As we get head into the Final Four of March Madness, colleges are raking in billions and Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy says it’s time student athletes to see some of that money going into their own pockets.
The Final Four kicks off this weekend. Teams will battle it out on the basketball court to compete for the NCAA National Championship. While the NCAA collects millions for TV rights and sponsorships, the stars of the show are virtually playing for free.
Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy (D) has released a report called Madness Inc: How Everyone is Getting Rich Off College Sports – Except the Players.
Senator Murphy said, “It is morally unjust.”
Senator Murphy wants the NCAA to compensate college athletes. “It’s a civil rights issue these are kids who are playing football and basketball who are employees in every sense of the word who are making money for adults and not getting any of the billions of dollars,” he said.
Senator Murphy says it’s time for the NCAA to look at ways to fairly compensate its athletes, and if it doesn’t, then Congress may have to step in.
“The NCAA says aw, it’s too confusing to figure out who we’d pay and who we wouldn’t pay,” said Senator Murphy. “Well it is confusing, but the existing system of how you make sure all the adults get paid is super confusing too, so just try.”
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Senator Murphy admits he doesn’t have a solution to fix this, but plans to continue to spotlight the issue in series of reports called– Madness Inc: How Everyone is Getting Rich Off College Sports – Except the Players.
But some argue the education and benefits students already receive is enough.
Lisa Delpy Neirotti, Professors of Sports Management, George Washington University, said, “Every year around the Final Four there’s always a big push about this…On top of their scholarships, they receive room and board, they receive a stipend, they also receive tutoring.”
Neirotti said, “Add the value of all that up, and the athletes are already doing pretty well.”
There’s a piece of legislation in the house that would allow college athletes to get paid for their name and pictures… But it remains to be seen where that legislation goes from here. Kets, and teams. But there’s also frustration on if these college athletes should be paid