Jul. 17, 2015
Time For The NCAA To Compensate College Athletes
To say the NCAA is raking in the cash this football season is an understatement. Only the U.S. Mint can make money faster.
What a deal, huh? The NCAA make millions, the coaches make millions, while the athletes who people pay to come see play, don't make a dime, and may have very well gone to bed hungry after a game. Now, the first response to such talk is how athletes get a ‘free scholarship.’ However, there is absolutely nothing free about an NCAA college scholarship.
Ask practically any college athlete and I can practically guarantee you they will tell you they earned every penny that is spent on their tuition, books, and room and board.
They will tell you no one has given them anything, considering the inordinate amount of time they put in at practically year-round practices, and those so-called 'voluntary' workouts that, on the down-low, are about as mandatory as basic training for a military recruit.
Student-athletes earn their scholarships through hard labor, no different than any other person in America's workforce. That is precisely why the National Labor Relations Board ruled last year that the Northwestern University football team were university employees, and free to organize as a union.
Former Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter testified to the board that the team spends 40 to 50 hours a week in practice, and 20 hours going to class.
Understand, this is what Colter went through at Northwestern, one of America's preeminent academic universities.
I can assure there are literally hundreds of football players at all levels of college football that will attest to similar circumstances.
However, people are becoming wise to their act. The NCAA took a hit in the Ed O'Bannon class-action, anti-trust law suit.
A federal judge ruled the NCAA must pay $45.9 million in attorneys' fees in the case. O'Bannon, the former UCLA basketball star, along with 19 others, sued the NCAA.
They alleged the NCAA violated U.S. Antitrust laws by prohibiting athletes from sharing in the profits from the use of their images in broadcasts, and video games.
That is the arrogance of the NCAA in a nutshell. They were willing to use the likeness of athletes like O'Bannon, the stars people pay to see, and even play on video games, to make money.
Yet, the NCAA wouldn't even share a penny.
It is time for the NCAA to compensate its student-athletes.
(Follow me on twitter: Rickey Lamar Hampton@Bighamp76)