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― Eddie Vedder
Are College Athletes Paid Professionals?
By Zach Wargo 20'
There are many problems with college sports this generation, with scandals in college basketball, and with bribery in college football within the past 20 years. Video games have stopped being made over the past five years, and the question that everyone doesn’t know how to answer.
In a recent survey, 52% of blacks are in favor of paying college athletes, while only 15% strongly disagree, and say that they should not get paid while they are in college. While only 27% say that they should just support some college athletes. In recent years, the NCAA has gone through many lawsuits, and have owed millions of dollars to colleges, and people who think that college athletes should be paid. In a article last year, on CBS Sports.com did not state that they could not be able to interview white, and other people.
People have debated this topic over the past 10 years, with videogames, and endorsements paying the colleges, instead of the players. There are many pro’s and con’s if the NCAA does decide to pay D-I athletes. One of the positives is that the athletes would be able to support their parents and close family members who are struggling, as they are helping pay for their kid to get an education. If college athletes do get paid, it would probably let them pay for their meals, tuition, and help out their family with bills, and other financial problems they may have.
The NCAA has clearly stated where all the money goes, after people and television companies spend millions, and billions of dollars on events like the College Football Playoff, the bowl games, and the NCAA Tournament which airs all 65 college basketball games. The NCAA makes tons of money, and it all goes back to colleges, and their academic programs, food surfaces, and so much more which goes into college sports.
For years colleges have been paying other programs to play each other with is around 500k-1 million, most of this happens in college football, which the visitor teams get demolished and suffer a blow out lost, or severe injuries. In 2011 current NCAA president stated that 96% of its revenue is returned to its member schools. All the money that the NCAA clearly makes either goes back to the school's, sports programs, travel, and other endorsements to help keep their college clean and safe.
The pros of letting college athletes getting paid would be that athletes may actually stay longer in college, and get a degree and a education. Most college basketball players either go to the NBA after one year, or college football players leave college for the NFL after two years, which makes them not get an education and a degree which would get them a decent job after they are done playing professionally. An importance of a degree in college can welcome you to many well paid jobs, and can help sustain a family after these athletes get out of sports. The difference of a degree helps athletes understand that they will not be playing sports for their entire lifetime.
The last positive of letting athletes have money is just giving them what they are worth, as a Division-I athlete is worth about $170,098 per year, while 351 D-I basketball programs take in more than 4.5 million dollars in revenue, which is more than enough to pay them a decent amount of money. D-I athletes go through a lot of labor, with practices lasting up to 3-4 hours, and school, and dealing with finals and away games, it all adds up to stress. A little money wouldn’t hurt right? Well with pro’s there is always con’s.
Giving a plethora of money to many 18-21 year olds would mean that they would spend it all in one place, and not put it in a bank account. Most teens would not know how to manage large amounts of money, and spend it on themselves instead of helping out their families. The Herd host Colin Cowherd states, “I don’t think it's a great idea paying to college athletes, most of all 19 year olds will spend it quickly and in a split second! Let's be honest, mostly on weed and kicks! Colin does have a vivid point, as most teens don’t know how to manage money and are too young to understand how to save it.\
College athletes would love to get paid, while they play their favorite sport that they live for, which is the love of the game, well many players have heart warming stories for how they got to college, as they may the first in their family's history to make it to college, which comes from many low class families. Money doesn’t buy everything, but it sure does help a lot of people go a long way, to a new car, job, or even a new house. College athletes would love to buy their parents and family a new ride or home just so they can give back for all the hard work they’d done.
Another problem with paying players would mean many questions. Are they getting the right amount? Are they getting paid equally? Where is the money coming from? Which makes this a very conservative topic. Many questions would be answered. As would a star player that is a point guard that averages 14.7 Points, 6.1 rebounds, and 8.7 assists, get more or the same amount of money than the 12th man on Arizona’s men’s basketball team? Would the top talent on each team get bonuses, or would they not get any extra money for taking their team to the Final Four? Many questions would need to be answered for this topic.
The NCAA has also been trying to get graduation rates up, as only 67% of D-I athletes will graduate from college. Most of them either go onto the pros, or get drafted by a team. 67% is a low number for athletes, as they should be students first, and athletes second, as they will need a job after they are done playing sports.
Most athletes who go to colleges rarely have a meal to eat, or to buy a decent meal since they probably don’t have a job, and need to pay tuition, and other fees, so they can stay in college. There is a lot of reasons why and why not they should and shouldn’t be paid. Another problem is that some colleges don’t have enough money to pay the athletes, as they don’t make it to the bowl games or the annual tournament.
