Should College Athletes Get Paid? Former Gator Players Weigh In
Published March 27th, 2014
GAINESVILLE - There's been a question on quite a few college coaches' minds today, should college athletes get paid? While the current answer is a resounding no, a national agency's decision allowing college football players at Northwestern University to unionize could change things. We talk to former gator football players and find out what they think.
Here I have the ruling by the National Labor Relations Board. This 24-page decision classifies students count as employees of their university, which gives them the right to organize. It's the country's first union of college athletes-- And it's happening at Northwestern University. The NLRB said the students count as employees of the university, and so have the right to organize. But the Southeastern Conference and the NCAA don't see it that way.
When it comes to the University of Florida, Gator football brings in almost $600 million in revenue. "On the field they are making the school millions and millions from revenue from tv deals," Judd davis said. Davis who played for the gators in the early 90's says the athletes are the ones generating those funds also said, "When you walk into one of the stores on campus and you see percy harvin's name or tim tebow and they are selling these jerseys for a hundred dollars a piece, and tim tebow, percy doesn't get one penny while they're playing... It just doesn't make any sense."
But not all former players are on the same page. Deac Story, who also played for the gators, says a union is not necessary here at UF. "I personally wouldn't feel that there's a need for a union here at the university, i know jeremy foley takes care of his sports and athletes very well so i don't think there would be a need for that here," Story said.
Other former football players like Brady Ackerman have mixed feelings about the whole thing. Unions could hurt college sports but at the same time push the NCAA to do more for its athletes. "It would bother me if players started saying that they couldn't go to class at a certain time or that they couldn't play certain games at a certain time and started you know, dictating what would happen with college football. On the flip side i do believe that by doing this it would cost the ncaa to take a step back and look into may increasing scholarships," Ackerman said.
This decision over at northwestern could have a major impact on football programs across the country. Through facebook we asked our viewers what they thought, should college athletes be paid? This is what one comment reads, "It could work both ways. Pay them. Put them on a non compete agreement and if they are gainfully employees by the NFL the university gets a percentage of his earnings. Sounds fair." To check out our Facebook.
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