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Should Amateurs Receive Compensation?

This weekend one of the most talked about and most popular college sporting events will occur: the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. The culmination of the March Madness Tournament features the “Final Four” teams, which then comes down to the final two to play for the National Title. These teams this year include UConn, Michigan State, Villanova, and North Carolina. Every year millions of sports fans print out their brackets and try to predict who will reign supreme in the college basketball world. With these predictions come the inevitable bets from pools with your friends, to putting $200 down on Syracuse to win it all at the Vegas Strip. For the winning team, the shining players will be called up to play in the NBA and the coaches will forever be remembered as an NCAA Championship coach. These coaches will in turn receive substantial pay raises. But what about the players who make it all happen? Millions of dollars are circulated from the March Madness Tournament yet the players who are the ones that made this tournament an athletic sensation cannot see any of that money or compensation for their efforts.After being head coach of Memphis for nine years, John Calipari has been chosen to be the new head coach for the University of Kentucky. After taking Memphis to the Elite Eight this year in the March Madness Tournament he decided to take Kentucky’s offer of $31.65 million making him the current highest paid college basketball coach. According to ESPN, Calipari’s deal also includes perks such as a “membership to the country club of his choice, two cars and incentives for reaching the NCAA Sweet Sixteen and Final Four and winning a national title.” What about the talent of the players that got him to this point? The players are what the fans pay to see, not Calipari screaming from the sidelines. Of course having a good coach means having better recruits and a better teacher for the players, but paying $31.65 million for that seems to be a bit much.

These players make money for not only their coaches and schools but also the big TV networks. Every year CBS and ESPN air the NCAA Men’s and Women’s tournaments and millions of viewers tune in giving them higher ratings making them more money. The players cannot see any of this money being generated by their hard work. Also, the venues that the games are being held at also make more money due to these exciting games. The first time the March Madness Tournament was introduced the NCAA lost money. Today is obviously a different story and it is all due to the athletes’ talent. The only way these players could try to see any of the money they are generating from these groups would be to form some sort of players union like MLB players made in the 1970’s. But again, the NCAA says these players cannot do this because they are strictly amateur players and would be kicked off their team if money is accepted.

These players do receive some sort of compensation: a college education. An education is important and vauleable but how much time do these players actually spend in a classroom or doing school work outside of class? Most are probably concentrating on their game and the players spend so much time on the road that they will miss many classes. The school probably encourages this mentality that basketball is more important so that the team can go further into the tournament and the school can make more money off of the players. They are not getting the same education as the rest of their colleagues. Giving some other compensation like perks or a salary would make up for the education they are losing.

Some fans believe that a salary for these players would ruin the integrity of the game. They believe if these players got paid they would not play as hard and it would be like the NBA with lackadaisical defense and no heart from the players. Fans love to watch college basketball because of the intensity the players give and the madness of a lower ranked team to come out on top. Even though these players are not professional salary-wise, their games are being treated as such. The games are aired on national networks, ESPN has complete game wrap-ups evaluating players, and fans pay top dollar to get into the big time arenas that these college athletes play on. Besides getting paid, what is difference between players on a nationally ranked number one NCAA team and a professional basketball player? Not much. If the NCAA does not want salaries for the players then take away the big venues, the high priced tickets, and the top TV networks. That would truly make these players amateurs.

Student-Athletes Helped by Lawsuit Against NCAA

USF Associate Professor of Sport Management Dan Rascher, in tandem with L.A. based law firm Susman Godfrey, won a lawsuit earlier this year against the NCAA that will benefit student-athletes both at USF and at colleges and universities throughout the country.

In 1999, Professor Raschner and a colleague at an economic consulting firm took note of how much money college football coaches were being paid per year at Division 1 schools.

According to USA Today, five of the 199 Division 1-A head football coaches were earning over $1 million in 1999. This past season, USA Today reported that at least 42 of the 119 are earning over $1 million.

Under NCAA rules, student-athletes cannot be paid for playing sports.

The issue over student-athletes being paid has long been debated, with the usual conclusion being that they are getting paid through scholarships covering their education.

