Gettin’ Money

Right now as it stands, NCAA athletes cannot be paid for doing their sport while in college. But that could change…

California Governor Gavin Newsom recently signed legislation allowing University athletes in California to be paid for their names and talents. The Fair Pay to Play Act was signed at the beginning of the month, and already other states are looking to potentially do the same. This act will go into effect in 2023.

Right now, in the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) athletes cannot be paid for the sports they play. They can receive scholarships, and funding from their school, but they cannot be paid for their appearances, advertisements or their image based off of their skills as an athlete.

So, is this a good thing or a bad thing?

This could be a great idea for athletes who’s schools are not able to offer a full scholarship, to allow them to receive other money elsewhere. Often times too, with everything that comes with being an athlete, practice session, lifts, team meetings, they are not able to then get a job outside of their sport, so anything outside of what an athlete is getting scholarships from their school for would not be covered. Also, this will get rid of the under-the-table offer transactions, and it would create a free market, that operates in transparency and is consistent throughout their respective sport.

Some however, think this is not a good thing.

In an article by NBC News, the NCAA board of governors said it was “harmful, and [they] believe unconstitutional”.

This could allow for schools with more money to essentially “buy” athletes and pay them more money to come to their school. Also, it would allow for athletes in sports that are more popular; like football and basketball to be paid while students in the less popular sports; like cross country or swimming to not be paid. Also, this would essentially create professionals in a university sport, and while doing so, put these athletes on a pedestal above all of the other students at that university.

There are many different opinions on this issue. This could be the beginning of a new era of college athletes…

Will other states and colleges adopt this policy or one similar to it? Or will it fizzle out and become something that almost happened?

Only time will tell

5 Replies to “Gettin’ Money”

  1. Hmmm… I see benefits for students who need to earn money to fulfill financial needs where schools aren’t able to offer full scholarships for every athlete, however I don’t think it would be wise to pay athletes in college for their athletic performances. How would that be regulated? I’ve never been a fan of having sports be financially backed by public schools pre-college or in any state run schools- but in private schools or universities I think it is up to the school boards and parents (financiers) of the school if and what sports would be supported. The idea of students being paid for sports while at a school while others who are equally talented in science, music, performing arts, or any of their respective fields seems unfair and biased.

  2. I think it should be that only non-universities could pay athletes. That way the “high dollar” universities couldn’t just buy the best athletes… unfortunately there is no way for anyone to be sure that universities don’t just find a way around that rule. There are ways of hiding where funds are going that could allow for loopholes in that.
    This would also make universities just raise their prices for tuition because they know there is more money available. I don’t know if there is a way for this to work that doesn’t end badly…

  3. Interesting read! I personally enjoy watching College sports more than professional because the athletes are playing for the love of the game. I notice that often times in professional sports it becomes more about the money than preforming well. I would hate to see this happen on a collegiate level as well. I do agree that student athletes are stretched too thin in today’s world but I don’t know that the university paying them is the perfect solution. Thanks for your thoughts, Lauren!

    1. I agree, it does seem like the professional athletes do not have the same emotional investment and it shows in their respective competitions.

  4. Allowing colleges to pay athletes opens a gigantic Pandora’s box. It is going to exacerbate the gap between the haves and have Nots. The big schools that have large media contracts will be able to not only have their allotted scholarship spots regulated by the NC toAllowing colleges to pay athletes opens a gigantic Pandora’s box. It is going to exacerbate the gap between the haves and have Nots. The big schools that have large media contracts will be able to not only have their allotted scholarship spots regulated by the NCAA, but will also be able to buy the next best athletes on the market and not give them a scholarship but give them a “stipend”. The smaller market schools who do not have large media contracts for their big sports will not have the money to pay for cross country or swimming or wrestlers. This will lend itself to more sports programs in smaller schools being cut.
    However, there are some positive points to paying athletes if college is their only place that they can monetize their efforts. The regulation of that and the consistency in being fair to all and maintaining a level playing field across the country will be extremely difficult.

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