College athletics are a big business, generating $1 billion in revenue in 2017. It’s not surprising, therefore, that football and basketball players are treated quite differently from their classmates (“It’s naïve to think college athletes have time for school,” the conversation.com).
Only in the U.S. is this the case. Other countries make academics the No. 1 priority. As a result, the media have exposed a series of scandals ranging from fraudulent classes, to unethical tutoring, to administrative stonewalling. There is simply too much money on the line to expect anything different.
Athletes are shortchanged by this travesty because they fail to get a college education while they are exploited. Only a small handful of them ever get into the National Football League or the National Basketball Association. Since that is so, it’s time to pay them a portion of the revenue they generate for their schools. That would be far more honest than the present charade.
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