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New NCAA legislation

Commentary

November 10, 2011

By Alex McKinley

“In effort to pacify the media outcry regarding the ‘poor’ players who only get a free education while bringing in millions for their school, the NCAA Presidents have authorized conferences to allow schools to provide a $2,000 stipend, or the cost of attendance whichever is less, for each “full” scholarship athlete,” according to John Parry, Director of Athletics at CSU.

People have always questioned why college athletes are not paid for all they do for the university. They bring in millions of dollars each year and are given nothing beyond scholarship money and room and board in return. It’s as if they are working for no pay. The schools are reaping the benefits of these star athletes.
These athletes are considered amateurs, and they aren’t supposed to get paid. That doesn’t make sense because they bring in millions. It is like they are just used as cash cows for the schools.

These athletes work hard after school and study in the classroom to make the grade so they can play. Should they be rewarded for this?

“This is more of a P.R. move to placate the public because these athletes make generate millions for their universities,” Parry said.

These players are student-athletes first, not professionals.  If they are good enough, they can make it to the next level and make the big money. Student-athletes have the highest graduation rate. They are getting an education and playing a sport. If they are paid $2,000, it’s just like if they had a part- time job.

CSU will have to add $100,000 to its athletics budget to stay competitive and pay athletes. The question is, where is the university going to get this money? CSU didn’t have enough to keep the baseball team, so how will we pay these athletes $2,000 a piece?

“Last spring when CSU dropped baseball, we retained $100,000 in the baseball scholarship budget to allow enrolled baseball players to keep their athletic aid until they completed their degree at CSU, if they chose to continue.  This year, six former baseball players are enrolled, and the total athletic aid they received is less than $50,000. Four of them are seniors, and two are juniors. If the juniors come back next year, their combined aid will be less than $20,000. Therefore, we have enough scholarship money to phase in the additional scholarship money allowed by the new NCAA legislation,” said Parry.

CSU budgets 120 scholarship athletes; 70 are partial scholarships, and 50 are full scholarships. The sports that offer more full scholarships are in men’s and women’s basketball and women’s volleyball. 

So with this now in the making, CSU will see if they want to do this for its athletes. The money will be there, so it is up to the athletics department to make the final decision.