An extreme example of someone who made all his money ($37 million) from endorsements last year is golfer Tiger Woods. He hasn’t competed on the PGA Tour much over the past few years as he has battled injuries and personal issues . Another athlete who made most of his money from endorsements last year is the fourth highest-paid athlete: tennis player Roger Federer. He made $64 million, mostly from endorsements. That’s because he sat out about half of last year because of injuries. His endorsements include Nike, Mercedes, Rolex, Moet & Chandon, among others.
Professional athletes should be able to choose how much they protect their privacy, If they want they should be able to just live normal lives without constant bantering from the media. Having no privacy would probably begin to wear on your sanity after a while, so giving them privacy is probably good for their health. Similar all famous people should be able to make this choice, it just seems like privacy should be a human right. I don’t really pay attention to sports, so I don’t have one athlete in mind when I am saying this. I am always disappointed when I hear a story about an athlete hurting somebody, because it makes them seem less human. Its okay to keep up to date on your favorite athlete, but when you begin collection artifacts or stalking them on the media you’ve gone to far.
This paper is not meant to create a payment plan for players, nor is it meant to say certain players are entitled to millions in compensation. The point is that players should get something in return for their time, because most rational fans know that basketball and football players are not normal students . If it were completely impossible for athletic departments to find it in the budget to pay athletes extra stipends, there would be very little conversation on the topic. This paper does not have a direct solution to that cash flow question. Neither is this paper suggesting large lump sums be paid to these big sport athletes. However, between NCAA television and licensing revenues, and large salaries paid to coaches and staff, a little extra can go toward the stars on the court. In the end, the NCAA does not have much to fall back on when making an argument against some form of compensation. It’s status as an amateur haven is almost erased, and the value of an athlete’s education at schools across the country is in question. Reform may not be simple, but it will be the right thing to do in support of the players.