Project Proposal Livia

What societal problem or problems have you identified while researching your topic?
- Considering college student-athletes as employees
- Whether or not all student-athletes of all divisions should be paid if D1 athletes get paid
I think what you are really getting at is the financial exploitation of D1 student athletes — for financial gain through ticket and apparel sales, as well as school recruiting and PR — does this sound about right? Hamann

What are the causes of this problem? Was it intentional? Are there extenuating circumstances?
- The increasing business of college athletics that increases its financials with every big college game/tournament
- Increased salaries of big time college coaches but no change towards the athletes
- Exploitation of student-athletes' names on school apparel
- Increase in college tuition
- "One and done" rule
I wouldn't say the people benefiting from the money do this intentionally to do any sort of harm to the players, but I believe they know well enough that they're using the athletes to elevate the business of college athletics.

What can we do about it? Is there any action that can be taken to change this? What action has been already attempted to address this problem? Why wasn't it successful?
I believe that college athletes, no matter what division they're playing, should not be paid in any way. I think certain rules should be put in place to protect an athletes' name from being exploited through school apparel and the media. I also think that the great amount of money that is earned from big tournaments or big games should go towards the schools as a whole rather than increasing the coaches' salary. The focus needs to be put back on the STUDENT-athlete rather than just the athlete.
Since this topic hasn't come up until the past few years, not much has been done about it. There has been one break through in which the NCAA voted to allow a selected number of schools to make their own rules regarding athletes. It is too soon to distinguish whether or not this is a good thing, but I believe it will blow up in the NCAA's face because it will bring about more problems (athletes of lower divisions, students of the universities, etc.).

In what ways is this thesis and topic challenging (p. 108)?
- This topic is relatively recent so it may be hard to find more sources that pertain to it
- It's very controversial and shines light on smaller issues surrounding this topic
- It's not a "life or death" issue that needs immediate attention, so people may not gravitate towards it
- There are many factors involved in this issue that may be hard to organize in order to get my point across

How is this thesis and topic compelling (p. 108)?
- It shines light on the business of college athletics (points out how D1 college athletes are being exploited)
- Not many people know much about this topic because it's somewhat recent
- Shows how the focus has shifted from education to athletics
- It may also shine light on the poor (or extravagant; depending on which school) living conditions of college athletes

In what ways is this thesis and topic debatable or controversial (p. 109)?
- Some people think D1 college athletes (particularly men in football and basketball) think they should be paid while others are against the idea of having their athletes be presented as employees
- What about the women in D1 athletics? Why aren't they being mentioned in this issue?
- College athletics is continually growing in terms of business/money; why isn't that money going towards the universities in general instead of back to the coaches' salary?
- If D1 athletes are being considered to receive stipends, shouldn't all athletes of all divisions be considered as well?

Thesis Thoughts:
The debate of whether or not these student-athletes deserve to get stipends for their hard work instead of getting exploited

KWong Feedback: Your topic is interesting and sparks my attention. When speaking about how college athletes shouldn't be paid provide examples where possibly a college athlete is paid to play for the specific college. (Where it may have went wrong). I was also thinking that maybe since nothing has been done about it, you can think of alternative ways for it to be solve. (How you would change this problem.) Giving background information on how college athletes, coaches, and sports have become a business rather than for the fun of the sport/for benefit of the school (or student) that way readers would be able to understand how corrupt the situation has become. It is a debatable topic (maybe attempt grabbing some information from the other side, how college athletes feel about being paid and elaborate on how it's possibly out of selfish whims or not beneficial to the universities who provide for the athletes.)


  • The topic is tends to be very controversial and people feel very strong about their side.
  • I think you're going in a good direction with your paper.
  • Maybe try to show both sides of the problem - athletes want it, and who doesn't/why they don't.
  • Be sure to show reasons. (Get paid for their efforts during a hard time/degrades the sport and fun of it).
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