Should College Athletes Get Paid?

Meme by author.

Meme by author.

Sam Morgan, Writer

UNC and Duke’s basketball teams just faced off. The cheapest ticket was $2,990. Some of you might ask, “Why would the ticket cost so much?” The answer is a 6 foot 7, 285-pound freshman named is Zion Williamson. And he gets paid $0 of how much money Duke makes off of him. He can’t sell his own autograph, he can’t sign an endorsement deal,  he can’t make money off his own identity, and he has to risk his future. Let’s be honest, most of these athletes aren’t going for the free tuition; athletes like Zion Williamson want to go to the NBA to make millions of dollars. Many of them have families to support.

The business insider reported that Duke University makes about $34 million off of basketball. Coaches make money, coaches receive bonuses; players don’t. Is that fair? The player’s practice, use their bodies and execute the coaches game plan. So, in theory, aren’t they mostly responsible for when a team wins? They score the points and play the defense. What if a player like Zion Williamson, who is projected to be drafted number one overall, suffers a serious injury?

Also, in many cases, student-athletes are required to miss classes for nationally televised games that make money. This happens in football, basketball, baseball, and other sports. The NCAA makes about $1 billion a year. That’s a lot of money. Now, that’s about $2, 173 per athlete.

However, the NCAA doesn’t even have to pay them. They can change eligibility rules so that student-athletes can sign endorsement deals, make money off their identities, or sell their autograph. So then students like Zion Williamson can make money. It is a form of modern-day slavery at its finest.