Almost every college student can relate to the fact that money is scarce. Textbooks are over-priced, cheap supplies is hard to find, and on-campus jobs don’t pay as well as they should. Yet many students, including student athletes, are able to adjust to the reality and begin spending responsibly. A popular topic that is constantly being debated in sports news is whether or not division one college football players should receive pay. Although most athletes argue they should be given spending money because they physically cannot fit time in their busy schedules to hold a part time job, these recruited players are already receiving a free education from athletic scholarships. They are also training in expensive facilities, playing on clean cut fields and being guided by top-of-the-line coaches and staff. It is almost greedy to push for an additional pay. A student athlete is supposed to be able to balance their sport and their studies. If an individual is unable to keep afloat during their experience, that student shouldn't be playing for a college team.
From the moment a high school football player signs his letter of intent, it is well aware that he is committing to hours of long and sweaty, practices, games and training sessions. To most, this sounds painful, but to an 18-year-old boy who played football his whole life, this sounds like a dream. Playing for a Division I college team is a privilege. Although students are not getting money put directly in their pockets, large amounts of money are still being saved. Depending on the athlete, a student could potentially attend a $60,000 college for free; food plans, living circumstances and tuition would all be covered. Any athlete or parent of the athlete would be grateful for that scholarship.
Suppose several universities lose their minds and begin to give their football players a weekly income. According to Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 participation, scholarships and benefits must be equal, “ No person in the United States shall on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” If a college or university begins to pay their football players, they would also have to pay their basketball players, hockey players, soccer players, lacrosse players, swimmers, rowers, and any other team players in their school.
Title IX also stresses the equality for both genders. If a college begins to pay their men’s basketball players, they would also have to pay their women’s basketball players. Depending on the amount of division one teams a college offers, the total cost will vary. However, it does not take a mathematician to conclude that paying each division one athlete would be a huge cost for a school.