Summary Of Why College Athletes Should Be Paid

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Should college athletes be paid, or should they just be happy with the scholarship they are given? In the article “Why College Athletes Should Be Paid”, the author Tyson Hartnett claims that college athletes deserve to be paid. In the article, he states, “A $25,000 scholarship may seem like a lot of money, but it really only covers the basics” (Hartnett par. 5). Hartnett feels that college athletes deserve a salary because they are “typically dead broke” (Hartnett par. 9), even though they bring lots of attention and money to their schools. Hartnett says that being a college athlete feels more like a full-time job that comes with lots of pressure and responsibility that other college kids don’t have put on them. Hartnett doesn’t feel that they …show more content…

Getting sponsored to play the sport you love is a privilege and not something you are paid to do. They are already giving you a scholarship. There are many points we agree with from another article that states that college athletes should not be paid. Kate Murphy, the author of the article “The Pendulum” included that “most colleges and universities don’t make any money off of athletics” (Murphy par. 6). Also, if you accept the scholarship to be a college athlete, you are doing it for the love of the sport and “getting to play the game you have and unexplainable obsession with for four more years. And that is a privilege, not an occupation” (Murphy par. 11). Even though Hartnett states that “a scholarship doesn’t equal cash in a player’s pocket” and also that “even with any type of scholarship, college athletes are typically dead broke” (Hartnett par. 9), those athletes willingly decided to accept the scholarship that was offered to them, knowing what they would be getting into. Becoming a college athlete was a decision that the athlete made on their own, knowing the consequences, and accepting …show more content…

In the article, Hartnett stated that the people making money off of them other than the schools themselves, were the coaches as well as the NCAA. The article states that, “Many coaches earn at least $100,00 per year to coach one of the major sports” (Hartnett par. 11). It is true that the schools pay the coaches, because they are their employers, the money that the athletes bring in go more towards themselves. Murphy states that “the revenue that [sporting events] brings in usually doesn’t outweigh the costs of running the programs. Parts of that cost are the salaries of people on the athletic staff, who are severely underpaid” (Murphy par. 6). The money the athletes bring in goes to running their programs and making sure they can keep doing what they

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