and our time here is so limited, with that being said we can all agree on a phrase that has rang true to our ears for years, “time is money.” When you dedicate your time, in some type of way you will be compensated, and wasting your time is equivalent to cutting a hole into your pocket and watching the cash fall out. That’s a fair statement and I think it holds true in some respect, for instance what I am doing right now. I am currently working for a school newspaper and I am most definitely being compensated for the time I spend doing what I do.

Many students involved in activities like mine are compensated, maybe not to the extremity of a high paying salary job but enough to put a little cash in your pocket so you have the option to go to a restaurant that offers a healthy cuisine when your bowel movements have had enough of the highly processed Garvey chicken nuggets. It would be insane for me to request anymore then I receive in terms of compensation, because I know deep down our organization doesn’t produce the revenue necessary in order to enjoy a six-figure salary, the luxury of an all glass office with a fireplace, and a painted portrait of myself in a sultry pose holding a vine of grapes.

The University Chronicle can’t afford that unfortunately, but if we had the money, the revenue, and the permission I believe every staff member would have an office setup hopefully similar to mine. You might think that there is absolutely no organization in the realm of higher education that could afford such a luxurious request but don’t speak to soon. College sports are a $12 billion a year industry that out does McDonalds and Chevron in terms of rate of growth which I find astounding. These statistics brought forward by the documentary “Schooled: The Price of College Sports” raises a basic question that holds incredible substance.

Are our “Student Athletes” receiving exactly what they deserve? This question runs deep and I believe wholeheartedly that the answer is simple and right in front of our eyes. The NCAA forces kids to sign contracts restricting them to consider themselves an “amateur,” in return for a possible scholarship and any other amenities that the university can offer such as free meals at dining halls and tutoring sessions to keep them up in the classroom. An average scholarship can run a university thousands of dollars, meanwhile the university as well as the NCAA will gain ten fold, turning the livelihood of a student and his or her education into an investment. Once the investment goes south with an ACL tear or a fourth concussion the university cuts its losses and takes what is left of their share of the investment, leaving the student to bear the harsh reality of possibly not even being able to continue to achieve a higher education.

The day to day grind of a college athlete is insane, to mix consistent high intensity training regiments while juggling 15 credits and carrying the competitive burden of winning every game can takes its toll early on someone as young as 18, but they still do it. Meanwhile the NCAA as well as in conjunction and our society as a whole sit and cheer, reaping the benefits of the immense work, time and energy college athletes dedicate. In my eyes the NCAA is no better then Wal-Mart by providing the backbone of their industries with the bare minimum. Its preposterous when Johnny Brodzinski scores an incredible 3 goals at home for a victory against a solid Colgate University that was ranked in the top ten, and from that the media, the university and the NCAA will be the only ones to see any financial compensation. If Brodzinski did however, he would be tarred and feathered for all of St. Cloud as well as the nation to see, he would lose everything that he has worked so hard for and would have to kiss his husky career goodbye, yet its ok when bureaucrats at the NCAA sit and wait for their next paycheck. Did any of them put even a sliver of the effort that Brodzinski put into that game? Doubtful.

Bottom line; start paying student athletes because it is the right thing to do. Its immoral to restrict someone of the compensation they so well earned and deserve. In regards to the NCAA, if you are not fooling me then you can not be fooling anyone.

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