In Defense of Paying College Athletes

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

NCAA Championship Game: Butler v Duke (Kevin C. Cox/Getty)

Be it from ticket sales, memorabilia, television rights, or donors, college sports generate over $6 billion in annual revenue. Yet while coaches are receiving larger and larger contracts — the average college football coach's salary in 2010 was $1.36 million — the money doesn't trickle down to the players. The discrepancy has led many to call for stipends or other methods of paying college athletes for their work on the field. On January 14, the National Collegiate Athletic Association will review the issue.

Joe Nocera, op-ed columnist for  The New York Times, outlined a plan for paying college athletes in this weekend's Times Magazine.

Comments [3]

Ken from Kansas

They should absolutely NOT be paid, a free education is payment enough!! Maybe they should lower the ticket prices to games or actually use the money to support other degrees so more people can go to school who actually want to learn something and contribute real value to society!

Jan. 03 2012 11:06 AM

I read Joe Nocera's lengthy article in the New York Times. It is such garbage.

So what does Joe Nocera think the problems are? He thinks athletes have become a "different species" on campus; unlike other students. I'll admit; that's a problem. And what Joe Nocera suggests in the Times -- paying them, creating a player's union, establishing a salary cap and allowing monetary "bidding" for star players -- will do NOTHING to solve those problems.

Addtionally; what Joe Nocera supposes is a problem probably isn't a problem at all. Without any data, Nocera suggests that the discrepancies between what the elite coaches get in salaries, along with what some athletic departments generate in revenue, "has bred a deep cynicism among the athletes themselves." And yet, thousands upon thousands of student athletes continue to work hard just to get athletic scholarships, because they love to play their sports (even though most of them will never play as a professional), and their families will be thrilled with their scholarships.

Jan. 03 2012 08:47 AM
John from Kankakee IL

College athletes should NOT be paid. Full ride scholarships to a major university is plenty payment. There is no shortage of candidates for the positions. Getting their tickets punched for a future in a multi million $ salary after they finish is plenty.

Jan. 03 2012 08:45 AM

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