Carlos’ Call: NCAA agrees to pay student athletes – or do they?

After years of back-and-forth battles, the NCAA finally caved and will start compensating the student athletes who represent schools all over the country.

As amazing as that is, many people do not know the whole truth behind the NCAA’s newest rule.

The official announcement stated players would start getting paid for their name, image, and likeness.

Right off the bat, anyone who loves sports video games will be extremely excited because the idea of players getting paid for their likeness opens up the real possibility that the NCAA College Football video games could be making a long-awaited return.

The other additions are probably the most important. Because players would be paid for their names and images, this means that jersey sales, ticket sales, and TV ratings could result in a lot of compensation for these players.

Not everyone is very accepting of this new NCAA rule. A video of Tim Tebow, a former Florida Gators quarterback – and now ESPN College Football analyst – went viral. Tebow critized the idea of student athletes getting paid.

Tebow said he had one of the top-selling jerseys in the entire world. That includes both college and professional jerseys. 

He said he never received a dime of the money, and he also insists he is happy about that. Tebow believes if schools start to pay their players, this could result in some backdoor deals that can lead to shady recruitment processes. 

He then went on to talk about how money takes away from the sense of brotherhood inside the programs. His reasoning for this is that players would start treating college sports like a job.

Honestly, Tebow may not realize it because he was a for-sure first-round pick in the NFL draft years ago, but college sports is more than a job for a lot of people.

There are many athletes whose lives, and their families’ lives, are at stake every day hoping they go pro.

A perfect example is Sebastian Telfair. He was supposed to be someone everyone in the world should know. Telfair was a huge NBA prospect who never shined when given the opportunity on the pro stage. 

One of the big reasons for this is that Telfair did not go to college where he could have developed his skills further and become pro-ready. At first sight, this may seem like his own fault, but a closer look shows why it’s not.

Telfair grew up and went to high school in Brooklyn, New York. His family was poor while his stardom was still rising. When he graduated, Telfair made the decision he would be attending Louisville for basketball. Louisville is a powerhouse university that would have been perfect for him. 

Unfortunately, a fatal shooting occurred at the apartment complex where his family lived.

This led Telfair to back out of his college decision and go pro in order to help his family out.

He never reached his full NBA potential and is currently in trouble with the law due to several cases of handgun arrests.

If Telfair was offered the opportunity to be paid at Louisville, his whole career would be vastly different.

The NCAA has taken a step in the right direction, but there are many steps to take. As of now, female college athletes will most likely be looking at a large wage gap. 

The reason for this is that NCAA only approved payment in relation to popularity. Unless you are a female athlete playing basketball at UConn, chances are you will be receiving a slim compensation.

Despite all of that, this is huge for all student athletes, and will be the start of a new wave that will change lives across the country.

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