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.
They earn the massive income as the laborers (athlete) settle for pennies. Why would we continue to support a system that blatantly takes advantage of those that take in part? If American jobs took the same approach as the NCAA, where would are country be today? In order to stop the injustice, pay is the only thing that will change the landscape of college
Think about it wouldn 't that be great in college while being able to graduate college debt-free? Well that is what college athletes get,so i don 't think is fair for them to get paid. College athletes should not be paid because they were the ones that signed up to be college athletes. College athletes have a responsibility to represent their college. Which is why college is a place to get degrees not money.
Paying college athletes is a controversial topic. College athletes are normally towards getting paid. The rest of the collegiate body has split opinions. One opinion is that college athletes shouldn’t be paid. Some people believe this because college athletes aren’t employees, sports programs do not have the money to spare, and there are already scholarships given to 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.
If his statement is true, then why shouldn’t college athletes get paid? With their success they endorse their college, through ticket sales, merchandise, media, and branding. A Duke Blue Devils sweatshirt can sell for up to $100, but without the success they’ve had because of their athletes would people still be inclined to purchase it? Tickets to attend a Duke Blue Devils basketball game can range up to $1000, but college athletes don 't see any of that money even though they are the ones providing the entertainment which certainly does not seem right. In the same article Brian Frederick said “ Fans must understand that college sports is a big business”, and this is very true, but the reason it is such a big business is because of the athletes.
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.
Many believe that college athletes are similar to professional athletes and that they deserve to be paid for what they do. However, many college athletes are able to receive many other benefits, therefore additional compensation is not necessary. College athletes go to school to play their sport, but also go to get an education. Their main role is to prepare themselves for later in life, and being paid would take away if they were being paid. Student athletes are not professional athletes or entertainers, and should not be paid for playing on a college team.
As we all know, college can be very expensive. With the scholarships and grants, college student-athletes can go to school for free and get their day-to-day needs such as food, housing, clothes, etc. Ackerman and Scotts, purpose is to show that college is a learning experience and with the help of college sports, the student-athletes will have a chance to grow and be successful in life rather than being exploited. However, critics believe that college student-athletes should be paid salary, like professional athletes, because they want people to see the “athletes are the rule, not the expectation” (par 11). They want the audience to think that it’s a rule for student-athletes to go play pro after two years, will no expectation.
Arguing For Free College Education has developed in our society in such a way that its a primary factor on how much we succeed in life. Higher education like colleges should be free to the public since everyone deserves an equal opportunity to receive higher education no matter their financial situations. Its well known that the better education you receive, the more likely your profession will come with an exceptional wage. However, the U.S. only provides free education from K-12 which in recent years that isn’t enough to have a good wage to support a family. It is even known that in the year 2018 McDonalds is insisting for their employees to have a high school diploma or to at least still be in school.
Meshefejian uses support for all of his reasons. He explains the students aren’t hired to play the sport and they are going to a college to receive an education (95). He points out that student athletes tend to choose a school based on their past success in a particular sport and paying them would result in the students making profit on their past success (99). This is a great example why the paying process would be problematic. Since the title IX federal regulations are required, the payment for female and male athletes would have to be equal and not discriminate females (97).
The NCAA is one of the biggest organizations and one of the most polemical arguments in the college sports world is whether student athletes should be paid or not beyond a scholarship. Student athletes are being exploited for their hard work and dedication to the sport. Universities give the illusion that they are providing fair compensation with an athletic scholarship however, they profit off of the student athletes. The NCAA states that student athletes should not be paid because they are amateurs compared to professionals and prohibits them from receiving any money from anything other than a part time job. College athletes deserve a perquisite beyond a scholarship; the NCAA is taking the time from college athletes, profiting way more
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,
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.
Furthermore, proponents will argue that college athletic programs spend tons of money on state-of-the-art resources to help athlete-students to meet their graduation requirements (NCAA n.p.). I am in agreement with proponents regarding athlete-students receiving a free education and tons of free academic support and other resources. However, college athletes with too many academic challenges are enrolled in colleges by way of relaxed admission and academic standards are still faced with the difficulty of surviving the rigors of college. Unfortunately, for these athletes, the mainstream media saturate the internet with negative headlines about African-American male athletes every day: “Weak Graduation Rates for Black Male College Athletes” or “Report Reveals Dismal Graduation Rates for Black Male College Athletes”. In my opinion, it sends the wrong message to young children in African-American