If college athletes deserve to be paid because they bring revenue to the school, then maybe we should pay high school athletes too! They certainly generate substantial money to the institutions they represent. College athletes in major universities do not pay for transportation, tuition or team facilities. They come to school, more often than not, on full rides in exchange to merely play a sport. No one is making them go to the college and play sports (Acurtes).
In recent years, a major controversy in the NCAA has been whether or not student athletes in college should be paid for playing sports. There are different viewpoints from different people stating if they should or not. Many people believe that they are already being rewarded enough with their education being paid, but even with the school’s help with their tuition and school fees, many have trouble paying personal expenses. Even though some people believe they shouldn’t be compensated for their hard work and dedication, it is the right thing to do, due to their lack of time occupied by sports and schoolwork. Many famous athletes in college such as Johnny Manziel and Tim Tebow bring in millions of dollars into their universities due to publicity and even though they are breaking their backs they don’t receive a single dime for their hard work.
College athletes should not be get paid to play for multiple reasons, some being scholarships, some being a student comes first, not an athlete. Poor money management and big schools would dominate little schools in the recruiting process, and may lose on focus of education, or they may get caught up in living the life of a professional athlete. These are all concrete reasons to why college athletes should not be paid and should take what is given and be happy with it because not all students aren’t getting the same treatment. In some cases athletes get much more than the average student in regards to scholarships, housing, books, and even meals. Now a days college athletes get much more praise and attention compa... ... middle of paper ... ...ractive player to professional recruiters.
Ever since college students started playing sports, back in 1879 when Harvard played Yale in the first collegiate sports game, the question of whether college athletes should be paid was addressed. From that point on athletes, coaches, and college administrators have brought forward points agreeing or disagreeing with the notion of paying college students. The students argue that they deserve to be paid due to the revenue that they bring for the college and because of the games they play and the championships they win. At first the idea of paying college athletes was out of the question, but now the argument has gone from a simple yes or no to a heated debate. Since college athletes are given a free education, they should not also be paid.
Money and sports Collegiate athletes attend college to master their craft before going professional, and should not be paid. This also does not factor in other things such as injury and other issues that could arise. Colleges paying students to perform is not merited and would only cause more problems. Scholarships are important because they allow a student who could not usually attend college for free with the only requirement being that they play on the football team. That is why student athletes should not get paid, because they are already receiving a free education.
Schools also started offering athletes athletic scholarships, players would come play a sport for a college, and in return their college would be payed for. It is not that simple anymore though. The NCAA and colleges benefit greatly from the sporting events student-athletes participate in today. Many people don’t think that college athletes should be compensated because their college is paid for; however, colleges exploit athletes for their talents and use them to make millions for the school and everyone involved in the athletics program while the athletes are struggling to get by because they can’t work, they can’t receive help, and they have to try to keep ... ... middle of paper ... ...nts. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 1994.
It may lead to athletic departments becoming more of a business instead of helping athletes receive an education. Student athletes have more passion for their sport because they are fighting to play. Spectators love college athletes because the athletes are playing for the school and not money. Paying college athletes to play could benefit the players but it would only create more problems for other athletes, students and universities. The innocence of college sports would be taken away if college athletes are paid.
Primarily that the athletes get to go to school for free for playing sports. Another argument is that if student-athletes were to get paid then it would ruin the amateurism of college sports. People who are against paying the athletes do not want to see the young people become focused on money. “Paying student-athletes would dramatically shift their focus away from where it should be - gaining knowledge and skills for life after college” (Lewis and Williams). This is very understandable because one of the biggest reasons college sports are so popular is because the athletes play for school pride and for bragging rights.