The topic of college athletes getting paid has picked up some serious steam as of late. After Northwestern football was allowed to unionize, the conversation has definitely taken a serious turn. No longer are we talking about if college athletes should be paid, we’re talking about when they’ll get paid.
To many, it’s a joke that there’s not already some form of compensation (beyond scholarships) in place. One guy who feels this way, is none other than Daily Show host Jon Stewart:
When you see the numbers laid out like that, it really hits home. The NCAA takes in billions, while student athletes get a mere break on paying back student loans in the future. Sure, it’s a great break to get. Anyone who’s paid on student loans for more than a few years can tell you how bad it sucks.
But as great as free education is, something just isn’t right with the current system. It’s going to be a slippery slope once one school starts compensating its athletes, because let’s face it, there are going to be a lot kinks to work out in the compensation system.
How can a division II basketball team get the same amount of compensation as the players for the Alabama Crimson Tide football team? Those are the hard questions that will have to be tackled. But at least we’re seeing a step in the right direction.