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.
Katie Hill Mrs. Gallos English 3 Honors 20 March, 2018 Should Athletes Be Paid? College athletes in the United States have been struggling with the fact that their job allows them to work just as many hours a week than a regular job does, but they do not receive any income from it. This conflict amongst athletes has been around since the 1980’s and continues to be of issue to most college athletes today. Supporters say that college athletes are the one’s out their making all the money for all the coaches and universities and it is unfair that the player’s do not receive any of the income; whereas, non-supporters say that college athletes get their stay at the colleges paid for along with many other privileges that normal college students do not receive, therefore, there is no unfairness.
These athletes sacrifice their body’s day in and day out, they sacrifice time in the gym or on the field day in and day out instead of being with their families. A lot of people assume that athletes spend all their money on clothing, cars, and wasteful stuff, but that cannot be said for all athletes. “Professional athletes are paid to give audiences excitement” Jamal E.M. Cummins”, but sometimes this excitement comes at a price. Many athletes give money to charity and back to their community’s, some athletes even take time out of their busy day to go and visit sick children n hospitable.
An associated press article, “Paying college athletes fits modern reality”, explained that some students come from poor families. Why not let them earn some extra bucks? It states, “They might be sufficient for students with academic scholarships, who can supplement their income by working after class. Athletes often can’t.” This shows that students who come from poor families can’t work after classes even if they wanted to because of practice.
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.
Professional athletes are extremely overpaid for the “jobs” that they do. They only entertain for a living and get paid millions of dollars per season. Each sport is different in how they pay their athletes, and the difference in salaries from one player to another can be in the tens of millions of dollars. These athletes are paid for jobs that they only do for a certain number of games and do not even play the games over the course of an entire year. In most professional sports, they play in games for only a few months and then have a few months off.
Just think a college basketball player working hard and the top of their team it all good on the court but outside of basketball they are struggling to get money. A starting freshmen in college was tacked so hard in football the he was paralyzed. A college basketball player has most his/her time practicing for basketball. Most college basketball players have to skip classes for basketball. College basketball player should be paid for these reasons they put their bodies at risk, they don’t have money, and they skip classes for basketball.
In conclusion, college athletes should be paid because they bring in a ton of revenue for their schools while risking injury and yet are unable to afford the cost of living. The time that is put into the sport is the equivalent, if not more, than the time that is put into a full time job. Only thirty-three percent of students receive scholarships, most of them partial. Also, only one percent of all college athletes will play professional sports after their college tenure is served. The NCAA and Division One Colleges generate profits that do not trickle down to the athletes.
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.
Should the NCAA Pay College Athletes? College athletes spend just as much, or more time at practice, games, and traveling, as they do in the classrooms studying. This issue is very common in the NCAA. There 's been former players suing the NCAA for not getting payed. They’ve been put on video games, clothes, and on magazines, but they don’t get a penny for it.
Unpaid Labor: Paying College Athletes College athletics is profitable. millions of dollars of revenue are generated by the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association), a non-profit organization that control’s college athletics. Where does this money go? Certainly not the workers. “The irony is that, while sports events generate millions for each school, the workers are not paid” (Eitzen).
Why Collegiate Athletes Should Not Be Paid Annually the NCAA as a whole brings in approximately six billion dollars, yet the people generating the income are not making a dime? In the United States collegiate sporting events are a massive industry but the players do not receive an income because they are technically amateurs. Is it time to start paying college athletes? Or should players continue to be rewarded in free education? 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.
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.
In the documentary schooled: the price of college sports I learned that the NCAA does not treat student athletes like employees but these students are treated like slaves it all started in 1971 when the young Caucasian man by name of started playing college football for TSU, he was the running back for the team and when he caught the ball in running he was hit by two other players from the opposing team which caused him to be paralyzed for the rest of his life. Most of the players feel that they should be paid for playing college sports but the NCAA believes that a student who gets a full scholarship to play any sport at a university should not be paid because they are being paid with a free education, room, and board, and free meals, the NCAA