Black Athlete

Why Student should be paid

According to N.C.A.A. rules, college athletes are not to receive any windfall
from any merchandise sold- even if they are tho only reason people buy it. In
other words, even if the merchandise is purchased solely because of an athlete\'s
popularity, that athlete receives no money. For example, how many University of
Michigan basketball fans would have bought jerseys with number four on the back
if Chris Webber did not wear it first? The student athletes are not permitted to
have jobs during the school year. Scholarship athletes\' incomes are limited to
their room and board check, per diem money on road trips, and whatever money
their families can spare. If the school is turning a profit off an athlete,
shouldn\'t the athlete receive their own fair share.

As depicted by the Program and Blue Chips money is an important issue for
almost all college students. Very few are lucky enough not to have the financial
burdens of tuition, housing, and food interfere with their academic initiatives.
Some students have parents that are wealthy enough to cover all of the costs of
college. Other students are given financial aid from the university that they
attend. If necessary, students can get jobs to help differ the costs. There are
no restrictions put on most students as to where they can work, or how much they
can earn. Most students have this freedom, but varsity athletes with
scholarships attending Division I schools do not. The National Collegiate
Athletic Association, the governing body of collegiate athletics, restricts
these athletes from having jobs. Even though these athletes would have a hard
time make room for a job between practices, meetings and games, they are not
even given the opportunity to do so because of the NCAA regulations. These
regulations are based on the fear that athletes could be employed by affiliates
of the university, who could attract the best athletes by unjustifiably paying
them extraordinary salaries. While this may be a valid concern, the regulations
are most often carried out to ridiculous lengths which ultimately do not serve
the purpose they are intended to have.

The prospect of the money waiting for many athletes, like Darnell, when they
leave college, leads them to abandon their education and head straight for the
professional leagues. Some athletes, like Shawn Kemp or Kobe Bryant, skip
college entirely. Kemp and Bryant both went directly from high school to the
National Basketball Association, and are currently making millions of dollars a
year. Other athletes, such as Stephon Marbury, Allen Iverson, Marcus Camby,
Terry Glen, and Tim Biakabatuka, all college phenomenons from basketball and
football, skip as many as three of their remaining college years. The lure of
fame and fortune is making more and more athletes leave college early each year.
Even those that stand a slim chance of ever becoming professionals cannot resist
the temptation to leave. These athletes often end up without the million dollar
contracts, and more importantly, without college degrees to fall back on. The
pressure these athletes feel from being so financially limited by NCAA
regulations also makes them consider leaving early. Many of these athletes\'
families would not be able to pay for college costs were it not for their
scholarships their sons and daughters receive. Such athletes are hard pressed to
ask their parents for extra money for the costs not covered by scholarships.

These scholarship athletes are put at a great disadvantage because, unlike
other students at any given university, including those on academic
scholarships, the athletes are not allowed to have jobs to earn the extra money
they need. The idea of leaving college early almost seems honorable in contrast
to some other temptations to which college athletes may succumb. In the past few
years the NCAA has seen many incidents involving player infractions of
regulations. In one particular scandal, members of the Florida State football
team were caught with illegal gifts from Foot Locker, provided by a corrupt
agent. Florida State is not the only University with such problems. The
University of Miami, and Auburn have been two notoriously corrupt athletic
programs. Such situations are all to common, as officials on every level seem to
look the other way. Their students are enticed further and further by the
temptation of money, until the universities are investigated by the NCAA. This
an example of how the NCAA regulations create an environment where the athletes
can give way to the extra pressures placed upon them.

The pressure they feel often leads them to cross the line between what is
legal and illegal according to the NCAA, as