Analysis: Why College Athletes Should Not Be Paid

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Dalton Collins Berthot English III 2/24/2017 College Athletes Should Not Be Paid College athletes are given scholarships to cover their tuition and other expenses in college, so should they be paid a salary for their athletic performances as well? They are receiving something far more valuable than a chance to play college ball. They are receiving an education that will provide for them and last a lifetime. College athletes should not be paid to perform on the field or the court. Whether college athletes should be paid or not is a topic that is debated more and more these days. Some believe they should get paid. After all, these athletes are putting themselves on the line and risking serious injury. …show more content…

Millions of people follow college athletics. From elementary kids to adults, people around the world follow these sports. The athletes are becoming faster, bigger, stronger, and more athletic. It is because of these athletes that schools see an increase in revenue. Apparel sales, money generated from camps, tickets are sold out. All due to popular and successful athletes. Some people say that the athletes should see part of this money since they are the reason for the increase in income. “I'd love to get paid for it. Honestly we don't have time for another job and we at least deserve to put some food or snacks in the fridge!” -Matt McGrew, Northwestern Oklahoma State University …show more content…

Men’s football and basketball make the most money for college athletics. If they were to be paid based on the money brought in, a majority of the college athletic programs would become disabled due to lack of money. If a sport does not generate a large revenue, their athletes could be paid less. Do they cut the funding to those programs because a large part of the athletics budget goes to paying the larger programs? The NCAA already has a structure in place to keep the balance that could be caused by paying the college athletes. NCAA President Mark Emmert said, “the NCAA's revenue helps fund smaller, less lucrative sports, such as soccer and lacrosse.” Nonetheless, some people feel that players should be paid the free-market way, which means that the athletes should be able to receive whatever the market will do. Other people think that the Olympic model should be used, where athletes would get an income from whatever endorsements, autographs, and/or monies received from their image generates. However, Judge Claudia Wilken of United States District Court in Oakland, California ruled that colleges must provide some type of trust fund for using the athlete's image. Not necessarily that they should get a salary, but some type of compensation. “The high coaches’ salaries and rapidly increasing spending on training facilities at many schools suggest that these schools would, in

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