Why College Athletes Should Not Be Paid

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The issue of paying college athletes had been discussed for many years. There are many arguments for and against the compensation of student athletes. Many feel that schools and the National Collegiate Athletic Association are taking advantage of athletes who devote their time to performing and training in a sport the university profits from. These athletes are chosen to represent their university at a high athletic level and in return receive compensation through scholarships. Although it may seem that schools are taking advantage of their student athletes by profiting off of their skills the athletes are also making a profit off of their skills and shouldn’t be compensated more than they currently are. College athletes should not be paid for their athletic performance. Many athletes receive scholarships for their participation in activities usually…show more content…
This is a lot more than many average non athletes receive. According to The Sport Journal “the fear of the NCAA, as it should be, is that the mere notion of paying college athletes undermines the university’s primary purpose – education, something far more valuable than a modest annual stipend proposed by many”(Johnson, 2012). A student athlete’s scholarship can be worth at least $120,000 per year when factoring in goods services and future earnings. The NCAA had awarded more than $17 billion in athletics scholarships within the last decade (NCAA, n.d.). Those that don’t receive full athletic scholarships have many other options such as academic scholarships, grants and financial aid. The athletes that receive scholarships are given the opportunity to receive a college degree while mastering their athletic skills. The lack of appreciation for a
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