The amount of time and effort a student athlete gives to a certain University is priceless. For example, the University of Michigan is top tier academic and athletic University and it brings in the top-notch students and athletes every year. The students that get in to the school have one main focus and that is their grades. The multiple hours that are spent on homework and studying is countless and the reason they do this is because they want to get a degree that suits their life passion. Student Athletes have to focus on the same thing but also spend double the amount of time preparing and competing in their sport. This time commitment does not allow student athletes to work a job or have time for anything that does not revolve around school and sports.
The question that many people argue is whether or not student athletes should be paid?
Before going into my reasons, I read an article on the Washington Post that my father sent me that has great points when it comes to paying student athletes. Washington Post. This article goes in to depth about how a student athlete that played for the Connecticut Huskies basketball program, Shabazz Napier goes to bed hungry every night because he does not have enough money to pay for a meal late at night. This issue is around all college campuses with many of the student athletes.
This question has many answers but the right answer has to do with some sort of pay or plan that is set in stone. The athletes that compete on a daily basis and bring in revenue for the University do not see one cent of that money. Denard Robinson, Braylon Edwards, Chris Perry, Chad Henne, etc. all have had Michigan jerseys sold and worn by thousands of people. With this being said, where does that money go? I tried to follow and ask around about where the money goes for the specific jerseys but it is thrown in to the athletic program. Although, I believe that is where the money should go, why do the athletes not see any of that profit from their name. I am not saying that high profile college athletes should be getting paid thousands of dollars for their jerseys, I am simply stating that there should be an advantage for all student athletes when it comes to getting paid.
While writing this blog, the world “play” popped in to my head and although this post does not have a lot to do with “play” I want to spend a little time relating the fact that student athletes still get to “play” the sport that they love. It is extremely hard to be an athlete at the University of Michigan but as Johan Huizinga states, all play is voluntary. I know by experience that the only reason I wake up everyday early in the morning to compete and work out is because of the love that I have for “play”. “Play” can be anything from a simple game of pick up basketball to the World Series. I believe it all depends on the individual and what they strive for when it comes to playing their sport.
These games are limited by space and time and all of them take you away from the real world in a sense (Huizinga). Baseball takes me away from the real world, every time I set foot on the field.
Being an athlete at the University of Michigan is not easy but one of the hardest parts of the process is eating and being full. A lot of personal money is put in to food due to the late games and practice hours that are in place. All the dining halls are normally closed after practice and often I go to bed hungry. Another idea that is more realistic, which would take place of paying athletes is opening up a free dining hall for all student athletes. The hall would have hours that fit the athletes schedule and it would be a lifesaver for most. This idea can easily be incorporated in to everyday life at Michigan and it should be considered very soon.
I am certain that all of you do not agree with these tactics but I am extremely intrigued about the different ideas that people have. Please help not just me out but many others. Thank you