March Madness, MADNESS?

Written by: Angela Radesic

March Madness court

Photo courtesy of: FOX News

As we enter into arguably one of the busiest months for the NCAA, they are once again in hot water concerning their players. It seems to me that people constantly bring up the argument that student athletes should be paid for being a player affiliated with the NCAA but then eventually let their opinions go, but this time it got a little more heated than before.

The argument stems off of the facts about how much revenue is made off of NCAA sports in general, and just like any argument, there are two sides to this one as well. On one side of this disagreement, there are people in favor of these student-athletes getting paid. And on the other end, there are people that HATE the idea of these athletes ever getting paid.

I am one of the people that hates the idea of student-athletes getting paid.

My reasoning on this? They are student-athletes. Like I said in my last post, when these student-athletes sign on as an employee of the NCAA they sign away their rights. As an employee of a company or organization, they sign away some of their first amendment rights.

I also believe that as a student-athlete, they need to focus on academics. Yes, they are employees of a multimillion dollar organization, but they are also college students and I think that adding a dollar amount incentive will only discourage them from their school work and further take away from the fact that they are amateurs.

These student-athletes have their whole professional career to have money be the source of their motivation. And after all, the NCAA is about amateur sports and paying these athletes will take away from that amateur aspect of it.

While this argument seems like a conversation that any fan of sports can and will have an opinion about, this time the argument sparked the attention of NBA players in particular.

In February, Lebron James decided to place his opinions into the mix as well, causing a bit of an uproar and involving way more people than needed to be involved if you ask me. In my opinion, NBA players should stay out of the spotlight when concerning amateur players.

According to Sporting News, James said in an interview, “‘Obviously, I’ve never been a part of it, so I don’t know all the ins and outs about it,’ James said, and if only he’d quit there. ‘But kids getting paid is nothing new under the sun. You’ve all seen ‘Blue Chips.’ It’s a real movie, seriously … The NCAA is corrupt. We know that. Sorry. It’s going to make headlines, but it’s corrupt.’ ”

The corruption comes into play with millions of dollars being paid to these amateur players under the table. This kind of agreement between the players and these companies has formed a betrayal in the image of the NCAA.

NBA players getting involved has only stirred the pot more for the NCAA. I am positive that the NCAA will make the choice that will benefit their organization and their reputation.

I mean, you know what they say ‘In like a lion, out like a lamb.” Hopefully the month of March can play out just like this for the NCAA after this “lion” of a mess.

What are your thoughts on the matter? Do you think student-athletes should be paid? Would them getting paid take away from their amateur qualities? Is it fair that they aren’t paid? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

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