The last main problem is will the athletes continue going to class? They will probably slack off and ditch class due to the amount of money they have. They won’t be as competitive as they play, and will halfass everything that people throw at them. If they do that, then there likelihood of making it to the pro’s takes a jurassic downfall. Another main problem is very few sports make a lot of money, like swimming and fencing does not make as much money as basketball and football.
In my opinion, college athletes should not be paid at all, as it will be a distraction around school, and will get them in more trouble. They will be buying drugs, dope, and throw more parties as the will want to get cocky with their own money. I don’t think it's right, and it does not give them a real college experience. It make make some colleges go in debt, and there will be several complaints with the process of how they equally pay every single athlete.
The amount of money that the NCAA brings in each year is enough to pay the athletes, an equal amount is the real problem, as the NCAA will have to figure out how to pay each athlete with a fair amount of money each week or month. They will have to discuss what is right and what is wrong to do if they pass a bill to pay college athletes. If one thing that is not going to happen is athletes getting paid as much as the professionals do, which would put the NCAA in debt, and would let college athletes fail out of school, making graduation rates drop even more.
College Basketball has the biggest problem with keeping its athletes in school, with basketball players being the most impatient with getting to the NBA, and with them wanting to make money right away. Most basketball players nowadays do not want to stay in school, and the NBA needs to change the rule to where college players need to stay in school for at least 2 years to develop, and to get a education.
The NCAA has had major problems with its scandals with money, and harassments, recently, Louisville had fired its hall of fame coach Rick Pitino after him bribing recruits with Adidas, a top three sports company. The NCAA is a corrupted company, and it has been for the past 15 years. Paying every college athlete would make more scandals, and more trouble for colleges, coaches, its players, and the NCAA.
Feature: Ezekiel Elliott in Hot Water
by Reylena Tsosie '21
Dallas Cowboys #21
Ezekiel Elliott is a Dallas Cowboys running back, number 21. He is a well known running back for the Cowboys, he is also well known for being a woman abuser. Elliott was accused of domestic violence by his ex girlfriend Tiffany Thompson. He wasn’t charged and he denies these allegations. Who is lying and who is the culprit?
Who is Elliott?
Ezekiel Elliott was born on July 22, 1995. He is the son of Dawn and Stacy Elliott, he grew up in St. Louis. Elliott came from an athletic family, his parents both loved sports. He played football and he had been playing the game since he was seven. Ezekiel went to John Burroughs High school, he left high school and rushed more than 4,800 yards and 90 touchdowns.
College Years/ background
It was time for college and he went to The Ohio State University, He was ranked 12, for the best running backs in 2013. Elliot had lost his friend who was defensive end and he told ESPN, “ It was just a hard moment for all of us. For me, personally, that was my first time losing someone that I was close with.” Despite his great High school and college career, he has a past like everyone. Ezekiel was known in college for being one of the best running backs. He was also known for taking drugs in college and lifting up a women’s shirt and touching her breast. He was never charged for any of those crimes. Including battery on a Ms. Thompson.
Thompson and Elliott relationship
Tiffany Thompson is a twenty-one year old female. Elliott and Thompson have had two different views of their relationship. Thompson said it was a boyfriend/girlfriend type relationship. While, Elliott said, “She was just another woman I was sleeping with.” Tiffany and Elliott were also just friends with benefits.
What went wrong with their relationship?
They were fooling around until she got pregnant and told him about it on March 10 in Florida. She told the NFL that they weren’t ready to become parents at the age of twenty. She had found out that she was pregnant with twins, but she lost one of the babies through a miscarriage. She then terminated the other by taking two birth control pills. Elliott had told investigators, “Well, my intention was to be done with her, but now she was pregnant with my child,” “I just made it very clear to her… we weren’t ready to have a child.” According to Elliott, he knew that Thompson was taking birth control pills and when she told him he was stunned and he believed she got pregnant on purpose.
February 12, 2016 incident:
A 911 phone call, Aventura Police Department in Florida. Tiffany Thompson had called the police after Elliott had pushed her against the wall and hurting her shoulder. She then went detailed on their relationship by telling operators they were friends with benefits and he got mad after she told him that she texted one of his old teammates. There was no signs of injury nor witnesses. No case was filed.
What they told investigators:
She talked to league investigators about what had happened she went descriptive by explaining why she texted his teammate, Joey Bosa. He was Elliott’s old teammate and roommate. He got furious and then he physically pushed her. He then grabbed all of her belongings and threw it off the balcony. She then stated that she called the police.
