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COMMUNICATION THESIS PROPOSAL.
COLLEGE ATHLETES BEING PAID.
In American universities, college sports are an integral part of the college experience
since they bring a diversion from continuous academic work. It is an avenue for students to
engage in other activities that are of interest to them even though they are not of an academic
nature. The indulgence of these activities by students enables them to explore and nurture
other ways of making a living apart from the academic path. A lot of students have received
academic non- athletic scholarships and others have received athletic scholarships from
universities that have a strong sports program. In this proposal, I will be looking at the effect
of sports on student-athletes and show that the pressure exerted on the athlete deserves a form
of compensation from the athletic body governing collegiate sports (NCAA)
The focus of the thesis will be on student athletes with non- athletic scholarships. In
most cases the latter will be students who are good at sports but are attending college on an
academic scholarship. Attending a college with an academic scholarship means that the
student has to maintain a certain grade point average (GPA) for the scholarship to remain
viable. Balancing between sports and academics for this student athlete requires a lot of
dedication that is exhausting to the student. Students on athletic scholarships also have to
attend classes and study for exams in order to maintain an acceptable GPA. In the past, there
were instances where the student athletes had to drop difficult classes during the season, but
changes in the collegiate system prevent dropping of some units especially for students on
Student- athletes are treated differently than other students in college, and this is due
to the thrill and joy they bring to the entire collegiate fraternity. They are also considered
future pro athletes, which leads to an increase in the attention they attract. This is why many
universities around America have stadiums big enough to accommodate thousands of fans. A
review of data from the national collegiate athletic association (NCAA) shows that the body
made $1.1 billion dollars in revenues in the year 2017(Berkowitz, 2018). This revenue
amount will keep increasing as interest grows in college sports, and I believe the student
athlete should receive a fair share of the pie.
In this thesis I will be investigating why the NCAA has not yet come up with a
structure to compensate student- athletes. How much should be the average pay to the student
athlete? Will there be different structures for paying student athletes on scholarships and those
on non-athletic scholarships? How will paying student-athletes affect other aspects of college
Paying sports-athletes will be beneficial to the entire educational chain. The money
that student-athletes without scholarships receive will be helpful in paying for student loans
and financing campus stay. Those students in high school with a talent for sports will be more
motivated to put in work and start earning a paycheck in campus. Sports programs will
develop in colleges all around America in order to attract better student athletes hence
nurturing more talent. Paying student athletes will show them that their talent does pay
whether they make it to professional athletics or not. Exposure to a salary before ‘going pro’
will help the student athlete become a more responsible pro athlete in future.
College athletes have an added advantage towards tuition compensation in that these athletes
get sponsored on their academic tuitions according to their levels of performance
In this phase of the thesis we are going to elaborate the real understandin...