The Exploitation of College Athletes

The NCAA has historically had rules in place that classify college athletes as “amateurs,” which allows the organization to avoid paying them for their contributions to their respective institutions. College sports is a multibillion dollar industry and Division 1 players are worth, on average, about $160,000 a year. They commit well over 40 hours a week and generate money off their likeness, yet they are not allowed to do that on their own accord. Fewer than 1 percent of all college athletes will move on to play professionally, so they are putting themselves at risk of injury for no profit.

However, times are starting to change. California recently became the first state to pass a law allowing college athletes to profit off their name, image, and likeness.