The institution of college sports is faltering. With growing revenues, greater exposure, and increasing volatility, college athletics are more heavily scrutinized as institutions bring in more money. In tandem with this grand commercialization of college sports, the governing body of major college sports – the NCAA – hands out more and more violations each year. Most violations are frivolous rules that seek to aggressively enforce the NCAA ideal of amateurism in college sports. That is, college athletes will never see a penny of the billions of dollars generated by one of the greatest spectator sports in the world. The issue of whether to provide salaries for college athletes has gained steam in the last few years; people are beginning to get fed up with players losing eligibility and teams being vacated of their wins and championships.
However, paying student – athletes a salary will cause irreparable damage to the institution of college sports, creating complications that will not only shake the foundation of college sports, but could prove to destroy them altogether. This is no doubt that college athletics need to be fixed, but it is a matter of deciding to effectively overhaul the way college sports is governed.