The Real American Hustle, the NCAA

The big topic for the week is, should college athletes have the right to unionize? Are student athletes employees or purely students? Until recently I was personally ignorant of the issues of student exploitation by the NCAA. The focus on the right of student athletes to unionize has brought new knowledge to the forefront about the workings of the NCAA.The National Collegiate athletic association is described as a non profit organization. It regulates the athletes of 1,281 collegiate institutions in the United States and Canada. It has three divisions in football, which offer scholarships, Divisions I and II and a third which does not. It is further divided into two subdivisions the FBS and the FCS respectively. Right now on campuses throughout America there is a campaign of deceit and coercion to convince players not to vote for unionization, citing that this would destroy the spirit of student athletics.But why should students be exploited for the benefit of some fat cat like Mark Emmert and others?

Let’s talk about salaries. According to USA Today, Mark Emmert the NCAA President made 1.7 million in 2011. At least that’s what he filed on his tax returns. Salaries for the top 14 NCAA executives totaled 6 million in 2010. The reason why these figures are old is because the NCAA is very tight lipped about what they make in compensation and salaries. This makes me immediately suspicious because they obviously have something to hide and they are not in the business for the sake of the students as they claim.

Focus was brought to bear on the subject of unionization because of Foot ball injuries but there is a larger issue, that of fair compensation for student athletes. While Football is a big money maker, Basketball brings home the bacon, according to the NCAA’s own reckoning Ninety percent of revenues are bought in by March Madness. The advertising revenues for March Madness topped even NFL football, coming in at $1,152,000,000 That’s One Billion One hundred and fifty two million people! There’s nothing wrong with making money, but wouldn’t schools be better off making their own network arrangements and funneling the money back into the individual colleges and Universities.

Why are student athletes being used and abused working fifty to sixty hours a week with out some kind of compensation. If they are injured or get sick or have to drop out because of reasons, they are just out in the cold. A stipulation in their contracts does not allow them to seek any compensation even after they are no longer student athletes. Their images are the property of the NCAA who blatantly sells them to corporations like gaming giant EA SPORTS, who makes video games and NIKE who manufacture shoes and apparel. We’ve all seen those labels on Jerseys, sports caps, shorts, track suits, etc.etc. that says licensed by the NCAA. I always assumed that the money went to the colleges to help defray the cost of tuition, so I was glad to pay the extra bucks, but now that I know the truth I’m not. Below is a link to USA Today with an eye opening list of the top paid college coaches as of 2014. Should these guys be getting rich off of student athletes, drawing in such outrageous salaries that it can’t help but drive up the cost of college tuitions. The next time you ask yourself Why are college tuitions so high and why am I in debt to the banks for the next ten years look no further than the NCAA that Parasite that claims to be non profit and the coaches and schools that propagate this American hustle. Below are a couple of links so you can judge for yourself.
Money and March Madness

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