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By: Jelson Montero, Sports Editor.

One might think that a scholarship is enough to keep NCAA athletes satisfied with their college experience, however it is not enough. NCAA athletes have long performed for these universities, sacrificed a great deal of time, and brought in a large amount of revenue which implies that they should be paid.

Marc Edelman, a contributing writer for Forbes, wrote an article called “21 Reasons Why Student-Athletes Are Employees and Should Be Allowed To Unionize.”  

Edelman said, “The typical division I college football player devotes 43.3 hours per week to his sport — 3.3 more hours than the typical American work week.”

Football athletes are not the only ones affected by NCAA rules; in fact, basketball athletes are subject to these rules as well. “Meanwhile, the annual NCAA men’s basketball tournament affects more than six days of classes,” Edelman says.

It is ironic that universities continue to make a point that a scholarship is good enough; however, sporting events are causing athletes to miss class in order to bring in revenue.

Alex Kirshner a contributing writer for SBnation wrote an article on this called “Heres how the NCAA generated a billion dollars in 2017.”

In this article, Kirshner says that $128,113,594 in revenue come from championships and NIT tournaments. With these athletes performing at such a high level, it makes sense for TV Networks to get in on the fun and partner up with the NCAA organization.

According to Kirshner, television and marketing revenues add up to $817,517,801. With so much revenue accumulated by the NCAA, it only makes sense that student athletes would get a share of the revenue. After all, it is their hard work that allows these universities to continue to make billions of dollars.