The University of Georgia, North Carolina, Southern California, Alabama and Auburn: All Division I programs sanctioned by the NCAA because athletes accepted payments and gifts under the table.
According to the NCAA rules, student-athletes cannot be paid for their athletic skills. They also cannot advertise, promote or endorse any product. However, their image and name can be used by the institution they attend for a wide variety of purposes.
For example, a game program including a team’s roster and stats at a football game is sells for about $10. An institution may use a photograph of any of its athletes on the cover, however, none of the players used in the program or on the cover will be paid for the use of their likeness.
Their only compensation comes in the form of scholarships.
But not everyone agrees with the NCAA’s rules.
“I think that athletes’ scholarship checks should be a larger amount of money than they are,” said Sean Harrington, a junior linebacker on the MSU football team. “I think that each school’s athletic department should be responsible for paying athletes. ”
Harrington has experienced some of the perks that could come if the NCAA approved athletes getting paid.
In 2013, EA Sports used the numbers of many Division I football players in its game “NCAA football ‘14,” including Harrington’s No. 50.
After a court battle, EA Sports agreed to a settlement in which it paid several athletes who played on major Division I football and men’s basketball programs when the video games originally came out.
“All I had to do was fill out the proper paperwork and they sent me a check,” Harrington said.
Since the settlement, EA Sports has stopped making the games.
Yet the only compensation they are allowed to receive is scholarship money.
Jennifer Smith, the compliance director at Michigan State University, disagrees that athletes should get paid.
“An out-of-state scholarship is worth $50,000,” Smith said. “Also, would a linebacker get paid more than the quarterback? Would a football player get paid more than a gymnast? How would we pay everyone and how would it be taxed?”