College Athletes Should Be Paid

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“Definition of indentured servant, you work for accommodations and food.” (Arian Foster, Get schooled Netflix documentary). This definition could also describe a college athlete. College athletes have been making the NCAA millions of dollars for decades. All the athletes want is money to help them get by in school, but because we are not paying them they leave for the pros as soon as they can. So now these kids are not getting the education they should, but instead are just trying to make money. College athletes deserve to be paid, if the NCAA is making money from their play. The NCAA is a trap for athletes to make colleges money, colleges don’t care enough for the individual athletes, and these athletes do so much for their colleges. These are just a few of many examples of how the NCAA is deceiving and using these athletes.

The NCAA is an old institution. The NCAA is 108 years old, as it was founded in 1906. The NCAA is a “non-profit” organization that was founded to regulate and protect athletes and their schools. “To help and protect athletes was the main goal for the creation of the NCAA” (Marc Edelman (P)).The NCAA has changed their priorities. The NCAA is changing their views from caring about the athletes to caring about making money. If the NCAA is really only caring about making money and paying colleges and coaches then they aren’t doing their job. “While coaches today get paid millions in 1906 when the NCCA was being created that was not the case” (Marc Edelman (P)). When the NCAA was created it wasn’t paying or intending to pay coaches. Over time, the NCAA’s views on paying coaches has been changed from not paying them to overpaying them. The coaches and the Colleges are making money, but not ...

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...need to be as large. So college athletes right now are indentured servants, but hopefully in the future they won’t be, they will be employees.

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