Persuasive Essay On Why College Athletes Should Be Paid

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(Hook) How would you feel if you worked hours making your company millions of dollars and they didn’t pay you? (Bridge) Many student athletes spend as much time practicing and competing as people do working. Plus spend many hours going to class and studying. Athletes do not have time to get a part time like many student. (Counterclaim) Some feel Athletes are already paid through scholarships and should be going to college primarily for an education. (Bridge) However, the athletes are there to get an education as well as participate in the sport they love. (claim) College athletes should be paid to allow them to cover their expenses not covered by scholarships so they can complete their education.

II. Athletes are already paid through scholarships and should be going to college primarily for an education.
A. In a USA Today College article, points out that athletes are already paid through scholarships, experience and education (Marshall, Blake).
B. While some athletes do get compensation that only lasts while they are eligible to play. Joe Nocera columnist for the New York Times Magazine points out, “College athletes are routinely tossed aside, too – after they have used up their athletic eligibility.” Many athletes need more time to complete their degrees because of the hours
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For example, gymnast Brigot Sloan silver medalist from the 2008 Olympics choose not to go pro and instead joined the UF gymnastic team. She trained 20 hours a week (Cohen). At the University of Florida per the Office of the University Registrar, 120 credits are required for graduation, therefore per the NCAA rules 12 credits per semester are required. This means the athlete will be in class 12 hours per week plus and average of 17 hours per week studying (Pierre). Between school and training this is a total of 49 hours per week, well over the normal 40 hour work week. While other students have time for jobs, athletes won’t be able to between school, practice, and
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