Imagine working during your whole childhood at your dream. While all of your friends are having fun being kids and hanging with other friends or playing video games, you decide to be different and train for 4+ hours of intense work to try and become the best player that you can be. You choose to practice every day because muscle memory refreshes daily — meaning you either can become a better athlete during the day, or you can gradually become worse. These hours are of extreme quality and hustle because you are worried that every moment you do not focus on the right things, that time goes to waste. Like Michael Brown of pursuebecomingvaluable.com says: “Practice does not make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect.”
Because of this, you become a really great athlete and you eventually are offered a college scholarship to play at a very competitive and prestigious university — you work even harder: More hours, more intense training, and a new intricate diet plan. You succeed while also becoming very popular and receive large amounts of national spotlight — all because of the sacrifices you made early in life while working incredibly hard while others had the time to do whatever they wanted. Pretty soon games start selling out, your jersey sales go through the roof, and the shoes you wear from whatever athletic clothing brand (Nike, Under Armour, Adidas, etc.) that endorses your school are beginning to sell out as well.
And after generating all of that money, what do you get? A free college tuition and a small stipend. This has been a likely scenario for many prominent college athletes and has become a major issue.
Details of the New NCAA Deal:
As of yesterday, the top governing board for the NCAA has decided to combat this issue by unanimously voting to let the athletes get compensated for the money that they generated.
The main points of the deal are as follows:
- Each of the three divisions of NCAA sports (DI, DII, DIII) are to create guidelines for what all schools in their own division will be able to do.
- Student athletes are to be treated as normal college students, and not the same as employees of the university. The deal also said that there “should be a clear distinction between college and professional opportunities.”
- California’s “Fair Pay-to Play” act will allow college athletes to hire sports agents and sign endorsement deals sooner than other states.
In my opinion, this will only help push away corruption and motivate athletes to try their hardest — thus resulting in better competition. Athletes won’t have any motive to accept behind-the-back deals from universities to come play for them because they will be paid anyway! This will give all schools a fair advantage to acquire the top recruits. And because the athletes will be able to receive endorsement deals based on how well they play, they will have more motivation to perform at an even-more competitive level. This will generate more money for the schools as well. I see this as a win-win situation for both universities and student athletes.
To really put this into perspective, take Zion Williamson’s jersey sales as an example. In one of his college games at home in North Carolina last season, the most expensive seat was selling for $10,652. That is double the price for the most expensive ticket in the previous season — where it costed $5,400!
If the NCAA had made it legal then for players to benefit from ticket sales, imagine how many other athletes would’ve been motivated to play college sports. It would have provided the game with a wider selection of players — resulting in better competition. And the better the competition, the more fun the game is to watch…
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