There was a lot of huddle and foul-cry when a story surfaced last year where an agent admitted to paying money to more than 30 NCAA football players through 1990 to 1996. It was a mojor violation but who was to blame.
There is an NCAA rule that while on scholarship, players are prohibited from working. And recently, a lot of college athletes are feeling the heat of this rule. Many a scholarship football players have admitted that they can hardly survive just on the scholarship and the meager stipends and have to turn to their parents or others for monetary support.
A few scholarship football players have admitted to chucking the rule aside and taking up jobs so that they do not go hungry. Although the stipend student players receive varies from college to college, it seems that, on a general scale, it is not enough. Students have various costs to pay and if the stipend they receive is barely enough to feed them, what happens in case there are unforeseen circumstances. For example, what if that 15 year old car they drive breaks down or they have to go home for a family member’s funeral. This throws their budget completely off. Some students even say that with the amount they have left after paying for recurring expenses, they have to survive on fast food which is counterproductive to their workout and training efforts.
A lot of the players come from blue collar families which have to struggle to make ends meet. These families have to bear quite a suffering if they plan to visit their son’s game in some big bowl city and have to compromise to a great extent on everything from travel to food to lodging. On the contrary, the teams enjoy lavish parties thanks to the school program.
The economics from the college football programs already pay back in double digit millions to the universities and the profit goes in paying multimillion dollar coach salaries and majority of the rest to the university and still, players are paid meager stipends.
All this should really put a light on whether college football players are being underpaid. The NCAA is working on new provisions that will pay stipends ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 but it is said that it has more drawbacks to be implemented and can run the sport to the ground. There definitely needs to be a way scholarship football players’ stipends can satisfy them and help them concentrate on the sport rather than surviving.