College Athletes Should Be Paid

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Over many decades college sports have became very popular in the United States. As college sports continue to grow in popularity the revenue increases for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the participating colleges, which has formed the question of whether college athletes should be paid beyond their athletic scholarships. This paper will attempt to answer the question as to whether college athletes should be paid by stating examples of the reasons for and against the payment of college athletes. The background of compensation of college athletes is very slim. In the history of college athletics there has never been a legal document stating that it is acceptable to compensate a student athlete for any reason whatsoever. College athletes are considered amateurs; they are playing for…show more content…
The time that they dedicate to their sport is equivalent to the time someone has to put into a job, if not more. Since, the majority of college athletes does not receive a full ride and do not go pro, colleges should pay the athlete as if there sport was their job to help them pay off college and other expenses. Posnansksi stated “The players matter because they chose those schools, they play for those schools, they win for those schools, and they lose for those schools”(588, Posnanski) I thought this quote really stuck out to me because college athletes play a major role in how they portray their university. They have limited time to work, and somehow, they need to make money. If the athletes are allowed to receive money for their commitments, then it will allow them to cover the expenses their athletic scholarship didn’t apply to. In the past college athletes have gotten suspended for taking money for their performances, if they were rightfully being paid then I think there would be a decrease in the overall suspensions in college

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