Should College players get paid
1.A month later, J.J. Redick curled off a screen and broke the NCAA record for most career three-pointers, showing Coach Mike Krzyzewski why Duke pays Redick nearly $31,000 per year in scholarships.
More and more college athletes are becoming household names without shoe deals, video game endorsements or a weekly paycheck.
2. If educational institutions pay their players, the gap between major division one schools and mid-major teams will only widen. Big name schools like Duke, Texas, North Carolina and USC would be able to pay exorbitant amounts of money to get the best athletes to play. This is the very definition of a professional athlete: one who earns a wage in his specific field.
3.The line gets blurry in the world of endorsements and outside contracts. A shoe deal in and of itself does not determine professional athleticism. These types of endorsements, although related to sports, do not necessarily mean that Nike, Adidas or Reebok are paying athletes to play a sport. What they are paying for is the name to put on a shoe, jersey or t-shirt.
One might ask if this means that companies are paying athletes with the expectation that they will play well. In many instances, yes, but the NCAA is more concerned with players receiving money as a direct payment for what they do on the court or on the field. Being paid to sell a shoe is different.
5.Nothing in the collegiate sporting world is guaranteed, and many players thrive on that uncertainty. Scholarship money can be taken away with a career ending injury, poor play or off-field misconduct. Endorsements and royalties are the same way.