Have you ever looked into how much college is per semester? Well, the tuition is about to get higher. College athletes are asking for money as students, and all that money must come from somewhere. To begin, college athletes should not be paid because it would take money away from other activities, leave them with $100 left, and they will miss classes. The first point is even though college athletes have the same hours as a full-time job, athletes should not be paid because it would take money away from other activities.
Have you ever thought about about how much time and effort college athletes put into their sport? They spend the majority of their four years in college training for a certain sport. All the time and effort the athletes put in yet they do not receive a penny. Most of these young men and women have moved out of their parents house and have to fend for themselves. College athletes should be paid because college athletes put up the same injury risks as professional athletes, the players bring in money, it could increase motivation for education, and the sport acts as a full time job.
The average scholarship for a college athlete is less than 11,000 dollars a year. Scholarships for athletes not playing football or men’s basketball average less than 9,000 dollars per year. These scholarships do not cover the full cost of college whatsoever. Full rides are only given out by four sports, women’s and men’s basketball, football, and women’s volleyball. Because of their dedication and busy schedules, students can not get part time jobs to have any type of income.
Most athletes cannot play a college level sport and try to maintain a job. If they do have a job, it is most likely a part-time job that allows for very few hours, which results directly into low income. People fail to realize that “being an athlete at the university level is a full time job” (Hartnett). Many believe that these athletes should be paid solely because being a college athlete is a full-time job. The typical college athlete wakes up early enough to get in a conditioning or strength workout before class.
Meaning, they would get paid as if the sport is a job. Athletes have absolutely no time to get a job so why not pay them for what they are doing to represent their school? Most athletes do not receive full rides or receive student loans. Schools are only allowed to hand out a certain number of scholarships per sport so they are more than likely going to split them up so they can give them to more athletes. Since the majority of athletes are not on a full ride or do not have a scholarship they should get some type of aid from the school.
In this day and age indentured servitude seems to be lurking around each corner, and it especially hangs out in the NCAA. The NCAA has refused to pay their all-star basketball players that bring in billions of dollars for both the NCAA, and their universities “These Athletes now make more than $8 billion in revenue for the NCAA, and member universities, with no tangible compensation for their labor” (Take 2: Why College Basketball Players Should Demand To Be Paid To Play). Now, like what was stated before, the universities are also cashing out on players, the apparel department of each college is making quite the pretty penny off of the names on the jerseys. With the NCAA and colleges benefiting on the players’ hard effort on the court, it’s time the players take a share of the revenue and start benefiting
rough draft. “10.8 billion to be exact- between the NCAA and CBS/turner sports for march madness between 2011 and 2024 were talking 11 billion for 3 weekends of television a year.” Right now athletes aren 't allowed to get paid. They also go to college to learn not to get paid. Athletes get people to come to their games and support them. It makes the college money when they get people to come out and support them.
Do college athletes throw their bodies away so programs can succeed and benefit? College athletes put more into the school than regular students. College athletes should be paid for playing because the sport they are participating in is essentially their job, they have no time to do any other activity because it will interfere with their schedules. Another reason I believe this is because of the profit the school makes off of the players. If you or your child was an athlete giving your all to a school and you were still struggling financially to where you can barely take care of yourself would you believe in paying them then?
That is a main distinction between student athletes who are participating in the collegiate level and those athletes that are participating in the professional level for a salary. Student athletes should not be getting paid any more than their education, for many reasons. You will see them spending money on necessities that they do not need and going further than that, will lead to crime. References Meshefejian, K. (2008). Pay to Play: Should College Athletes Be Paid?
In the NFL the guys have two goals, get paid and don’t get hurt, that’s it. The NFL players don’t care as much as the college players about winning because the NFL pays them millions of dollars to play. College athletes, however, aren’t getting paid which means they’re playing for their school pride. Also in college making the playoffs is much more difficult because if you have more than two losses you most likely won’t make it into contention. You have to win your conference, and if you lose a game it has to be against a team better than you or just as good.