Should Collegiate Athletes Be Paid

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Discovered on March 16, 1906 the National Collegiate Association was a discussion group and rules-making body (Berkowitz). The NCAA brings in an annual revenue of 912 million, making it one of the most popular athletic associations in the world (Berkowitz). Since the NCAA generates nearly a billion dollars the discussion of whether athletes should earn an annual salary for their dedication towards their sport arose. There has been a multitude of pros and cons towards this discussion, but the NCAA granted the law that collegiate athletes will not earn an annual salary. Collegiate athletes shouldn’t be paid. In the United States, there are a total of 4,140 colleges and 17,487,475 students enrolled in those colleges (www.infoplease.com). 460,000 of the enrolled students are collegiate athletes and are required to proffer their time and dedication towards academics and their athletics (www.ncaa.org). It is time…show more content…
There are many fans of collegiate level sports since they believe that players at this level play with more passion than an athlete at the professional level (Patterson). Some professional athletes don’t feel the need to work hard considering they have already made it to the highest level (Patterson). Unlike some professionals, collegiate athletes are so motivated to make it to that next level that they make the best of every opportunity given to them (Patterson). Awarding collegiate athletes a salary will make them feel as if they’re already at the highest level of sports. Given that the average age of collegiate athletes is around 19 years old means that they are not fully matured. Naturally, when an athlete’s season is in session the focus on academics can shift and start to deteriorate. If they also are awarded an additional salary, then academics will become the least important factor during their years in
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