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Student Athletes Deserve More than Scholarships COMPENSATION OF STUDENT-ATHLETES Student Athletes Deserve More than Scholarships A Look into the Finances of Major College Sports Programs Student-athletes at major colleges and universities do more than attend classes practices and compete against other teams They generate money Supporters of the play-for-pay concept believe that since major college athletic programs produce large sums of money through television rights fees bowl games ticket sales and other means student-athletes deserve more than just a grant-in-aid for their efforts As a result intercollegiate sports have developed into a highly specialized multi-million dollar entertainment industry that rides on the shoulders of student-athletes This industry has in turn resulted in substantial rewards for big time athletic programs and the NCAA While universities are eager to compensate coaches for the exploits of their players they are steadfast in their abidance of the NCAA Manual This idea would have us believe the financial system between universities and student-athletes is unfairly balanced in favor of the institution A university realizes millions in revenue and all the athlete gets is a measly scholarship Article 12 of the NCAA bylaws provides that a student-athlete loses amateur status along with the right to participate in intercollegiate athletics when he is found to have received funds awards or other impermissible benefits established under NCAA legislation Schools should either stick to this in every case or just not at all These prohibitions on payment include direct compensation for athletic participation and receipt of financial aid above the cost of tuition fees room board and books While student-athletes directly contribute millions of dollars in revenue to institutions they receive nothing but the minimum cost to keep them in school Most of these young men and women come from lower-middle class and lower-class families that are unable to send the students spending money during the year or pay for a plane ticket home for the holidays
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