March Madness Indeed

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.


About thewheelworld91

My name is Mike and I recently graduated with a Bachelor's degree in history. I am disabled and afflicted with Muscular Dystrophy so I'm in a wheelchair. I have been looking for a job for over a year with no luck. However, i have some non profit experience and interned at a museum. Other than that I've been going to events for my disorder and doing fun activities such as video games and using the internet. This blog will focus on being disabled, US and international politics/affairs and video games or whatever is on my mind.
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