Should College Athletes Be Paid

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Should College Athletes Be Paid? With all the publicity and media output on television for National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball teams and football teams you would assume colleges could and should pay their athletes, right? Wrong. These are student-athletes not professional athletes. Paying of athletes should be left for the professionals. Colleges should maintain the purpose to educate and expand opportunity for future careers through exposure from their athletic performance and education achieved in college. College athletes are amateurs not professionals, they should not be paid due to insufficient funding, as well as being student-athletes, not employees. College athletes should not be paid, they are amateurs playing…show more content…
They are not employees of the school who solely attend to play a sport. They are athletes who are granted free admission to a school’s education and athletic teams. ”Students are not professional athletes who are paid salaries and incentives for a career in sports. They are students receiving access to a college education through their participation in sports, for which they earn scholarships to pay tuition, fees, room and board, and other allowable expenses” (Mitchell). “College athletes already have advantages and shouldn't be paid” (Daugherty). “Athletes should be happy with the free education. If they don’t like it, they should try paying for the tuition without scholarships. These days, college isn’t just a luxury, it’s a necessity. Those who don’t go to college will be left behind with no measurable skills for employers. Most jobs today require a college degree” (Sinkoff). Despite all the expenses paid off for college athletes, one would wonder if the big and marketable schools could pay off their athletes. College athletes can be paid from the largest athletic revenue schools. Business Insider states “In 2014, the ten schools that made the most money in college sports averaged $144.8 million in athletics revenue, $132.5 million more than the average those schools spent on scholarships, $12.4 million” (Gaines). With evidence of there being a surplus colleges should and could be able to pay their athletes. Since the NCAA is a league, all colleges would have to abide by the same rule and pay their athletes. Unfortunately, not every school brings in a lot of revenue from their sports programs to pay all

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