Over recent years a question that has been of popular discussion is, should college athletes get paid? Throughout the past few decades college sports have become as popular as professional sports in America. As of right now college athletes do not get paid although many people believe that they should. The NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) brings in an average of six billion dollars annually, which is because of the athletes so why should they not get paid? College athletes promote the school they attend by playing, and with all the money they bring to the school there is no reason they should not get some type of compensation.
It would be really helpful for some students to get some extra money. An associated press article, “Paying college athletes fits modern reality”, explained that some students come from poor families. Why not let them earn some extra bucks? It states, “They might be sufficient for students with academic scholarships, who can supplement their income by working after class. Athletes often can’t.” This shows that students who come from poor families can’t work after classes even if they wanted to because of practice.
Not saying athletes should get paid as much as their coaches. I’m just saying they desserve some help from their school, like they should get $1,500 a month. They putting their talent on the line. What if they get hurt and was good enough to go pro but can’t because that injury stopping them? What happen to them players?
Why Collegiate Athletes Should Not Be Paid Annually the NCAA as a whole brings in approximately six billion dollars, yet the people generating the income are not making a dime? In the United States collegiate sporting events are a massive industry but the players do not receive an income because they are technically amateurs. Is it time to start paying college athletes? Or should players continue to be rewarded in free education? Many believe it is absurd to still consider the NCAA amateur sports after all it has become but just as many think the exact opposite and that college athletes already receive fair compensation for their participation.
In case the above forms of payments aren’t enough for all college athletes, there are other options if athletes show the need for more money. The NCAA is willing to provide extra money to “Pell Grant recipients” for personal items and travel home in case of emergencies (Gerdy 8). The opinion that college athletes shouldn’t be paid exists all around the country. College athletes shouldn’t be paid because they aren’t employees, the sports programs don’t have extra money, and the athletes are already receiving compensation for their work on the team. Although there are split opinions among the college students who are not athletes, many high school students who don’t plan on being athletes in college are against paying college athletes.
It is not like they are going to get money and quit. They want to keep working and keep getting huge paychecks while doing something that they love. Money problems show in college too. Coaches want the best for their team and some will give anything for them. The rule in college is players”may not accept gifts or money from sports agents, booster clubs, alumni , or companies to make life easier.”(DOL 105) Playing in college is just like playing in the pros.
There has been major discussion recently if college athletes should or shouldn 't be paid while they are in school. Some people say that they are already getting a scholarship which is more than anybody else, therefore they believe it is considered being greedy. Let 's not be greedy and look at how much a scholarship is actually worth. In college most athletes don 't last at a school for the whole four years. Once you get a sport involved there are politics, injuries, and a call from the office to tell the player thanks, but we don 't need you on this team anymore.
Should college athletes be paid? I think they should. I found three main reason why other people and myself think that college athletes deserve pay. One, you can just pay the sports that produce the most revenue. Two, these student athletes put in lots of work and even sometimes have to miss class to go to the sports event.
College basketball player should be paid for these reasons they put their bodies at risk, they don’t have money, and they skip classes for basketball. Basketball players put their bodies risk every time they play. College Athletes pushing their bodies to get the play and “There have been instances of players becoming paralyzed by hits or tackles on football fields or other injuries that have ended player’s careers before they even get started.” (Patterson 2) They get hurt really bad from the hand to a concussion that it can make them out a season and some out for the rest of the life. Cameron Johnson is suffering a back injury and might not play to NCAA tournament. (Denver post) He was working so hard to get to the NCAA tournament and then one injury stopped
As an athlete in one of these clubs the insanity of the work out, practice, game, and traveling is a complete start to a college athlete life. These coaches are also more serious about not only the game but their athletes. In the article “Ex-College Coach Explains Why High School Sports Should Die” in Forbes Len Stevens states that “Club sports can provide better opportunities for scholarships, but they can’t replicate that feeling of playing for something bigger than yourself.” They might not be able to replicate the feeling of playing for something bigger such as a league or state title, but if you are a serious athlete and you want to take your career somewhere club or AAU is the way to go. Yes, AAU and Club teams do cost more money than playing on a high school team but these athletes have the skill and passion more about the sport than most high school athletes. These coaches help the athletes throughout the whole entire year, they help you reach the next level, they are concerned about feelings and the way they are doing in school.
The main focus should be on earning a degree, and not worrying about when is the next game on the schedule. Many people are stating that college athletes should get paid, but how about the general student body that has little to nothing and working a job earning minimal pay. For, instance, if college athletes were to unionize and get paid, then all collegiate athletes would want the same compensation deal, although their sport doesn’t generate as much revenue as power and performance sports such as football and basketball. The ramifications can be serious if female student athletes mention Title IX, which is a gender equity law that prohibits sex discrimination in any federally funded program or activity. Since some women’s sports generate revenue,
My solution is better than any other proposed solution because all other solutions may ask too much or too little from NCAA making them refuse any proposal talking about the athletes being paid. The annual revenue of college athletics is $10.6 billion and it’s believed that compared to a $120,000 scholarships it shows that the athletes really do deserve to be paid. If the athletes aren’t paid who says that they cannot resort to selling drugs or other illegal activities so they can feed themselves, Athletes are said to have changed their field of study to accommodate with their sport because balancing school and their sport was too hard to do because they spend too much time focused on their sport. The NCAA believes that the fact that the athletes might be drafted and go into being a professional athlete shows that they can wait to be paid. In conclusion, athletes should only be paid enough to support themselves and be able to have some luxuries that they deserve.