College Sports: Work or Opportunity?

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In a recent interview, Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim was asked for his opinion on the highly debated topic of college athletes being paid for participating on their school’s competitive sports teams. Boeheim, who just last season proudly coached his team to the Final Four for the fourth time, bluntly stated that paying college athletes was “really the most idiotic suggestion of all time… [he] believe[s] they are getting a tremendous opportunity” (The Associated Press). Not only are these college athletes receiving an abundant amount of opportunities by being selected to play on their school’s teams, they are also already receiving scholarships, the payments would not be fair to all the athletes, and not all schools have enough money to pay every player for their participation on these teams. Scholarships are one of the biggest ways for upcoming college students to attend their dream school, or in some cases, any school at all. In this day in age, college is an extremely expensive investment for parents. In order for their child to attend an in-state university, the total cost including tuition, books, fees, a meal plan, and room and board is be around $20,000. Out-of-state tuition costs even more, coming out to be an estimated grand total of $40,000. Thankfully, in-state residents have many opportunities at scholarships such as HOPE, which can knock off thousands of dollars in return for the student’s GPA meeting or exceeding a 3.0. Even then, attending college is not easily affordable for the average household. College athletes, however can receive scholarships for joining their future college’s sports team. These scholarships can either be full rides or partial, but either one can help the student athlete attend a co... ... middle of paper ... ...d receive payment for their performance on specific sports team is unreasonable and honestly cannot be done. These players may be making money for their school by attracting fans to buy tickets and team merchandise, but they are also already receiving partial or full scholarships to attend their college. Colleges would not be able to afford to pay all of their athletes and the payments would be unfair. Athletes who believe it is unfair that they do not get paid for their performance should be grateful for the opportunities they are receiving by being able to attend a college and play the sport they are passionate about. Works Cited "How Do Athletics Scholarships Work?" NCAA. National Collegiate Athletic Association, n.d. Web. 10 Mar. 2014. "Jim Boeheim Is NOT down with Paying College Athletes." Sporting News. The Associated Press, 2 Oct. 2013. Web. 11 Mar. 2014.
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