College Athletes: Should They be Paid?

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A lot of people believe college athletes are like employees and should be paid to play. College athletes spend most of their time playing their sport for the college, most athletes see themselves more as athletes than students, and they feel like they should be paid for risking their body’s every day. American colleges and universities should recognize college athletes are paid through scholarships and other opportunities and does not need to provide them additional pay. My goal in this paper is to bring some knowledge to people that people college athletes have it bad, or need more help.
To achieve this goal, I have organized my paper into four main sections, two of which have sub-sections. In the first section, I provide an account for three important factors about college athletes: don’t have to pay for anything, gives them the chance to pursue academic or athletic goals, and how they should have better rights or benefits. In the second section, I discuss how most colleges just make enough to stay running, in connection with the important events described in the first section. My third section I show how big colleges would be able to take over, while showing connections from the first two sections. I end the paper with my fourth section, by addressing the opposition, and showing you the opposite sides arguments.
Colleges already pay the athletes to play for them with the scholarship’s they give them: “Scholarships granted to student athletes cover tuition, fees, room, board, and textbooks” (Block 1). This shows how much scholarships really help them out. This shows how scholarships are valuable in countless ways, “The average value of a full, in-state public school scholarship is $25,000 a year… scholarships awarded to outsta...

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...t lately, and they might stop making the NCAA video games, because of how much these student-athletes complain about not getting paid for being on the game. Some possible solutions to help solve this problem would be to give these athletes benefits: “… need players associations to bargain for medical benefits and the right to engage in the same kinds of entrepreneurial ventures…” (Sack 1). They should also allow the student-athletes too: “… be able to endorse products, accept pay for speaking engagements, and get a cut of the profits universities make by marketing their image” (Sack 1). The NCAA and all of the college players need to come to an agreement, that they will not receive money for playing but they will get benefits and be able to accept money for speaking engagements and endorsements.

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