The Price of Poverty in Big Time College Sports

Society Resource Proposal

This study, conducted by Ramogi Huma, the President of the National College Players Association and Ellen Staurowsky, Ed.D., a professor of Sports Management at Drexel University

“documents the shortfall that exists between what a ‘full’ scholarship covers and what the full cost of attending college is compared to the federal poverty guideline, an estimation of players’ fair market value, and offers perspective on the disproportional levels of compensation to which college sport officials have access compared to the limits imposed on revenue-generating athletes who serve as the talent and inspire the financial investment in the product of college sport.” (3) 

The two authors have examined the paradox of “amateur” revenue-producing college athletes and discuss how the NCAA has gone about providing less than ample compensation to its member schools’ athletes. The study, and view of the authors, is supported by various statements and quotes of former collegiate and professional athletes, well-known figures in the sports journalism industry, past and present NCAA presidents. Various calculations of things such as scholarship shortfalls and the fair market value of college athletes are also used as support throughout the study.

This resource adds to my prevailing thinking by providing me with concrete evidence as to why college athletes deserve proper compensation and illuminates the fact that a great deal of people involved in the collegiate sports industry think so as well. I will use data from the study to support my recommendations to the NCAA as well as enhancing my persuasive voice throughout the paper.

The information in the study seems quite reliable. The two authors seem to have proper educational and occupational backgrounds to add to this conversation and their calculations are all explicitly laid out. While some of the calculations are estimates, they are all logically formulated.

Link to study


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