The history of high school and college basketball is a complex but amazing journey until now. College sports began in the late 1850’s but high school basketball began in 1898. Here are the big questions, are student athletes being paid and should they be allowed to reclass? Reclassifying is registering with a graduating class later than your original, with the intention of developing better grades and test scores. From a sports perspective, this is a good thing, giving student-athlete another year to get bigger, stronger, taller, and more mature. This has been happening for years in basketball the most recent is Marvin Bagley who reclassified so he could be in the right grade and go to the University of Duke. A lot of speculations and rumors have gone around asking if he was paid to go early instead of waiting.
The same thing happens in football. Auburn cornerback returned a 109 yard field goal block attempt to score the winning touchdown over Alabama. College athletes took a stand when they were being used in videos games and not being paid. The arguments is “athletes should be paid because they are performing.” The article went on to ask who would pay the athletes? The school, conference, or NCAA? Should the whole team be paid or just the best players? Ben Simmons now a NBA player had this to say about the NCAA, “The NCAA is really f**ked up,” Simmons reportedly says in the documentary, according to ESPN. “Everybody’s making money except the players.
We’re the ones waking up early as hell to be the best teams and do everything they want us to do and then the players get nothing.” To be able to play younger kids just to get better offers or to beat the system to go to the NBA is crazy. On top of that the players with the most potential are being paid under the table money to do these types of things. Ben Simmons himself said he was offered nice things. Simmons alleges he was ‘offered’ cars, jewelry and other incentives while at LSU and the above accusation that his coach would ‘make up’ punishments for skipping class. So, the coaches pay players to stay at schools and so they’ll keep their job.
In some cases, the coach will be paid and others will get brand new equipment. It’s not just coaches even companies like Adidas and Nike will go behind the students back and give the coaches gear so that they can lead the player towards them. “It’s messed up in a lot of ways because we work our asses off for the schools so we can make it to the league but they all see it as a way to take advantage of a young black athlete.” Brandon Works is probably a player everyone will not remember, he was cut from his division 1 basketball team because of this interview. This doesn’t only happen in college. It starts in high school basketball, football, and AAU. AAU is probably the worst place for a basketball athlete.
Let me break it down, AAU is a travel basketball team and you go alone and without a parent, with you your coach is your guardian. That’s when college recruits, agents, and companies try to make everything sound good. They’ll give you sweet offers if you stay extra years in school and pay you under the table. Many of the kids take these offers because their families need the money. ‘The picture of college basketball painted by the charges is not a pretty one — coaches at some of the nation’s top programs taking cash bribes, managers and advisers circling blue-chip prospects like coyotes, and employees of a global sportswear company funneling cash to families of high school recruits,’ these people use athletes like Ben Simmons and many more for their own purposes. One argument is trying to get is getting the athletes paid. Ben Simmons said he would be up for leading this cause. But However, as questioned I stated earlier, who would pay the athletes the companies or schools?
They should go ahead and allow this because they already pay students under the books and not a lot of people oppose this to make it legal. All the research I’ve done I couldn’t find anything on someone opposing this. The idea, “according to investigators, was that the high-schoolers would matriculate at the colleges sponsored by Adidas; sign with Dawkins and Sood, who would see a windfall when the players joined the NBA; and ink a sponsorship deal with Adidas when they went pro. Adidas has been bringing players in since the 1990s and have been paying current high school students. Adidas is at every major AAU competition there is and they sponsor each one with gear for all teams.”
Getting student-athletes paid it doesn’t give them a true meaning of college sports If student-athletes got paid it would undermine the true meaning of playing college sports. It makes the athletes think differently. Reason I say that because it helps build athletes dedication and allow more focus on the game. If the student athletes get paid the would worry more on the money the winning or being a team player. Some people may not even play games just because they not getting paid right or they feel like they sold be getting paid more money.
Also, it wouldn’t be fair for the people that’s not student athletes. NCAA says that college sports are supposed to be about academics rather than the profit they bring in. If they were to get paid, they would most likely to be in it for the money instead for the love of the game. The money benefits the entire school not just the sports team. It does benefit them in different ways like uniforms, shoes, and expenses for the transportation. College sports are not like professional sports for many reasons.
It would be difficult to determine how much they should make from a week to week payment. This could possible put the school in a bad finical spot, as well as single out players who do not do as well as others, or the players who do not play as much. Most important the student-athletes are being paid with an education. While some athletes are not on a scholarship, many are, especially those who are playing for the schools that you see winning national championship. Some do not receive the same benefits because they make be a walk-on.
A walk-on is used in sports, described as an athlete who becomes part of a team without being actively recruited or awarded an athletic scholarship. Many athletes don’t get the chance to experience the college league. Great students’ athletes from high school may not have a good ACT score or SAT to get into their dream college to play D1 or D2. Sadly, some great athletes had to attend a JUCO college for those reasons. What I research for many people that don’t know JUCO is short for ‘junior college’. It gives student athletes to play at two-year schools, also JUCO is often called “community colleges”, you can earn an associate degree, and then transfer to a four-year college with two seasons of eligibility remaining to play D1 or D2.
In conclusion, the topic of Should College Athletes Get Paid really depends on how you look at it. Some may say you should get paid while others will say that you should not pay those athletes. In actuality the student-athlete should not get paid because you are receiving a lot anyways. Most important if you really the love the game you play it would not matter to you if you are getting paid or not. Although, you are not getting paid you are receiving a free education. Not only do you receive a free education, but within the sport program you get a lot of free stuff from shoes, clothes, and anything else you came name. Not only should the college athletes not get paid they should be grateful that they are able to play at the next level. After high school a lot of people are not guaranteed to pick up another ball a day in their life.