By rule amateurism is a status that collegiate student athletes must maintain to play collegiate sports. Amateurism basically states that student athletes cannot be paid or receive any monetary funding while playing a college sport other than scholarship. To me this is one of the most bullshit rules our society allows and I will tell you why. The NCAA is a Billion dollar industry whose growth rivals that of many blue chip companies. The majority of revenues made by this industry mainly comes from two sports football and basketball.
To break this down even more there are a handful of schools that are responsible for this revenue. Without these high profile athletes none of this revenue would be possible. What do these athletes get in return, free tuition and room and board, which is not even enough to cover all of the costs of college.
Because of the rules set forth by the NFL and NBA athletes are not allowed to go directly to the pros. With no other real options these high profile athletes are pretty much forced to go to college to compete in there respected sports. While major division 1 colleges are great places to develop in their sport they are in many ways taking advantage of these athletes. Most of these athletes would not go to college if it was not for athletics, but because college sports is the best route to the NFL or NBA they must take this route. Also the majority of these athletes come from harsh backgrounds and are nor very well off financially.
The question I have is amateurism really amateurism when millions of people watch you play, or is this just some term the NCAA uses so it does not have to pay the people responsible for making their money. Actually I’m not asking you, I’m telling you this is why the NCAA makes the amateurism rule. Don’t get me wrong, amateurism does allow colleges to have other scholarship sports that they might not have if these revenues were to go elsewhere. I don’t think that the money the NCAA makes should go directly to these athletes and maybe not even go to them at all , but they should be at the least be allowed to get some additional money other than there scholarship. At the least they should get what the expected expenses of college are. The colleges do not have to pay these kids more, society is willing to do it for them. I just think that it is not right that you can tell a kid that doesn’t have to cents to rub together that he cannot benefit himself, whether this be from endorsements, getting an agent or selling memorabilia. It’s just not right.
A great video to watch on this topic is Schooled: The Price of College Sports. It’s on Netflix