Summary: Should Student Athletes Get Paid

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College athletes are phenomenal at whatever sport they do, but should they be paid? Paying athletes in college sports is like paying business men to attend meetings. No matter what sport, ever since the 2000s, college sports have brought in a bunch of money to their universities, as well as increasing the popularity for their college. For example, "Orlando Sentiniel, it is estimated that the Athletic Program of Texas University had the highest amount of money made out of any other University at $120,288,370" (How Much Revenue). With that much money, no colleges can pay athletes for their work in their program. The NCAA rules state, “You are not eligible for participation in a sport if you have ever: Taken pay, or the promise of pay, for competing…show more content…
These athletes are working hard and bringing in money to the university every day, but are not rewarded with anything except a congratulations. College athletes are working for the schools and are doing a service to the college that goes unseen. No one can see that they are having a "money crisis" so the athletes are getting underpaid for their jobs. Some even argue, “College athletes are being exploited by their schools, which make millions of dollars off of intercollegiate athletics” (Should Student-Athletes Get Paid?). Colleges use athletics to build up money and the reputation for the school. Some people argue that these student-athletes are amateurs, and if they are paid they are considered professional athletes. They should be considered amateurs even if they are paid because they are still at the collegiate level. Hockey players a part of the Amateur Hockey League are considered to be amateurs but are paid for their work to the…show more content…
“Paying student-athletes would provide athletes an incentive to stay in school...” (Should Student-Athletes Get Paid?). If athletes are paid to play, that will more than likely motivate them to finish school and it will help them pay for tuition, food, and books. The pride of the NCAA focus' on that all student-athletes are students first and athletes second. In college basketball, many freshman stars are called a “one and done” player because they are at the school one year then leave to go to the professional leagues. The importance of their education is lost. The university seems to be hesitant in its actions when it does not pay its athletes, because it seems they support college athletes leaving for the Professional league early. According to the article (“Should Student-Athletes Get Paid?),” “A university’s primary objective is to provide its students with a quality education that prepares them to function in the world as opposed to in college.” However, without paying athletes, universities leave their students with no other option but to not graduate and drop out after a semester or a year to meet their financial needs. Logistically, it should be very simple for the universities to compensate their student-athletes. One author suggests that every university pays the same flat rate to each college athlete for three years, then offer a raise to senior athletes. This

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