It is safe to say that college football is a lucrative sport.
With championship bowl games being sponsored by “Fortune 500” companies, Universities and head coaches receive billions of dollars for the commercialization of their school and players.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association uses their player’s image in video games, jerseys, and DVD’s — all which are moneymaking entities.
Is it fair for the sports programs to reap the benefits from the talent of their players?
Coaches like Alabama’s Nick Saban have seven figure incomes while the athletes receive no compensation.
Coaches never have to set foot on the field and they receive plenty of pay whereas the players are the ones generating the income.
It’s against the rules for any college player to accept a payment, but like any job, employees get paid for the duties performed.
Some feel college players shouldn’t get paid because they are considered amateurs and once they start receiving payments they are no longer that.
In reality, there are some college players that are just as skilled as the professionals.
They both share the same work ethic; they train hard all year around with strenuous exercise regimens and they risk their bodies on the field for college football to become and remain a multi-billion dollar industry.
Instead of receiving payment for their efforts, college players receive perks when they make it to a bowl game.
Items such as new clothing, shoes, luggage, TV’s, or iPad Minis are given as rewards.
The NCAA is not as stern in these types of situations.
These are just minor compensations when compared to the mental and physical damage they subject themselves to every time the take the field.
Players at the collegiate level expose themselves to concussions and debilitating injuries that can end their career before it starts.
If they are going to litterally risk life and limb to keep fans entertained they should get paid for it.