NCAA History And Backgound

During the 1800s collegiate football was considered to be a brutal sport. Due to the deaths of 45 individuals from 1900 to 1905 the sport of football began to be looked down upon. As a result, President Theodore Roosevelt summoned the leaders of Princeton University, Harvard University, and Yale University with a threat to ban the sport of football unless the sport was heavily revised. The meeting had prompted 62 university presidents to come together as a whole and rearrange the sport of football. In 1906, this group had created the intercollegiate Athletic Association, later to become known as the National Collegiate Athletic Association in 1910. The debate on whether collegiate athletes should receive payment has been ongoing since the early 1900s.

College football regained its popularity during the period 1920-1940. The demand for football increased as well as questions concerning the business aspect of football. Speculation began on whether or not collegiate athletics should focus their attention on guiding their teams to victories. During the time many people believed collegiate athletics directing their attention solely on winning meant NCAA teams were jeopardizing their player’s educational purposes. In 1929, Howard J. Savage, a staff member of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, inquired on the business aspect of college sports. Within an article entitled “Athletics in American College”, Savage proposed a question “whether an institution in the social order whose primary purpose is the development of the intellectual life can at the same time serve an agency to promote business, industry, journalism, and organized athletics on an extensive commercial basis?”

Personal Opinion On Collegiate Athletics

Performing at a collegiate level is not as easy as it may seem. The competition escalates and the conditioning becomes more intense. Now as a college student-athlete you’re expected to perform at a greater level and manage your academic studies by attending all of your classes. Through all of this, college sports is still considered amateur compared to a professional NCAA team. Personally, I don’t think college sports should be categorized as amateur. These athletes dedicate their time and effort into one sport, not to mention the level of difficulty is far greater than high school athletics. Many of these men and women contribute so much time that the rarely have time to themselves, their families, or even their academic studies. This also conflicts with an athlete’s availability to work outside of school to earn a personal income of their own.

NCAA regulations states that any athlete whom receives monetary assistance due to their athletic achievements or by any means during their collegiate years, the athlete will then be subject to consequences. On many occasions the athlete will be forbidden to continue their season or be disqualified to participate in any sports for the rest of their collegiate years. Depending on the situation the athlete’s athletic career can come to a disappointing end. From all the effort and time an athlete out into one sport their time is very limited. To have all of their hard work taken away from them by one mistake not only affects them, but it also affects their families and the institution in which they are attending. Without the athletes collegiate sports will be nonexistent, and without their commitment and effort many teams wouldn’t be as victorious as they are now. I believe athletes should in fact be paid top play their sport because I feel that they deserve it. In my opinion collegiate athletics is in relation to an actual paying job, without the actual payments to the athletes.

For the most part the athletes put in the same amount of time and energy into their sport than a typical individual would for a part time job, if not more. The only difference is that the athletes can’t be financially rewarded for their success. People in honor of athletes not being paid agree that athletes should not lose sight on their education and not focus solely on their athletics. They also tend to agree that athletes receive enough money through scholarships or other alternative loans offered to them. The fact remains that not all athletes are given scholarships. Not only that but the athletes who receive scholarships are only assisted in paying for their college education. The scholarships won’t pay for an athlete’s personal expenses, such as money for food, transportation, or other essential things an athlete may need while attending the university. With the help of payments from the university the athlete can pay for their personal expenses, attend school, and have time to compete in the sport he enjoy doing, the most logical explanation. There is hardly any time for an athlete to work part time which results into them having a difficult time living day by day. I think it’ll be fair for an athlete to receive money from the long strenuous hours they’ve put in towards a university. A school having the ability to keep all the money from an athlete who made it all possible doesn’t seem right to me. Athletes earning scholarships can’t be the sole reasoning behind athletes not being able to get paid because not every athlete is guaranteed a scholarship.