Recently in the news many student athletes have earned suspensions for collecting money from their own signed memorabilia or from the school they attend. Collegiate student athletes should be able to earn money for playing their sport.
Collegiate student athletes earn a lot of money for the schools they attend. Ticket and memorabilia prices add up very quickly. Schools also earn money from sponsorships. Up to 1,000,000,000 dollars is spent on advertisements during March Madness. That is more than the superbowl. Some student athletes are featured in college sport video games. These student athletes can currently make no money from their identity being used in these games. The student athlete is the one who is playing, drawing crowds, and earning the school money. They should earn a piece of the profits.
Collegiate student athletes need money to support their families. Many student athletes come from a poor background where they are earning money for the house. When the student athlete goes to college, they no longer earn a paycheck, so they can no longer support their family.
Some people may say that a student athlete’s’ “paycheck” is his or her scholarship to the university they are attending. This is not enough because many student athletes have decided to go professional and the major they pursue is just the easiest the university offers. It is usually something sports related, such as Sports Medicine. If an athlete is definitely not going professional, then they choose courses relating to what they want to pursue after college.
To help student athletes earn part of what they are making for the school, write a letter to the NCAA headquarters (address below). Tell them that student athletes should be able to make money for the sport they play.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association
700 W. Washington Street
P.O. Box 6222
Indianapolis, Indiana 46206-6222