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Student Athletes Should Get Less Homework Slogans

If you are involved in a sport or extracurricular activity, trying to juggle homework and your activities that you partake in can be pretty demanding. Being an athlete myself, I can tell you first hand that it is tough to get homework done when I get home so late in the day. A big debate among students nationwide is should Athlets Have Homework? I certainly don’t think so.

The first point I would like to address is that most athletes get home much later than regular students. This benefits the regular students because they have much more time to get their homework done while the athletes hardly have any time in season. I get home at 7 on most nights, and by the time I shower, eat, and do my homework/projects, it is already 10 or 11 o’clock at night. When I am in the off-season however, things drastically change. I get home at 4 o’clock most nights and I do my homework on time. After getting my homework done, I usually have about 4 hours left over before I decide to go to sleep. This is the life of a regular student. This is part of the reason that student athletes find themselves ineligible for at least one week of their season. They get swamped with homework that they just cannot complete. It’s not that they don’t put in the effort, but that the teachers don’t put in the time.

The second point I would like to bring into light during this debate is that Athletes come home exhausted and just want to come home and relax. In the process of doing this, they often forget all about homework and go home, take a shower, eat, and rest. I have been guilty of this many times, sometimes in this very class. The point that I am trying to get at here is that homework is often forgotten by student athletes.

It may be true that you don’t have to be a part of the activities you are a part in, but what else are you going to do your four years of high school? Plus, you enjoy what you do and look forward to it every day. It also looks good on a college resume. Who would a school rather take? Someone who does sports and get good grades or someone who just gets good grades and does nothing more.

If you think about it, homework can be traced down as the problem involving ineligibility. Imagine if there were no homework for student-athletes, would there be any casualties? If student athletes need not worry about homework, eligibility would be at an all-time high. This proposed change would benefit both coaches and students nationwide. It would benefit coaches by having a roster full of eligible athletes and the athletes in turn will have more playing time, and would not have to worry about one less responsibility when he/she gets home.

In conclusion, Athletes should not have homework because of all the positives that are involved in the change. If homework were to be eliminated, I feel that the positives outweigh the negative in the end.

 

There has been major discussion recently if college athletes should or shouldn't be paid while they are in school. The first thing opponents say is, "They're already getting a scholarship! That's more than anybody else! Don't be greedy!"

Fine, let's not be greedy and look at how much a scholarship is actually worth. On average, a full Division 1 scholarship is $25,000 per year.

"That's $100,000 over four years!"

Yes it is, but most athletes don't last at a school for the whole four years. Once you get a sport involved, there are politics, injuries, and a call to the office to tell the player, "Thanks, but we don't need you on this team anymore." Many players will get a scholarship for a year or two, then transfer to a different school which turns out to be a better situation.

A $25,000 scholarship may seem like a lot of money, but it really only covers the basics. It covers thousands of dollars in mysterious, unknown university fees, tuition, housing, a meal-plan and multiple hundred-dollar textbooks. Some players, if they come from a low-income household, get a few hundred dollars each semester from Pell Grants which enables them to buy chicken soup instead of chicken-flavored ramen.

Contrary to what all the opponents believe, being an athlete is a full-time job. On a typical day, a player will wake up before classes, get a lift or conditioning session in, go to class until 3 or 4 p.m., go to practice, go to mandatory study hall, and then finish homework or study for a test.

For a little extra money to see a movie or go out to dinner once a week, my freshman roommate worked a job at the university, earning about $7/hour. He would work his butt off all day, with two or sometimes three basketball training sessions, plus classes and homework, and go to that job for a few hours late at night. He would come back exhausted, but he needed whatever money they would pay him.

However, once the season started up, he couldn't work that job anymore. We were on the road all the time, even gone for two straight weeks at one point. The teachers let us do our work from the road, but the job wasn't going to pay you just because you were playing basketball on a road trip. The team gave us meal money (about $7 per meal) so we could get chips and condiments with our sandwiches, but anything else was considered an NCAA violation.

The point of this is that a scholarship doesn't equal cash in a player's pocket. Even with any type of scholarship, college athletes are typically dead broke. But how much do the top NCAA executives make? About $1 million per year.

Who else makes money off these near-professional level athletes?

First, their own coaches. Many coaches earn at least $100,000 per year to coach one of the major sports like baseball, basketball, or football at a school. These coaches will receive bonuses for getting to the playoffs, winning championships, or breaking school records. You know what athletes receive as a bonus? Nothing.

Second is the NCAA. Recently, the NCAA and CBS signed a $10.8 billion television agreement over 14 years. The NCAA is also considered a non-profit company.

Third, the athletic programs. Universities bring in hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars to their athletic programs each year. Through donations, ticket sales, media rights, advertising, and anything else with a price tag, these athletes are symbols for their school and their program. If a school makes a huge scientific achievement, they will be in the newspaper for a few days. The athletic teams, however, are in the newspaper the entire year.

The flip side of this is that not all sports teams are profitable. For example, some less popular teams like swimming, tennis, or volleyball don't earn the university much money, and the bigger sports like basketball and football make up for the lost revenue. So why would we pay athletes if entire teams are struggling to survive?

We would pay athletes because when President Theodore Roosevelt helped create the NCAA in 1906, he had no idea what it would grow into. At first, it was a great place to watch athletes play sports while making sure the rules were being followed. But now in the 21st century, the NCAA is a billion dollar company. Why hasn't anything changed? Because the decision makers have the mentality of, "This is the way it's always been." They're scared to make amendments, even when it's necessary.

I'm not saying we should be paying athletes $5,000 or even $10,000 per semester. If each athlete got $2,000 paid over the course of the semester, this would give them some spending cash and an opportunity to start managing their money. Most athletic programs can't afford to pay athletes on their own, so the NCAA and their executives need to figure out a way to start compensating their golden geese.

Athletes earn their schools hundreds of thousands of dollars, increase enrollment, and if they do well, provide a recruiting piece for generations. Top NCAA executives are getting $1 million per year while an athlete can't earn $50 from signing a few autographs.

Let's open our eyes to what's really going on. The NCAA "prevents student-athletes from allowing their likeness to be used for promotional purposes."

There's only one thing I can say to this: Why?

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