Not only are they bringing in money for the school they are also creating a good image for the school and getting the schools name out there. Maybe even interest other young athletes to want to come and play for the school. Throughout the years some players such as Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M) (Berkes) and Cam Newton (Auburn) (ESPN) have been accused of making money while still a college athlete. With this being said, they faced serious consequences if found guilty. College athletes should not be get paid to play for multiple reasons, some being scholarships, some being a student comes first, not an athlete.
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).
William Casement of Naples, a former philosophy professor, states, "Athletes are fortunate that they received their degrees or made substantial process toward it while competing athletically"(Casement and Haug np). Craig Greenlee, a free-lance sports journalist, claims, "The scholarship does not include spending money allowance to help cover incidental expenses such as laundry or bath items"(Greenlee 62). Why should student athletes receive spending money when students with academic scholarships do not even expect to get spending money. Athletes complain about not getting a salary for the sport they participate in, but they do not realize that education acts as another form of payment. It would be too expensive to pay all college athletes.
Everyone has had some type of excitement after winning something. Nothing matters but the win without any thoughts of profit. Recently, there has been a debated question; should college students who play a sport get rewarded by being paid? I believe college athletes should not get paid for various reasons: they receive scholarships, perks and it would create problems with the university expenses. College athletes have been dedicating their time and hard work into the sport they have worked so hard to be respectable at.
Prestigious lawyer and two term Harvard University president, Derek Bok, once said “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” (Johnson&Acquaviva, 2014.). This saying is as true, now, as it has ever been. In fact, according to the U.S census bureau (Johnson & Acquaviva , 2012), the average person who has attained higher education will make approximately a million dollars more within their lifetime than someone who chose the career route following high school. Although college seems to be the obvious path, many youth do not pursue college in attempt to avoid the debt tagged to a diploma. Many students’ only hope of higher education is by obtaining a scholarship.
Today’s tuition for many schools are so expensive that without the scholarships that some of the students receive, they would not be able to attend college at all. For these students, college sports offer a great avenue to obtain an education that otherwise would not have been available for them. This allows them opportunity to study something that they can use to build a better life for themselves and their families. Many people believe that the money generated from the sports played by these kids should be given back to them as they are the ones drawing the fans to these events. However few realize how little schools actually gain money by participating in the National Colligate Athletics Association.
They may be putting in a lot of their time and efforts, but with their college education being paid for, this should be seen as their greatest reward. I think a lot of people forget that many college athletes have full rides to attend school, and they receive many perks being an athlete that many others do not. College isn’t very cheap, and you would be considered very lucky by many to have your schooling paid for. Being able to attend college without having to worry about how you’re paying for it or what you have to do to pay for is the greatest reward they will ever receive. After viewing all the sides, I feel that this issue is a lost cause.