Paying the Players: College Athletics

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College athletics are a source of entertainment for sports fans all over America, especially during football and basketball season. Watching college football on Saturdays during football season is an every weekend tradition in many households throughout the United States. Every February college basketball fans fill out their March Madness brackets and try to pick the winner of every game in the sixty-eight team tournament. College sports have not always been as polarizing as they are today though. When collegiate sports first started students were the coaches and managers of teams. As sporting events started making more money, teams started feeling more pressure to win, and with this came the need for a more experienced individual to coach and manage teams. This eventually evolved into colleges hiring coaches as school employees to train and coach the schools team. As college sports started making more money and becoming more popular the National College Athletic Association, NCAA, was formed to make rules and regulate college sporting events. 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 ...

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