The assertion that college football and men’s basketball teams are making obscene amounts of money while the people who make it for them, aka the student-athletes aren’t getting their fair share has been heard far and wide. Sure, each student-athlete receives a grant-in-aid (scholarship) which pays for his room, board, books, tuition and fees, (not to mention as much free tutoring as he needs) but research has been presented that even that substantial payment does not cover the actual and necessary cost of attendance. Therefore, it seems only fair that an additional stipend should supplement the student-athlete’s scholarship to correct this injustice.
The question that needs to be addressed is, “Exactly how much money would solve the problem?” What if there was a way for student-athletes to receive over $6000 each year (far more than has been discussed)? That would certainly solve the problem. Everyone has heard UConn star (and Final Four MVP) Shabazz Napier’s claim that there were nights he went to bed staving. Dale Brown, the former basketball coach at LSU was one of the earliest and most vocal proponents for paying players. He would tell the story of the destitute, young player, living away from home and not having enough money to go on a date or even just go out for a burger with his fellow classmates. He needed – and deserved – money, over and above what a scholarship covered, just to maintain his dignity, Brown contended.