Professor Raschner believed the current rules to be unfair for student-athletes since many student scholarships did not cover all expenses or all the years that student-athletes were staying in school.

He decided to sue the NCAA rather than each school individually since the schools were following NCAA rules.

The main outcome of the settlement is that the NCAA will give $218 million to NCAA Division 1 schools on top of what they already give for scholarships.

This money will cover the 2007-08 through 2012-2013 academic years.

In addition, the NCAA will disburse $10 million over the next three years to former student-athletes for reimbursement of certain educational expenses that was not covered.

The NCAA also adopted year-round comprehensive health insurance for student-athletes and will explore the possibility of offering student-athletes multiyear scholarships and financial aid through graduation.

At USF, this means that student-athletes can be offered additional aid for emergencies and other academic related purposes, according to USF Athletics Director Deborah Gore-Mann.

The Foghorn commends Professor Rascher for his work and determination on behalf of the student-athletes at USF and throughout the country. When college coaches are making millions doing their job, we know that the collegiate sports industry must be thriving. The players who are making the industry a successful one should be rewarded not with payment, but with education.

Collegiate sports are an asset to each university. Sports are a large part of a university’s identity and help institutions financially.

They help with marketing the school, bringing in advertisements, money from selling tickets to sporting events and school merchandise sales only to name a few of the ways.

At this time of year in particular, during the NCAA basketball tournament, we see how much interest and recognition collegiate sports bring to universities. The hard work of these student-athletes should not go unnoticed, and with the work of Professor Raschner, they will not.

A Guide to Rights for Airline Passengers

When I was going home for spring break, my flight was delayed because of a mechanical problem.

The passengers were downgraded to a smaller plane and I was involuntarily bumped off the flight. I knew the airline was supposed to compensate me, but I had to force them to give me the compensation.

After forcing the person at the ticket counter to get me on a later flight, I did get a $300 voucher from the airline; the ticket voucher is good for a year.

Passengers are entitled to get some compensation for being involuntarily bumped off a flight. But many airlines passengers are unaware of the rights they have in this type of situation.

So if you’re ever caught in a similar situation as I was, here is some information that can give you the upper hand as an airline passenger.

The Department of Transportation requires airlines to give involuntarily bumped passengers a written statement that describes their rights. Passengers that are bumped off the flight are frequently entitled to monetary compensation; the amount depends on the price of their ticked and the length of the delay.

If you do get on a flight that arrives to your final destination (including later connections) within an hour of your original scheduled arrival time, you are not eligible to receive any compensation.

If you arrive between one to two hours after your scheduled arrival time (between one to four hours for international flights) at your destination, the airline must pay you an amount that is equal to a one-way fare to your final destination; the maximum amount is $400.

If you arrive at your destination more than two hours later (four hours internationally) or if your airline doesn’t make any substitute travel arrangements for you, the compensation doubles; you get 200 percent of your fare and there is an $800 maximum.

You don’t have to take arrangements the airline makes for you; you can make your own arrangements and request an “involuntary refund” for the ticket on the flight you were bumped from.

If you get on a flight that is scheduled to leave the next day, the airline is supposed to arrange meals and hotel rooms for you. Instead of monetary compensation, airlines may offer free transportation on future flights; you can insist on the monetary compensation instead of the free flight.

There are a few conditions and exceptions on whether or not you get compensation. To be eligible for compensation, you must have a confirmed reservation. You also have to meet the airline’s deadline for buying your ticket.

Discount tickets have to be purchased a certain number of days after making the reservation. Other tickets have to be picked up no later than 30 minutes before the flight.

Each airline has a check-in deadline, and you should check to see what the check-in deadline is for your airline. Most carriers require you to be at the gate between 10 and 30 minutes before the scheduled departure; other deadlines can be as long as an hour or longer.

For international flights, check-in deadlines can be as much as three hours before your departure. If you miss the check-in deadline, you may have lost your reservation as well as your right to compensation.

People can find out more about their rights in a document entitled “Fly-Rights: A Consumer Guide to Air Travel” on the Aviation Consumer Protection webpage. The link is http://airconsumer.ost.dot.gov/publications/flyrights.htm.

Francesca Crudo is a junior international studies major.