“The irony is that, while sports events generate millions for each school, the workers are not paid” (Eitzen). Athletes give forty hours a week just to the sport they play. As a result, graduation rates have gone down to an all time low, and some athletes don’t even go to college for an education. Former Iowa State head football coach Jim Walden said, "Not more than 20% of the football players go to college for an education" (qtd. in Eitzen).
Katie Hill Mrs. Gallos English 3 Honors 20 March, 2018 Should Athletes Be Paid? College athletes in the United States have been struggling with the fact that their job allows them to work just as many hours a week than a regular job does, but they do not receive any income from it. This conflict amongst athletes has been around since the 1980’s and continues to be of issue to most college athletes today. Supporters say that college athletes are the one’s out their making all the money for all the coaches and universities and it is unfair that the player’s do not receive any of the income; whereas, non-supporters say that college athletes get their stay at the colleges paid for along with many other privileges that normal college students do not receive, therefore, there is no unfairness. Our society today is so focused on a money filled world that that is all these young, adult, college, athletes care about; they can not see past the real privileges they are undertaking by being an athlete.
Universities across the country are earning millions of dollars each year from their various athletic programs. Many college athletes face countless hardships because they face a magnitude of restrictions while attending college. Student athletes are risking their personal safety and putting their futures at risk for the benefits of the universities. Nevertheless, the only compensation they are allowed to receive is a scholarship that can only be warranted on a yearly basis. Everyone is reaping the benefits of the college athletic programs while the student athletes are the ones who are risking everything with no reward.
Have you ever thought about how those hardworking college athletes get through their years attending their University? Well, what if I told you that those athletes can barely get the essentials needed day by day because the scholarships they have received do not cover it and they don 't have any other money to buy it themselves. The debate whether or not College athletes should be paid for their time at the university they attend has been talked about a lot in these past years.Some people think that they should not be paid, but today I’m going to be telling you about why they should be paid. Athletes that are very well known by the fans of the university and or with lots of other people around the world like Lonzo Ball of UCLA, Dillon Brooks of Oregon, Markelle Fultz of Washington, etc. draw in a big crowd which also brings in more money that people pay to watch.
There are some student-athletes who are actually struggling right now with this problem. What should the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) do? Due to their hard work, time and risk of injuries, college athletes should be paid. Even if the NCAA or their own colleges can’t pay them too much, they deserve to be paid even just a little. It would be really helpful for some students to get some extra money.
I personlly think NCAA athletes should get paid, because they put a lot on the line to play college ball. Yea they might get paid in free education but you got to look on the other side how are they to support they self for personal needs like tooth paste, cloths, shoes, soap, and many more. What about the ones that go out of there home state and play. Their family many miles away so they can’t get to much support from them. Other sports fans do not want to see athletes paid because they say “ it will destroy their notion of amateur athletics.” They stick with the belief that a “free education” is compensation enough for what the athletes provide for the school.
But how much do the top NCAA executives make? The top NCAA executives make about $1 million per year. Who else makes money off these near professional level athletes? First, many coaches earn at least $100,000 per year to coach one of the major sports like baseball, basketball, or football at a school. These coaches will receive bonuses for getting to the playoffs, winning championships, or breaking school records, but what do the athletes receive as a bonus?
In other words, they are saying that parents are spending a lot of money for their kids to play competitive sports when they only have a small chance of playing it at a professional level. Therefore, they wasted all their money for their kids to play a sport, when only about two percent of high school athletes win sports scholarships at NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) colleges. That is how the cost of competitive sports is harmful to
In conclusion, college athletes should be paid because they bring in a ton of revenue for their schools while risking injury and yet are unable to afford the cost of living. The time that is put into the sport is the equivalent, if not more, than the time that is put into a full time job. Only thirty-three percent of students receive scholarships, most of them partial. Also, only one percent of all college athletes will play professional sports after their college tenure is served. The NCAA and Division One Colleges generate profits that do not trickle down to the athletes.
True, but to be a student athlete is a tough ‘job’ to manage with going from the field to the library day in and day out: “Players are essentially working full-time football jobs while going to school; they deserve to be paid more than a scholarship” (Gregory). A scholarship isn’t just enough for these hard-working players who get rewarded with nothing at the end of the day. They often get a scholarship with the package, but that doesn’t cover all the expenses that come with college. Think of a college game that people attend often. Think of the money they’ve spent on the ticket(s), the food, the drinks, and even some souvenirs.
People who say they should be paid are wrong because players would no longer be playing with the same passion and drive they possessed as kids, just a monthly paycheck. Finally if collegiate athletes were paid the NCAA would be no different from their professional
College sports collect millions of dollars each year:Approximately around 40 million dollars a year, states and universities make. You would think that the amount of money that is made would get split between the franchises ,students and schools but unfortunately the students that play receive none of it.Theres many discussions on if college athletes should or should not get paid and because they already receive scholarships then they shouldn 't get paid. Scholarships in itself is “around 25,000-30,000 per year for example a student who 's division 1 thats over 100,000 for 4 years of college(Hartnett 1)”.So if college athletes would start getting paid then they shouldn 't get any scholarships and they would just have to pay for it with the money they are receiving. College Athletes contribute about “43 hours a week to the sport with practices and games, that doesn’t include the school work they have to do(Edleman 1)”. There has been many debates about it and fights to get this to happen from
Some college athletes are just as well known as pro players which is one of the arguments for why they should be paid. Although some athletes are very well known the purpose of college is to a student first. Which is why the top tier players can wait for professional sports to be paid, and while in college they can students. Another argument for why athletes should be paid is because there is already lots of under the table deals that take place with college athletes. Under the table deals will only hurt the athlete in the long run.