According to INDYSTAR, NCAA is approaching $1 billion in revenue. Yes, that’s a lot of money. So, the question is, why can’t the people that make the NCAA relevant get a piece of that money? It’s time for the players to get paid.
The counterargument is that, “well if they are good enough, they will get paid in the NFL”. True, but why make them wait?
A lot of the college athletes are on scholarships, which pretty much pays for all the basic things like tuition, dorm pricing and a basic meal plan. To some of the
athletes, that is more than enough to get by, for some, it is not even close.
Take a look at Todd Gurley. Gurley was drafted 10th overall by the St. Louis Rams in the 2015 NFL Draft, so, he is getting paid now. But what about in college?
Gurley is arguably the best running back to ever play at the University of Georgia. We can’t forget about Herschel Walker, Garrison Hearst, Knowshon Moreno and current sophomore running back, Nick Chubb. In his career, Gurley rushed for 3,285 yards to go along with 36 touchdowns. He also had 6 receiving and 2 kick return touchdowns. He was spectacular.
Gurley made the University of Georgia a lot of money. Every home game at Sanford Stadium in Athens, the seats were filled with number 3 jerseys. Although, college jerseys don’t come with names on the back, we knew the number 3 was for Todd.
Despite all of his on-field success, he found himself in some trouble off the field. Gurley was caught on camera signing autographs for money.
“One source in the autograph industry told ESPN’s Darren Rovell that it was known that Gurley was seeking between $8 and $25 per signature, charging less to an autograph dealer if he signed more pieces.” (ESPN.com)
Gurley had to give the a portion of the money back, complete 40 hours of community service and was suspended 4 games that season.
We have witnessed many other cases of players getting suspended for making money off of their name such as another former Georgia star, WR A.J Green, and former Texas A&M star, QB Johnny Manziel.
So, in my opinion, I think that college athletes should get paid. I mean, after all, they are the reason the NCAA generates so much money.