Should athletes boycott the NCAA Tournament? | The Tylt
Should athletes boycott the NCAA Tournament?
It's March and that means one thing: Madness is back. To celebrate our favorite time of the year, The Tylt has curated a series of March Madness debates for you to vote on.
The most exciting time in college basketball is upon us with teams fighting for league championships and NCAA Tournament position. Teams will rise to the occasion against all odds, while others crumble beneath the pressure of expectations. No matter what happens—legends are made in March.
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Aside from their scholarships, NCAA athletes are not allowed to make any money due to the limiting mystique of "amateurism." Still, colleges and the NCAA themselves rake in hundreds of millions of dollars on the backs of these athletes who go hungry sometimes. How is that fair?
These athletes need to fight for change so they are treated fairly. Refusing to participate in the NCAA Tournament will get the right people's attention. If the level of competition dips and the NCAA loses money, things will change pretty quickly. For the future generations of college athletes, these players need to boycott the NCAA Tournament.
Everyone's talking about the future athletes who could benefit from a boycott, but what about these kids who are about to participate in a once in a lifetime opportunity? Players work their entire lives to play in the NCAA Tournament, a dream competition that could change their lives professionally and personally.
Boycotting the tournament would kill the dreams and futures of those athletes. Putting that kind of pressure on children is unfair. If people want to see the system changed, others should advocate for the players by boycotting themselves. Let the NCAA know with your wallet this mistreatment will stand, but don't make these kids snuff out their own dreams with a boycott.