Serving Bel Air, Benedict Canyon, Beverly Hills. Brentwood, Laurel Canyon, Los Feliz, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Melrose, Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Topanga, Canyon, Westwood & Hollywood Hills.

Name

E-mail

facebook Canyon News twitter Canyon News

Canyon News

Bel Air News

Beverly Hills News

Brentwood News

Hollywood Hills News

Laurel Canyon News

Los Angeles News

Los Feliz News

Malibu News

Melrose News

Pacific Palisades News

Santa Monica News

Sherman Oaks News

Studio City News

Topanga Canyon News

West Hollywood News

Westwood News

Woodland Hills

Celebrity News

State News

National News

World Headlines

Deaf News

Entertainment

Film

Television

Music

On the Industry

Star Gazing

St. John's Confidential File

Theatrical Musings

Life & Style

Event Listings

Tech Talk

Looking Good For Lots Less

Spirit & Creativity

Miller Time

Books

View from the Hill

NY WEST

Chrystal's Recipe Corner

Career and Life Coaching

Gardening With Tony

Life According To Lenson

Real Estate Realities

Food

Sports

Marathon Running

Keeping It Bruin: A Look Into UCLA Athletics

Baseball

Basketball

Football

Hockey

Pets

Vi's Corner

Pet Tips

Point of View

John Armor

Message to America

Critic At Large... Ruta Lee

Labor Week

Ramblings

10 Degrees Cooler

McConnors corner

Edge of the west

The Physics Wizard

Auto

Kyle's Kars

Travel

Susan Michelle's Compass

Advice

Ask Deanna

Dear Lily

Ask Oona

Features

Dancing with Earthquakes

Archives

Sports Schedules

Traveling Beyond the Canyon

Edge of the West

Law Man

Ask Us

Nathan Tabor

The Angry Economist

Truth Probe

As I See It

Columnists

Truth Conquers

The Live Wire

Notes from Exile

Letters to the Editor

Dog Training by Anthony

Canyon Mews

Speak!

Sponsors

America's Most Wanted Dogs

World Recipes

Vegetarian Lifestyle

Humor

News Briefs

Local News

Books

News

Canyon Fodder

Bad Movie Night

Critical Projection

Ed's on the Town

Fitness Quests

Flashback Films

Stories of the Strange

Gourmet Grandma

He Said/She Said

Home Matters with Yvonne

L.A. Etch-a-Sketch

L.A. Ruminations

McConnor's Corner

Mommy Minute

Musically Speaking

My Back Pages

Publisher's Pages

ResourceINK

Scene and Heard in L.A.

Silly...But Wise!

Sunset Diaries

Table Options

The Paws Cause

TV Stuff

Cartoon of the Week



Point of View

Should Student-Athletes Be Compensated?
Posted by Trevor Roberts on Jan 11, 2014 - 6:09:58 AM

UNITED STATES—It’s a debate that has been brewing for decades.  Should collegiate athletes be compensated by universities for playing sports? It’s a decisive argument where some say, NO, while others say YES. Some would say with a student receiving a scholarship, that heavily compensates their services, while others would say the mere thousands paid out for the scholarship is nothing comparable to the millions or billions of dollars the school generates in revenue from the sport.

 

For starters, when it comes to basketball, it’s widely popular for college athletes with stellar years to consider leaving school to play professionally, as it’s a once in a life-time opportunity. The decision is even easier for those who are well aware that the potential to be drafted is high in the ranks, look at University of Michigan star Trey Burke, who had so many wondering will he or won’t he.  In the end, the athlete made the decision to go pro, one that was perhaps in his best decision. If he had stayed at the university, there is no guarantee he’s draft potential would be as high in 2014, as it was in 2013.

Michigan_State_1.jpg
Its an ongoing debate rather student-athletes should be compensated by schools they attend.

 

I am speaking as someone who worked with student athletes at a major university as a tutor.  There are some sports that place the athletes in a situation where they are always in work mode.  They really never get a break and when they do, it’s not really considered a break to some.  The money that is comes from scholarships handed out by the university is distinctly for paying for school, after tuition is paid for there is little income left for personal items or spending. Be warned, it’s not as simple as telling the athlete to go out and get a job, for most of them that is nearly impossible as their schedules will not permit it. So they are forced to rely on friends and family to assist.

 

Things become difficult, if the athlete doesn’t has the financially stability from family members, as many would expect to step to the plate. In today’s economy, it’s tough to survive being single. Not imagine having to attempt to pay for your child’s education and support your family at the same time. Not an easy thing to do. By having this discussion we open the floodgates to issues regarding who should get paid what, why and how? Yeah, it’s a discussion that is bound to create many headaches, but let’s bring the attention back to the student-athlete.  Is it fair for a university to make millions, I millions of dollars off of athletes, but not compensate them for the service that is being provided?

 

Absolutely not, yes, you’re paying for my education, but in most cases, many athletes don’t see careers beyond the professional light, and more importantly some rarely utilize the degree that has been obtained to further a specific goal they have in mind. Most athletes want to make it to the next level, and for more than 75 percent it never happens. So what are they to do? In my opinion, providing some sort of compensation gives the student-athlete the opportunity to build an income while in school. Money that can be used for purchasing a vehicle, leasing an apartment, purchasing a home, helping family in financial situations or an investment in business later down the line.

 

The problem with the compensation issue is what we do, with the athletes who choose to spend the money frivolously without any regard to what they’re doing.  A bigger issue could arise from certain athletes making more money than others, which could create a division in the team and lead to bigger problems for the sports teams. I guess this is a discussion where there is no winning situation. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t, as it will be impossible to make everyone happy, but at the same time, is it fair for the school to reap all the benefits from the athletes, when some are left out in the cold?

 

That is the question that has to be addressed, how do we adequately ensure that all are compensated fairly for the ”˜job’ that is being performed.  Because let’s face it, in the long-run, the student athletes are performing a job, and if they don’t they lose the perk of that job which in this case is a scholarship, but I beg to ask the question, is the scholarship enough.



 

Cliffside Malibu

-------------------------

-------------------------

 

MANHATTAN BEACH

Serving Bel Air, Benedict Canyon, Beverly Hills. Brentwood, Laurel Canyon, Los Feliz, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Melrose, Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Topanga, Canyon, Westwood & Hollywood Hills.