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.
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.
Over the past few years the NCAA has been in the news for suspending players for illegal merchandising and benefiting from their likeness. This has kick started the argument that college athletes should be paid, some would argue that getting a scholarship is paying them enough. But the NCAA makes millions of dollars on player likeness every year and the players do not get a dime. It is the responsibility of the NCAA to provide a thorough education to subsidize athletes for their likeness that brings the university they play for millions of dollars per year. NBA basketball player Shabazz Napier has had major success at every level of basketball.
More than four hundred and sixty thousand students are working for free. According to the NCAA the number of student-athletes is steadily growing. These students represent their school when they compete in their respective sport. Although all NCAA student-athletes should be paid, the football and basketball programs bring in the most revenue therefore these two sports will be the main focus of this argument. In addition, not only do these particular student athletes bring in revenue for their school, but they also bring in revenue for shoe companies, shoe companies and the conference in which their team is in (Meshefejian).
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.
One argument against the payment of college athletes are the scholarships they receive. “The notion that a full scholarship is not a fair exchange for athletic services provided to a university—regardless of how much money an athletic department generates from those services—is ridiculous” (Whitlock). College is very expensive to attend, and with so many students going into thousands of dollars of debt, it is a privilege that some athletes are lucky to receive. Whitlock also argues that the money the athletes will receive from the schools will go towards the purchase of drugs and alcohol, and other unnecessary things. After researching this topic, my opinion is that college athletes should be paid.
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.
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. This is a big decision that could impact the lives of thousands nationwide and revolutionize sports as we know it. College athletes should not be paid because of the many benefits that come with being a student athlete and because it is not a realistic resolution. One reason college athletes should not be paid is because of the many benefits there already are to playing a collegiate sport. One being reduced or free admission also known as a scholarship.
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.
Mike says”Students all over the world work hard at the sport that true love and don’t get a lot in return for it”. While college athletes may not exactly be employees, they are more than just students. Consider the life of a student-athlete, though. The average Division I football player dedicates over 43hours per week to his sport, meaning that he spends more than a typical American work-week training and playing football, in addition to his class work. Their work, which generates exorbitant amounts of money year in and year out, deserves Compensation.
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
an extra 50 hours a week totaling over 90 hours that 's the equivalent to working two full time jobs with a side job. if the NCAA payed their athletes it would be good for the competition. The players would spend less time worrying about finances and they would put more work in and perform better on the field and in the classroom. The athletes can 't even use their own name for profit. an autograph is simply a person 's name.
In 2015 10.5 million people viewed the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament, and if these player went on strike all these views and the revenue that surrounds the tournament would stop. College athletes should not be paid because the main purpose of college is for school, athletes receive enough from their scholarships, and if college athletes unionize they can get whatever pay they want Many schools are fueled by their sports and outstanding athletes that play them, but the main purpose of college is not to play sports. Lots of Division One schools are all about sporting programs because f the money that the programs bring in. Without these sporting events some schools probably would not survive. Just because a prime sport like basketball