I recently watched this episode of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” and was shocked to learn that college athletes do not receive any kind of payment or living stipend. The NCAA even goes as far as not allowing any player to receive discounts or free meals from anybody. It is certainly very odd since the NCAA overall rakes in billions of dollars every year and cannot simply support student athletes. That is such a shame and when Mark Emmert, President of the NCAA, was asked about paying college athletes, he stated “they are not employees, they are students.” In reality, however, how are they not employees? As Richard Sherman basically stated in this video, you have meetings and various practices throughout the day in addition to class. You do gain work skills through this like time management and working with a team and in a sense they are expanding their school brand. These college athletes are making their colleges and the NCAA billions and still cannot receive anything in return.
There is something inherently wrong with the management of The NCAA. Instead of building that state of the art stadium, provide players room and board and money for food. In this video, there is a college athlete who many times went to bed hungry. Something certainly needs to be changed. It is also shocking to learn that some college coaches make over $50 million. It is almost as if they do not know what to do with all the extra income when the answer is so obvious. John Oliver says it best when he said that college athletes do not need millions. They at least need some type of compensation if these colleges and the league are making that much income. Kudos to Oliver and his show on shining a light on the inconsistencies of the NCAA and how they disrespect college athletes.