College Athletes Should Be Paid

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Should college athletes receive pay for what they do? You’ve probably seen this pop-up a million times, and thought about it. You’ve probably figured why should they? Aren’t they already receiving benefits from a full-ride scholarship? But then an athlete will get caught up in a scandal like Johnny Manziel, where he signed footballs for money.. then you think well why shouldn’t he receive that money? And you then contradict yourself. But shouldn’t they receive money from outside sources, and then the benefits from the school. Not get a salary from the school just the benefits they’re already receiving, and money from sponsors. Wouldn’t that make sense considering the money they’re making the school? According to an ESPN report Alabama University makes $123,769,841 in total revenue from sports. (College Athletics Revenue) Yes ONE HUNDRED & TWENTY THREE MILLION. Yet an athlete from Alabama can only receive benefits from a scholarship.. That doesn’t seem right. You would want to be payed when the opportunity arises. It should only be fair these players get a piece of the revenue pie, after all they are the ones creating the revenue. The players should be getting benefits to allow them to pay for basic college needs, grow up to be responsible adults, and allow the NCAA to thrive. This would allow for the NCAA to truly thrive as a sporting association. The schools should not be paying them a salary, but rather allowing their athletes to receive money for their likeness, and/or time. Now not every player is good enough to be promoted like others, it would raise the playing field in college football. It’s very selfish of the NCAA to promote these players and making money off of them with compensating them. When you look at it; it’s si... ... middle of paper ... ...d working North Americans. Works Cited "College Athletics Revenue." ESPN Internet Ventures, 2008. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. . Eitzen, D. Stanley. "Slaves of Big-Time College Sports." USA Today (Farmingdale). Sept. 2000: 26-30. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. Henderson, John. "Push to Pay College Football Players Gains Momentum." Denver Post. 27 Sep. 2013: A.1. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. Press, Associated. "NCAA Pushes $2K Increase For athletes." ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures, 25 Oct. 2011. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. ProQuest Staff. "At Issue: Student-Athlete Compensation." ProQuest LLC. 2014: n.pag. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. Sherman, Rodger. "Texas Coach Mack Brown Wants College Football Players to Be Paid -" Vox Media, Inc, 24 July 2013. Web. 17 Jan. 2014.

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