Northwestern University’s football team recently won the right to unionize. They feel they are employees of the school and deserve compensation and collective bargaining rights. I wrote an article about this can be found by clicking here.
One of the reasons the term student athlete is a disgrace to anyone with a brain is how much money the NCAA makes off of the labor they don’t have to pay for. Scholarships, food, housing, and travel don’t mean shit when you’re talking about an $11 billion television contract. That is how much the NCAA is pocketing for their March Madness television deal. Who provides the content for the television networks to distribute? That would be the student athletes. Well in the entertainment business if you provide content to be distributed, then you get paid for it. The NCAA is getting paid, the students are literally starving.
Jon Stewart recently had many, many great things to say on this subject on a recent episode of The Daily Show.
All that money and the players still have to pay their own medical bills? It is irresponsible and reprehensible that the NCAA is allowed to make that much money and not pay the players. If the NCAA doesn’t want to pay players, then there is a very easy solution…..donate every penny above operation cost to charities with full transparency. If the status quo remains, that charity will be one that feeds and clothes impoverished division one student athletes.