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Cutting to the Chase: C-USA is for paying student athletes
Student athletes may soon receive stipends above scholarship
The issue has been debated for years as to whether college athletes should be compensated above scholarships and financial aid. Good people differ on both sides of this debate; however, logic, compassion and sound reasoning have shifted the paradigm in favor of a compensation program.
Conference USA, along with several of the NCAA Division I big money conferences are reportedly endorsing stipends for athletes receiving full-scholarships.
It is no secret that the NCAA generates millions of dollars in revenue each year through lucrative TV deals, video game contracts, sports memorabilia, concessions, ticket and program sales (free advertising) as well as countless other revenue streams that are generated by colleges within its association.
The problem that has plagued the league for years is that due to NCAA regulations collegiate athletes are considered amateurs; therefore, they cannot be paid to compete even though they are directly responsible for generating the revenue their school collects from sporting events.
One could argue that these rules were put in place to protect the students from being exploited; however, times have changed. College sports are no longer just about the “love of the game” or the “love of your school”. Today, athletes realize the level they are competing at and what is at stake. They exercise and condition themselves mentally and physically and while competing, some endure horrific injuries that not only end their hopes for a professional career, but some receive injuries that change their lives forever.
The cost of attendance at most universities exceeds the amount of a full athletic scholarship and even with financial aid many athletes still do not have enough resources to cover the added expenses and untold cost associated with playing college sports.
There are a number of athletic programs that are barely getting by on their current budget that would not be able to afford to pay a stipend to their athletes; therefore, the NCAA would have to create a system that would preserve title IX, while fairly compensating the students who generate the income and maintain each schools fan base.
Which is why several conferences are now in favor of a minimal stipend, a figure between $2,000-$6,000 per student athlete; however, the exact amount a student would receive would be based on a number of factors, none of which have been fully discussed or thoroughly examined. At this point there are just a lot of discussions and speculations about the prospect and ramifications of a pay for play system.
Any stipend or compensation plan would have to be approved by the NCAA and so far every proposal suggesting compensation for players has been denied.
The heads of the ACC, Big -12, SEC, Pac-12 and Big 10 were some of the first to suggest such a stipend and these power houses generate enough revenue and have enough clout to bring this dream to fruition. If the NCAA chooses to continue with the present policy we could see a civil war where the aforementioned conferences separate from the NCAA and create an entirely new division.
The good news is with the powers that be in favor of a stipend, Conference USA athletes may soon have cause for celebration with a few extra bucks in their pockets.
Senior Staff Writer