It’s Time to Pay College Football Athletes

Ignacio Cervantes, Sports Editor

College athletes getting paid has been a topic of discussion for decades, but football revenue is above the roof. Credit: supermoney.com

Let’s face it, you and I turn our televisions onto College Football to watch players like Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama Crimson Tide rookie quarterback, make big plays on the big stage. Against the Crimson Tigers in the Football Bowl Subdivision National Championship game, he performed exceptionally well and had us glued to our screens.

We watch because these electrifying athletes motivate us and provide a similar product that the National Football League players do. Therefore, they should be rewarded as such. These players deserve to get a share of the profits just like the players in the NFL do.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association claims themselves to be a “non-profit” when in reality, all this money must be going somewhere. Yet they have the audacity to claim to be a philanthropic group.

Two years ago, the NCAA shifted its one-game championship system into a three-game playoff which increased the revenue by millions once it was introduced that a semifinal round would be added.

According to an article from CBS News online, the College Football Playoff alone generates $600 million a year. The players are dedicating their lives to the sport and do not see any of the millions of dollars in profits that come out of the playoffs. The dedication to practice and providing publicity for the big game is as intensive as what NFL players experience.

According to economist Andy Schwartz, College Football’s Division I revenue for the 2013-2014 season was calculated at $3.4 billion from ticket and merchandising sales, athletic department donations, and television contracts.

Coaches, athletic directors, assistant coaches’ salaries continue to increase, yet the players continue to get ignored. Something as little as an extra thousand dollars or so a year given as a grant to be used for miscellaneous equipment or necessities to keep up with the student-athlete lifestyle.

But in 2012 when ESPN signed a $7.3 billion contract with the FBS for 12 years of television rights to the new playoff format, the money continued to fall into the pockets of the wrong people.

There are 85 players on a roster with college scholarships and that’s earned from football talent. Just being a reason as to why such large quantities of money is being made is reason enough to pay them something on top of the scholarship.

Because if someone made lots of money from exposing your talents, you would like a reap of the benefits as well.