Why should NCAA pay their athletes?

Keyshawn Jones, Author

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Could you imagine working hard everyday, lifting, studying, playing games, generating millions of dollars and not getting a single penny? That is the life of a NCAA Division I athlete. Their names are being used, jerseys are being sold, tickets are being sold, games that are being broadcasted on national TV, and they still may struggle to find something to eat that night. Athletes on scholarship do not go to that school to “play school” they go there to play sports. Athletes do not have enough time to get a job and be fully invested into their academics and sports. The NCAA’s March Madness made $900 million in revenue. The players who are actually putting their bodies on the line day in and out. The average major football program coach’s salary is $1.64 million. That was in 2012 alone and has constantly been rising from 2006-2012. Imagine what it is now? The players get none of what is generated throughout the NCAA and that is just not fair to the players at all. Even the assistant coaches get paid more than 100,000 on average and the highest paid assistant at the time is USC’s defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin and he was paid $1.5 million. The state of California is attempting to pass a bill that will allow the NCAA to pay the players who attend major colleges in the state of California for their name, image, and likeness. The players not being paid a tad for the money that they bring in is blasphemy and should be changed.