Kevin Ware’s basketball career is likely over. The sophomore guard for Louisville shattered his leg while defending Duke player Tyler Thornton. When Ware landed, his shin bone broke and protruded through his skin.
But what will happen to Ware who may never have a shot at playing in the NBA or overseas? Imagine the income he will miss if he’s unable to recover from this horrendous injury.
On the other hand, the coaches and schools who profit from players, such as Ware, will be well compensated for their victories. If Louisville wins the title, head coach Rick Pitino will earn an extra $325,000 to add to his $3.9 million salary.
Moreover, Louisville basketball will generate nearly $30 million in 2013. But while the schools and coaches earn millions, the players aren’t compensated beyond a scholarship that is only worth about $80,000 for four years of tuition.
Most of the players who attend D1 schools often have majors that are not challenging. As a result, they are undereducated and ill-prepared to get a high salary job once their playing days are over. They are basically living as semi-pro athletes who aren’t paid for their efforts.
Ware, and other athletes who find themselves without income after their college days are over, continue to be pawns for the NCAA college system that are profiting off the backs, and legs, of athletes.