Truthfully, this should be a really short post. I just need to get something off of my chest. NCAA players have been taken advantage of for far too long and it needs to end, now. Universities have been able to boost their enrollment and pay coaches an obscene amount of money, but student-athletes are always left out in the cold. This became abundantly clear, once again, when Kevin Ware shattered his right leg during Louisville‘s game against Duke this past Sunday. A college player could ruin his entire career during one freak accident and have nothing to fall back on. It’s completely bullshit and the “hamster wheel” treatment has to stop.
Now before I continue, let me say I’ve heard all of the arguments against paying college players. I’ve heard the “they’re students, so if you pay them, you have to pay everyone” logic. Let me counter that by saying that’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. I can guarantee the kid dissecting a frog during a Biology lab isn’t bringing in millions of dollars to the school. I can guarantee the African Studies professor isn’t pulling in $5 million in salary per school year. Countless schools are visibly more successful due to the caliber of their sports programs. College players consistently put themselves on the line and get nothing in return. To top it off, if they even take a slice of pizza from someone, they could have their scholarships revoked. That’s some slave shit, son. Watching Ware suffer on the ground reminded me of the fact that if his playing days were done, Louisville wouldn’t do shit for him. They’ll just continue on as a program and where does that leave him, exactly? Just a gruesome segment during a sports highlight show.
To me, it goes without saying, NCAA players need to be paid. They risk far too much and make their respective schools far too wealthy to consistently get the short end of the stick. Let’s work on that. Deal? Deal.
P.S. I realize this post isn’t as short as I originally said it would be. I mean, shit gets real when I start ranting, son. You know you love it, bitches.