Elliott told his story to investigators by stating that she was “rude” to him and Bosa and he told her that she can go back to Ohio the next day. He said he never touched nor harmed her accuser. He then told investigators that she was looking at him, smiling, and laughing at him.
Dallas morning news:
Thompson had an interview with Dallas morning news. She told reporters one incident that happened. They both got into an argument after Elliott had whispered to women, who she believed was a “Marketing Agent” who was into drugs. He then pushed her and shoved her against the wall multiple times. And he left bruises and thumbprints on her shoulders. She said he was drunk and, “When he drinks there was another part of him who loses it.”
April 28, 2016:
Elliott gets drafted by the Dallas Cowboys. In the 1st round and 4th overall pick.
July 17-July 22 week of violence:
Tiffany calls police again.
About three in the morning Tiffany had gotten into an argument with Mr. Elliott. She said that he had cheated on her all the time. So, on one of their breaks she told Elliott that She was dating another man on one of their breaks. He then attacked her and she had a bruise on her right forearm while she tried to block his hand from hitting her face. And she said, “ He lost control of himself and yanked me into the wall, busting my jaw, my face is swollen and a little bit bruised.”
A witness was staying at the apartment when this incident had occurred and he is one of Elliott’s friend and he did not see any fight or injury on her.
Thompson had taken photos of herself and the bruises on her. She sent them to her aunt and a note that was “Abusive”
What Elliott thinks:
Elliott hasn’t said anything to anyone about the trial. He hasn’t had any interviews with sports organizations since his suspension and his trial. He left the country to clear his head.
Multiple sources had alleged that Mr. Elliott had physically attacked Ms. Tiffany Thompson. What are theses sources? The sources included Tiffany herself and the NFL.Thompson had filed police reports, July 2016. He wasn’t charged with that crime. The NFL had conducted an investigation for over a year. The NFL, suspended Elliott. They had different opinions compared to the legal system. Roger Goodell thought that a six game suspension was necessary for the start of the 2017 season. The NFLPA had filed a lawsuit against the NFL, it wasn’t because they haven’t found Elliott guilty it was because they haven’t found him guilty and they believed it wasn’t fair. Judge Amos Mazzant a judge in the United States district court. In early, September the judge granted that Elliott play football. Tiffany Thompson accused Elliott for domestic violence back from when he was in college at Ohio State University in early 2016. If he is found guilty this will be the third time in three months that the NFL has found Elliott guilty of domestic violence. Elliott was supposed to be suspended for the first six games of the 2017 season. With an interview with Erin Andrews she asked him why he didn’t take the first six games suspension. He said that’s not who he is. His suspension was supposed to begin November 5th but, a federal court in New York blocked his suspension for the fourth time this year, and he ended up playing against the Kansas City Chiefs. Luckily Elliott and the Cowboys won 28-17. During that game he made a go ahead touchdown. Elliott’s suspension started November 12th and did miss the next six games on the Cowboys schedule, starting against the Atlanta Falcons. Meanwhile, he left the United States to clear his head and to train elsewhere during the six week span. The Cowboys got crushed playing the Falcons 27-7. Without Tyron Smith, Sean Lee, and Elliott they did not play during the game. December 1st is his court date to determine the rest of his suspension. December 1, Elliott had dropped his appeal. He was suspended for six games. He will be playing against the Seahawks on Christmas Eve.
Early present for Elliott
Ezekiel Elliott will be playing against the Seahawks on Christmas Eve.
What will happen next?:
There is a lot of question for the Dallas Cowboys. Will Zeke be ready for football? Will this suspension impact the team including himself? How well did Elliott perform?
ESPN had thought a lot of these questions, according to the Dallas Cowboys website, he is ready he has been lifting weights and working out throughout his suspension. Elliott is in better shape then the rest of the team. He is going to perform better like, he never missed a practice.
Everyone is excited for Christmas Eve and counting down the days for Elliott to return to the game that he loves. Elliott’s suspension has impacted the team, especially Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott. Prescott is excited for Zeke’s return.
He is back and will he better than ever? After, his six game suspension he is back and hungry for the brutal world of Football. The team is excited, "He was not going to come back on the flight with us. He went to New York. That was the last time I spoke to him. The message I share with him all along is control what you can control." Jason Garrett had explained to Elliott. The question is not for Elliott it’s for you, Are you ready for Elliott?