On September 11, the California Legislature passed a bill that allows collegiate athletes to profit from their name, image and likeness in California. Governor Gavin Newsom officially signed the bill into law on September 30. The legislature’s approval of this bill, is the first step in the right direction of compensating college athletes. 

“The NCAA should realize that if they paid college athletes, the level of competition would rise,” senior Luke Stockstill said. “It would motivate players to play their best and in the end the NCAA would make a bigger profit because it would be more entertaining to watch.” 

College athletes should be compensated. Not only because the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) generates a yearly revenue of over a billion dollars, but also because head coaches of top football and men’s basketball programs have salaries worth over millions of dollars. According to “The Case for Paying College Athletes”, the average salary of a NCAA head football coach in 2013 was 1.9 million dollars. Also in 2013, the average salary of a head basketball coach was 1.2 million dollars. 

“It is pretty common to hear about head coaches getting new multi-million dollar contracts,” senior Avery Smith said. “But I have always wondered if college athletes should also be compensated.” 

It is shameful that an association created to ensure college athletes’ health and safety on and off the field, has now become a corrupt business with a monopoly over collegiate sports. Even though the NCAA generates immense profits, there are some athletic programs that are not self sufficient and must rely on their universities for funding. This causes student fees to become more costly

“I agree that it’s something the NCAA should be embarrassed of,” junior Broedy Poppell said. “College athletes put in a lot of hard work to be successful, yet the only people earning money are the ones that do not deserve it.”   

In 2011 the NCAA shifted their focus into becoming more of a form of entertainment for the public. The NCAA signed a 14-year contract with CBS Sports and Turner Broadcasting System  valued at 10.8 billion dollars for the rights to televise the March Madness Tournament. They also agreed to a 12-year 7.3 billion dollar contract to televise the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision playoff and six associated bowl games. 

College athletes pour their blood, sweat and tears into their respective sports. They also work hard to succeed in their academic studies. Allowing the NCAA to earn billions of dollars every year off the player’s name, image and likeness is wrong. It’s something that needs to be corrected for the rest of the nation.


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